The Bar

A Spirited Guide to Cocktail Alchemy

By Oliver Said; James Mellgren
(Ten Speed Press, Paperback, 9781580086820, 191pp.)

Publication Date: September 2005

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In a dynamic and fun-to-read format, THE BAR comprehensively profiles the hundreds of varieties of spirits essential to any bartender's repertoire. Restaurateur Olivier Said and food writer James Mellgren outline the historical background of each spirit, how it is produced, and how best to enjoy it. This bar book, however, is not just a compilation of recipes but an erudite romp through the history of spirits, from the perspective of two veteran bartenders who have tended bar in more than 12 establishments, spanning seven cities in three countries between them. THE BAR will educate, inspire, and amuse both professional and home bartenders who want to better understand the alchemy and the traditions behind their favorite cocktails.

About the Author

JAMES MELLGREN spent 10 years as a buyer for Dean & DeLuca in New York, and has written and lectured about the foods of Spain, most recently for the Culinary Institute of America. He is currently the associate editor of Gourmet Retailer magazine and lives in Berkeley, California.
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