Thursday, December 29, 2005

Another interesting article found about cocktails, this time in the National Post.

Christine Sismondo, author of Mondo Cocktail: A Shaken and Stirred History (McArthur and Company, $24.95) agrees. Her handsome book is crammed full of fascinating cocktail lore that simply can't be found anywhere else. It's clear she loves her cocktails, but it's equally obvious she knows more about what goes into a mixed drink -- and why --than just about anyone else on the planet. Cheers to her, I say. - Marc Horton

Saturday, December 24, 2005

In case you missed it, a nice little article about cocktails in today's Globe and Mail. Also, buy a National Post if you have some time and have a look at the books they recommend as stocking stuffers. It's true Mondo Cocktail would fit well into a stocking and it's not too late to run out to your local Pages, Book City or Chapters/Indigo and get a copy. But hurry, supplies are bound to be running low.

Cheers and Merry Christmas.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Found a nice little review of a book about champagne in the Globe this weekend. Perhaps if you take the Toronto Star's suggestion (today but it seems to be in the print version only) that Mondo Cocktail makes a good gift book, you'd want to pair it with a book on champagne for that special someone in your life who enjoys the finer things in life.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Another mini-review found:

Mondo Cocktail: A Shaken and Stirred History is a delightful read, just the right kind of congenial fare to curl up with over the holidays. The author, Christine Sismondo, has taught courses on film, new media and writing at York University, Ryerson and the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. She is also a freelance writer and until recently, maintained her once-a-week job bartending at a pub "known neither for its food and atmosphere nor wide beer selection." She did, however, entertain her clientele with perfect cocktails and anecdotes about cocktail culture. The book is witty, full of interesting facts and just plain fun. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

- Sean Wood

Chronicle Herald

Sunday, December 04, 2005

I wish I had some clever words to introduce these reviews of Mondo Cocktail with, but frankly, all the best witticisms this weekend seem to have been used up by Nick Pashley and Jessica Warner.

Inspired choices for reviewers! Pashley wrote Notes on a Beermat: On Drinking and Why it's Necessary a few years ago - an extremely funny book that, now that I think about it, was probably a major influence in my decision to write about cocktails - and, Jessica Warner wrote the groundbreaking Craze: Gin and Debauchery in the Age of Reason in 2002.

Pashley wrote: This handsome little hardcover book (with numerous appropriate illustrations) should come shrink-wrapped with a cocktail shaker, because only the clinically dead could read Mondo Cocktail and not want to mix a stiff drink. Even a beer guy.

And then, there's Warner: Caution: This book is recommended for ironic readers only. Some people might be shocked to read that the best cure for a hangover is a "Bloody Mary with two shots of vodka," that people who have neither the time nor money to drink Grand Marnier in the morning are to be pitied, that the abolition of drive-through bars is a minor tragedy bespeaking a lack of political will on the part of lushes. There is, of course, an element of ├ępater le bourgeois in all this -- reason enough to give the book to the born-again Christians in your life.