Top 10 Best Books to Read in Beverages & Wine - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Beverages & Wine. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Beautiful Boards: 50 Amazing Snack Boards for Any Occasion


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Beverages & Wine - August 2021

Make mealtimes, special occasions, and holidays extra memorable with these 50 delicious, inspiring, family-friendly, and easy-to-recreate snack boards. Visually exciting and deliciously enticing, these snack boards by Maegan Brown (aka The BakerMama) move beyond (and include) classic cheese and charcuterie and are comprised of easy-to-find fresh and prepared foods, arranged in beautiful, artful, and whimsical ways (think red, white, and blue snacks shaped into an American flag for celebrating Fourth of July and a fruit-and-veggie rainbow with cracker clouds to brighten any day). The variety of foods on each board will delight everyone, and the stunning presentation will encourage kids to try foods they might normally refuse. Plus, you can make the boards ahead of time, so you can actually sit down and spend time with your loved ones. In this book, you will find boards for anytime family meals and snacks , seasons and holidays , breakfast and brunch , desserts , and entertaining and special occasions . Impress your family and friends with artful masterpieces , including: Build-Your-Own Parfait Board Mimosa Board Summer Fun Board Take Me Out to the Ball Game Board Mediterranean Mezze Board Barbecue Board S’mores Board Build-Your-Own Sundae Board Along with The BakerMama’s tips to get you into the board mind-set , every board is accompanied by a gorgeous, large photo and step-by-step instructions to make each one easy to recreate. Beautiful Boards is an entertaining game changer that will have you spending less time in the kitchen and more time having fun. Discover even more inspiring food presentation ideas from The BakerMama in her Beautiful Boards follow-up, Spectacular Spreads .

  • Author: Maegan Brown
  • Publisher: Rock Point (September 24, 2019)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Beverages & Wine
  • ISBN: 978-1631066474
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10.4 inches

                 

2. Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Beverages & Wine - August 2021

An updated and revised edition of Anthony Bourdain's mega-bestselling Kitchen Confidential, with new material from the original edition Almost two decades ago, the New Yorker published a now infamous article, “Don’t Eat before You Read This,” by then little-known chef Anthony Bourdain. Bourdain spared no one’s appetite as he revealed what happens behind the kitchen door. The article was a sensation, and the book it spawned, the now classic Kitchen Confidential , became an even bigger sensation, a megabestseller with over one million copies in print. Frankly confessional, addictively acerbic, and utterly unsparing, Bourdain pulls no punches in this memoir of his years in the restaurant business. Fans will love to return to this deliciously funny, delectably shocking banquet of wild-but-true tales of life in the culinary trade from Chef Anthony Bourdain, laying out his more than a quarter-century of drugs, sex, and haute cuisine—this time with never-before-published material.

  • Author: Anthony Bourdain
  • Publisher: Ecco; 1st edition (January 9, 2007)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Beverages & Wine
  • Dimensions: 5.31 x 0.79 x 8 inches

                 

3. The Ultimate Bar Book: The Comprehensive Guide to Over 1,000 Cocktails (Cocktail Book, Bartender Book, Mixology Book, Mixed Drinks Recipe Book)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Beverages & Wine - August 2021

The Ultimate Bar Book — The bartender's bible James Beard nominee for Best Wine and Spirit Book The cocktail book for your home: The Ultimate Bar Book is an indispensable guide to classic cocktails and new drink recipes. Loaded with essential-to-know topics such as barware, tools, and mixing tips. Classic cocktails and new drinks: As the mistress of mixology, the author Mittie Hellmich has the classics down for the Martini, the Bloody Mary—and the many variations such as the Dirty Martini and the Virgin Mary. And then there are all the creative new elixirs the author brings to the table, like the Tasmanian Twister Cocktail or the Citron Sparkler. Illustrated secrets of classic cocktails and more: Illustrations show precisely what type of glass should be used for each drink. With dozens of recipes for garnishes, rims, infusions, and syrups; punches, gelatin shooters, hot drinks, and non-alcoholic beverages; and let's not forget an essential selection of hangover remedies, The Ultimate Bar Book is nothing short of top-shelf. If you liked PTD Cocktail Book , 12 Bottle Bar and The Joy of Mixology , you'll love The Ultimate Bar Book This makes for a great gift for bartenders and is the ideal addition to any bartender's book collection or for anyone who's looking for books from these categories: Essential Cocktail Books Bartender Recipe Books Drink Mixing Books Alcohol Drink Recipe Books.

