A Drinkable Feast by Philip Greene

Although cocktails (complete with recipes!) make up the chapters in A Drinkable Feast, you can be a complete teetotaler and still enjoy the read.

The literary and arts scenes of 1920s Paris come to life through period photos and advertisements and Philip Greene’s vivid, engaging storytelling. This is narrative nonfiction at its best. Plenty for Fitzgerald and Hemingway fans, and the musician in me was happy to see mentions of Cole Porter and Les Six. I’ll definitely be trying out the Boeuf sur le Toit recipe soon!

A Drinkable Feast: A Cocktail Companion to 1920s Paris would make a great gift for cocktail enthusiasts or history/arts buffs alike.

Have you ever tried a drink (alcoholic or not) because you read about it in a book?

I had somehow never heard of a Tom Collins until I read 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, and tried it for the first time shortly thereafter. Aomame says the drink is “not especially good,” but it’s been a favorite of mine ever since. I mean, it’s basically slightly sparkly lemonade with gin, how can that be anything but delicious? I had some extra lemons to use up this weekend, and a super sparkly cocktail shaker, so I tried my hand at making one myself using this recipe (since a Tom Collins predates 1920s Paris). It came out great!

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.