To Have And Have Another
By Phillip Greene
Note: Penguin Group provided a copy of To Have And Have Another for our review. No compensation was received. This review contains our true and honest opinions.
Reviewed by: Lucas
Are you a fan of Ernest Hemingway and great cocktails? Then To Have And Have Another is a must for you to read!
To Have And Have Another is probably one of the quirkiest books you will ever read–but you should read it and I will tell you why. The author has two declared preoccupations: Ernest Hemingway and cocktails. He has blended both of these themes together with the same loving care that he no doubt stirs his martinis.
The book is organized by cocktails. They range from standard: mojitos, cubra libres and the like—to the much more exotic: such as the “Ojen Special” and the ominously titled, “Death in the Afternoon.” The author provides not only an adequate recipe for each concoction, but also the biographical connection to Hemingway (often with a little historical background for good measure). Interesting little vignettes are interspersed throughout To Have And Have Another. In the end though, it all comes down to booze.
Greene says a lot in a little. He gives new insights into one of America’s best-loved novelists. Everyone who loves Hemingway knows that the man cannot be separated from the drink. Greene’s book leaves me with the impression that, perhaps, our modern, American appreciation of alcohol cannot be divorced from the legacy of Ernest Hemingway.
About the Author
Philip Greene is one of the founders of the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans. A descendant of the Peychaud family of New Orleans, Greene counts among his ancestors the illustrious Antoine Amedee Peychaud, the nineteenth-century New Orleans pharmacist who created Peychaud’s Bitters (essential to a true Sazerac) and is credited with coining the term “cocktail.” By day, Philip serves as Trademark and Internet Counsel for the U.S. Marine Corps, stationed at the Pentagon. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and three daughters.
Rating for To Have And Have Another: 5/5
I rarely give anything a full rating but I really struggled to see where this book could have been improved upon. Let’s be clear, this is no Silent Spring, the purpose of this book is not to change the world. What it does do is bring the reader closer to one of the greatest literary giants of the 20th Century. It’s a heck of a lot of fun in the process. Although not for teetotalers, I heartily recommend this book to anyone who loves Hemingway or who loves a good stiff drink.
Where to Buy:
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