Recipes on the Rocks | August 2013

Library Journal Reviews starred reviewNewman, Kara. Cocktails for a Crowd: More Than 40 Recipes for Making Popular Drinks in Party-Pleasing Batches. Chronicle. 2013. 86p. ISBN 9781452109497. $18.95. BEVERAGES

Spirits editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine and author Newman (Spice & Ice) shares expert advice for preparing large batches of great cocktails, presenting over 40 recipes and preparation tips from experienced bartenders. For party hosts who prefer to socialize with guests rather than mix drinks all night, this book provides an index of drinks suitable for large batches (punches, pitcher drinks, tiki & tropical drinks, cool & classic drinks) and conveniently offers lessons in balancing flavors, measuring techniques, and presentation ideas. Several pages dedicated to homemade garnishes, sweetening syrups, and specialty ice help elevate recipes to the next level. VERDICT While a few of the plan-ahead tricks might be common sense to some readers, the majority of advice in this user-friendly book will be extremely helpful to the novice bartender.—Laura Snavely, Library Journal

Scott-Goodman, Barbara. Happy Hour at Home: Libations and Small Plates for Easy Get-Togethers. Running Pr. 2013. 160p. photos. index. ISBN 780762445851. pap. $20; ebk. ISBN 9780762448777. COOKING

Brooklyn-based author, art director, and book designer Scott-Goodman introduces easy food and beverage recipes to transform one’s home into the ultimate happy hour destination. Readers interested in entertaining can browse 90 recipes organized by type of cuisine, ranging from American bar classics (buffalo chicken wings with blue cheese dressing) to inventive spins on old favorites (tuna tartare on toasted wontons) to more substantial meal-sized dishes (slow-cooked Cuban roast pork sandwiches). Conveniently, the author includes cocktail options that pair well with each culinary genre. VERDICT Impressively thorough in its variety and beautifully photographed, this collection will surely change some readers’ ideas of what it means to stay in.—Laura Snavely, Library Journal