To Have And Have Another

 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

To Have And Have Another

To Have And Have Another

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:

Priced at $24.00, you can pick  up To Have And Have Another at the usual big book stores in your town.  For those who love the convenience of Amazon (and the savings), you can purchase yours  here!   Amazon        

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“It’s Not You, It’s Brie” by Kirstin Jackson

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Kirstin Jackson, author of the new book, It’s Not You, It’s Brie:  Unwrapping America’s Unique Culture of Cheese.  Kirstin has a bubbly personality and passion for cheese and that comes through in her book.  She takes the reader on a delightful journey behind-the-scenes into 48 American artisan cheesemakers.  You’ll learn who is making the cheese, where its made, and how.  Whether you only buy cheese in your local grocery store or you have a cheesemonger on speed dial – you will find this book entertaining and informative.

The book, published by Perigee ( November 6, 2012), is just in time for the holidays!  It’s the kind of book that everyone — foodies, artisans, cheese lovers, cooks, and the mothers who make dinner every night — will be eager to add to their collection.  This would be great for a holiday gift, or for your own reading enjoyment.  Whether you are navigating the marketplace for a new cheese, looking for a wine to pair with that cheese, or trying one of Jackson’s featured recipes — you are sure to love this book.

While not a cookbook, Kirstin does offer several delicious recipes using some of the cheeses featured in the book.  From Gouda Almond Toffee to Perlitta Meatballs, you will find delicious recipes that are sure to please.  I also love the fact that Kirstin gives beer, wine and food pairings that go with each cheese style.

Here are excerpts from the synopsis from the cover of the book:

….In It’s Not You, It’s Brie, cheese expert Kirstin Jackson tells the whole cheese story.  Through 48 American cheese profiles, she takes us “backstage” into underground caves, into funky scents and traditions that link today’s cheesemakers to American history….

……You’ll meet the people who dedicate their lives to artisan cheese — from those who run generations-old family farms to others who ditched their day job to start a dairy…….

Kirstin is a professionally trained cook,  cheese program director, wine bar manager and published food and wine author.  She has a vast knowledge about cheese but is able to transpose that into an entertaining and humorous book that’s sure to be a hit this holiday season.  She also has a popular website by the same name:   It’s Not You, It’s Brie

It’s Not You, It’s Brie by Kirstin Jackson.  (Perigee:  November 6, 2012)  $ 19.00

I received a sample copy of It’s Not You, It’s Brie to read for this review and Holiday Gift Guide.  These are my true and honest opinions.  No compensation was received. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Not You, It’s Brie by Kirstin Jackson ( Perigee:  November 6, 2012)  $ 19.00

 

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