Drink Up | Wyatt’s World

As the fall cookbook season gets under way—look for the annual Cookbook Countdown starting November 3—don’t forget the many titles focused on beverages, from bourbon to tea. These picks combine bar food and drinks, flash fiction and cocktails, and even famous distillery cats. Here are six covering swills of all sorts.

  • Easy Leaf Tea: Tea House Recipes To Make at Home by Timothy d’Offay (Ryland Peters & Small).
    The topic of tea is almost as buzzy as liquor and certainly has its own following. Provide those readers with this highly illustrated deep dive into preparing and brewing as well as innovative new recipes.
  • The Art of the Bar Cart: Styling & Recipes by Vanessa Dina & others (Chronicle).
    This stylish and richly photographed book supplies a range of bar cart ideas accompanied by recipes. A rum cart is paired with the expected mojito, but there are twists, including a drinks cart for kids (beverage of choice here is the “soda drop”) and those wanting a low–alcohol proof setup.
  • The Wine Lover’s Daughter: A Memoir by Anne Fadiman (Farrar).
    Noted essayist and author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Fadiman offers up a memoir about her father, a literary man, who deeply loved wine. A “pure reading pleasure,” read the LJ starred review.
  • National Geographic Atlas of Beer: A Globe-Trotting Journey Through the World of Beer by Nancy Hoalst-Pullen & Mark W. Patterson (National Geographic).
    A key title in the growing collection on beer, this image-rich guide boasts a global tour of brews, highlighting its history, tastes, and types.
  • Meehan’s Bartender Manual by Jim Meehan
  • 3-Ingredient Cocktails: An Opinionated Guide to the Most Enduring Drinks in the Cocktail Canon by Robert Simonson
    (ea. vol: Ten Speed: Crown).
    One of the biggest cocktail books of fall, Meehan’s tome on mixology details the ethos of bartending and presents recipes with explanations. Expect demand from those in the know.
    Simonson, who writes for the New York Times, delivers an accessible guide to mixing classic and modern libations in what is sure to be another essential addition to the topic.
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Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at Readers_Shelf@comcast.net

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