The New Old Bar (Paperback)

Classic Cocktails and Salty Snacks from the Hearty Boys

By Steve McDonagh, Dan Smith

Agate Midway, 9781572841390, 207pp.

Publication Date: November 6, 2012

List Price: 19.95*
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The New Old Bar is a collection of 200 great classic cocktail recipes that takes the fear out of entertaining and demystifies the party-throwing experience. Much more than an assortment of vintage cocktails (plus 25 terrific small dishes to enjoy while you drink them), The New Old Bar is a how-to manual on bringing mid-century cocktail culture to your home bar.

Authors Steve McDonagh and Dan Smith comprise the Chicago restaurant and catering duo known as The Hearty Boys, who were the winners of the very first series of The Next Food Network Star. The Hearty Boys have catered events for President Barack Obama, and they have fed notables from Oprah Winfrey to Hillary Clinton.

In this fun and beautifully photographed book, McDonagh and Smith tell readers about the proper tools needed for hosting successful cocktail parties, including vital information on bar setup, equipment needs, and proper shaking and blending techniques.

The Hearty Boys have charmed the country with their breezy, insouciant take on food and entertaining, and now they bring the same warmth, humor, and easy expertise to the world of classic cocktails. Drink up.

About the Author

Steve McDonagh, who along with Dan Smith comprises The Hearty Boys, won the very first series of The Next Food Network Star and hosted the Food Network series Party Line with the Hearty Boys. They have appeared on CBS's The Early Show and in Life, The New Yorker, the New York Times, among other publications. He lives in Chicago, where he and Dan operate The Hearty Boys catering business and the acclaimed restaurant Hearty.

Praise For The New Old Bar: Classic Cocktails and Salty Snacks from the Hearty Boys


"The 60’s are coming back as shown in current trends in fashion, architecture and interior design. Recipes in Talk With Your Mouth Full take the culinary infatuated reader on a blast to the past. Vintage cocktails are a strong trend and Steve McDonagh is bringing back gin and pushing for punch...updating them with fresh juices and green teas." —Catering Magazine

"Books that shine: The Hearty Boys first cookbook offers their signature mix of high-spirited fun, common sense party planning advice and accessible dishes pulled from cuisines around the world." —Chicago Tribune

"Smith and McDonagh artfully update the familiar in this collection of party-ready recipes." —Publishers Weekly

"Talk With Your Mouth Full presents dishes that turn your head – from chilled beets and asparagus with nasturtiums to salmon wellington, truffled mashed potatoes to biscotti regina – and then make their construction completely logical and accessible." —Kirkus Reviews

"Dan and Steve's delightful and delectable recipes, along with their creative ideas for presentations, will put you in the mood to throw a party – and guarantee a fabulous affair!" —James McNair, author of Pizza and Build a Better Burger

"Dan and Steve jumped out in front of the pack from day one on Food Network...and this cookbook is bound to be beloved for its tips, recipes, and relatable culinary expertise." —Marc Summers, Food Network host and producer

"Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh lay out everything a host needs. And they inspire you to put your heart into it, because they know that's what makes home entertaining work." —Francine Maroukian, author of Chef's Secrets

"It was love at first sight and with my guests that weekend it was love at first bite...The Hearty Boys, Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh, serve up 125 trendy treasures guaranteed to jazz up your cooking repertoire and add spunk and sparkle to your party planning!" —

"With food like this, who needs caterers?" —Chicago Sun-Times

"Makes party planning just as fun as the event itself! Talk With Your Mouth Full proves that the boys accessible nature makes them the perfect party advisors – as well as hosts whose soiree we’d love to sneak into." —Metro Source NY

"Who are you going to get brunch-throwing advice from -- that hyperactive Rachael Ray or the Hearty Boys? Here’s a hint Talk With Your Mouth Full." —Out Magazine

"Packed with delicious recipes and infused with spirit Talk With Your Mouth Full is one of the happiest and most infectious cookbooks to come across our desk. If you like to cook, this book will make you love to cook. If you love to cook, you will be singing and dancing around your sizzling pots!" —InMamasKitchen

"We love the Hearty Boys! Talk With Your Mouth Full is full of relaxed humor and a casual approach to entertaining!" —Catersource Magazine