If you've ever wanted to know more about whiskey but felt intimated or put off by stuffy experts, then this is the book for you. Daniel Yaffe's Drink More Whiskey is a fun, unpretentious, and highly informative guide to whiskey, scotch, rye, bourbon, and all the rest. You'll learn about the history and geographies of whiskey, how to drink it, and how to learn what you like. If whiskey isn't already your favorite drink, it just might be by the time you finish reading.
• Who wrote it: Daniel Yaffe; illustrations by Mary Kate McDevitt
• Who published it: Chronicle Books
• Number of recipes: 20
• Recipes for right now: Final Whisper, Broken Branch, Saskatchewan Punch, The Royal Warrant, Sideshow, Nail in the Coffin
• Other highlights: Daniel Yaffe's goal is to "help integrate whiskey into your life without having to spend a lifetime to learn every minute detail." You won't find too much technical jargon here; rather, it's a highly readable guide to whiskey basics, flavors, and brands. Each chapter highlights a different region or style, from white dog to American, Canadian, Scottish, Irish, Japanese, and other world whiskies.
Whiskey tasting and mixing tips are provided not for the sake of formality but so that you can learn what you like (and don't). The book also includes cocktail recipes ranging from classics, like the Old Fashioned, to contemporary creations that may introduce you to new ways of appreciating whiskey.
• Who would enjoy this book? Anyone who wants to learn about whiskey, whether drinking out or at home.
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Drink More Whiskey: Everything You Need to Know About Your New Favorite Drink by Daniel Yaffe
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