am 13. August 2014
‘The Bar Book’ prepared by Jeffrey Morgenthaler with a valuable contribution in the form of excellent photos by Alanna Hale, is a book for cocktail preparation enthusiasts who with its help will be able to improve their skills and broaden their knowledge.
There are not many cocktail guides on the market, meaning good ones that deal with technique, not only the recipes. I remember ’The Cocktail Lab’ by Tony Conigliaro as one of such examples, therefore this edition will be welcomed by people interested in learning of preparing quality cocktails.
Starting from the beginning where author emphasizes there are three things, of equal importance, that make a great cocktail – the first is the recipe, the second that’s going to make or break the good feeling are its ingredients and the third, often overlooked which is the subject of the book, being the preparation technique – Morgenthaler succeeds in delivering many tips and tricks that separate cocktail master from those people who are just following the recipes wondering why they do not manage to make a good cocktail.
However, the author also threw in a lot of interesting recipes between its covers, so you can be sure that with this book you just cannot go wrong. Additionally, the book excels in the field of presentation - the beautiful full page photos full of details could be the only reason for purchasing this book, even if reader would ignore the well-made and educational text.
Therefore ‘The Bar Book’ is book that eventually could become a benchmark for providing information on techniques for cocktail preparation, so if after a busy day you enjoy preparing your home cocktail specialty I recommend you to read (and look through) this book - except that you will enjoy, it will give you a lot of useful and applicable information.