  • Author: Mittie Hellmich
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1st Edition (June 23, 2006)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Beverages & Wine
  • ISBN: 978-0811843515
  • Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.7 x 7 inches

                 

4. Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza [A Cookbook]


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Beverages & Wine - August 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From Portland's most acclaimed and beloved baker comes this must-have baking guide, featuring recipes for world-class breads and pizzas and a variety of schedules suited for the home baker. There are few things more satisfying than biting into a freshly made, crispy-on-the-outside, soft-and-supple-on-the-inside slice of perfectly baked bread. For Portland-based baker Ken Forkish, well-made bread is more than just a pleasure—it is a passion that has led him to create some of the best and most critically lauded breads and pizzas in the country. In Flour Water Salt Yeast , Forkish translates his obsessively honed craft into scores of recipes for rustic boules and Neapolitan-style pizzas, all suited for the home baker. Forkish developed and tested all of the recipes in his home oven, and his impeccable formulas and clear instructions result in top-quality artisan breads and pizzas that stand up against those sold in the best bakeries anywhere. Whether you’re a total beginner or a serious baker, Flour Water Salt Yeas t has a recipe that suits your skill level and time constraints: Start with a straight dough and have fresh bread ready by supper time, or explore pre-ferments with a bread that uses biga or poolish. If you’re ready to take your baking to the next level, follow Forkish’s step-by-step guide to making a levain starter with only flour and water, and be amazed by the delicious complexity of your naturally leavened bread. Pizza lovers can experiment with a variety of doughs and sauces to create the perfect pie using either a pizza stone or a cast-iron skillet. Flour Water Salt Yeast is more than just a collection of recipes for amazing bread and pizza—it offers a complete baking education, with a thorough yet accessible explanation of the tools and techniques that set artisan bread apart. Featuring a tutorial on baker’s percentages, advice for manipulating ingredients ratios to create custom doughs, tips for adapting bread baking schedules to fit your day-to-day life, and an entire chapter that demystifies the levain-making process, Flour Water Salt Yeast is an indispensable resource for bakers who want to make their daily bread exceptional bread.

  • Author: Ken Forkish
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Illustrated edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Baking
  • ISBN: 978-1607742739
  • Dimensions: 8.38 x 0.95 x 10.27 inches

                 

5. The Art of Mixology: Classic Cocktails and Curious Concoctions


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Beverages & Wine - August 2021

Become your own bartender and create new, delicious concoctions at home with this collection of artisan cocktail recipes. In addition to craft drinks and techniques, this book also covers traditional mixology methods and features classic cocktails that never go out of styles, such as the Mai Tai, Marilyn Monroe, and Zombie. Are you craving a cocktail but not the alcohol? Try your hand at making mock-tails with recipes for the Ginger Fizz, Long Boat, Sober Sunday, or Cranberry Energizer. Let the cocktail hour commence with more than 200 recipes to choose from!  CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY RECIPES: The best of traditional and contemporary mixology for all occasions. For a romantic dinner, special celebration, holidays, entertaining and more, there is a perfect, well-loved drink for every get-together ACCOMMODATES ALL LEVELS: This ultimate cocktail recipe book is made for beginners, experts, and everyone in between, featuring non-alcoholic drink recipes or mix drinks with alcohol favorites including whiskey, vodka, gin,  rum, brandy, and bubbles ANY OCCASION:   Whether it's creating a cocktail hour martini or fixing a Brandy Alexander nightcap, this is the stylish guide to exclusive drinking that will capture the beautiful cocktail artistry for all drink enthusiasts EASY AND SIMPLE: Includes a beginner bartenders guide to cocktails and a stunning anthology of cocktail recipes for novice to experienced bartenders to make at home as well as beautiful photographs MAKES A GREAT GIFT: Makes a great gift for a birthday, holiday, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and more.  This is a great bartending book gift for a new home or to complete any renovated home bar

  • Author: Parragon Books
  • Publisher: Parragon Books (September 18, 2018)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Beverages & Wine
  • ISBN: 978-1680524109
  • Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.7 x 9.4 inches

                 



6. Wine Folly: Magnum Edition: The Master Guide


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Beverages & Wine - August 2021

JAMES BEARD AWARD WINNER The expanded wine guide from the creators of Wine Folly, packed with new information for devotees and newbies alike. Wine Folly became a sensation for its inventive, easy-to-digest approach to learning about wine. Now in a new, expanded hardcover edition, Wine Folly: Magnum Edition is the perfect guide for anyone looking to take his or her wine knowledge to the next level. Wine Folly: Magnum Edition includes:    •   more than 100 grapes and wines color-coded by style so you can easily find new wines you'll love;    •   a wine region explorer with detailed maps of the top wine regions, as well as up-and-coming areas such as Greece and Hungary;    •   wine labeling and classification 101 for wine countries such as France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Austria;    •   an expanded food and wine pairing section;    •   a primer on acidity and tannin--so you can taste wine like a pro;    •   more essential tips to help you cut through the complexity of the wine world and become an expert. Wine Folly: Magnum Edition is the must-have book for the millions of fans of Wine Folly and for any budding oenophile who wants to boost his or her wine knowledge in a practical and fun way. It's the ultimate gift for any wine lover.

  • Author: Madeline Puckette
  • Publisher: Avery; Illustrated edition (September 25, 2018)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Beverages & Wine
  • ISBN: 978-0525533894
  • Dimensions: 7.53 x 1.1 x 9.66 inches

                 

7. A History of the World in 6 Glasses


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Beverages & Wine - August 2021

The New York Times Bestseller “There aren’t many books this entertaining that also provide a cogent crash course in ancient, classical and modern history.” ― Los Angeles Times Beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and Coca-Cola: In Tom Standage’s deft, innovative account of world history, these six beverages turn out to be much more than just ways to quench thirst. They also represent six eras that span the course of civilization―from the adoption of agriculture, to the birth of cities, to the advent of globalization. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the twenty-first century through each epoch’s signature refreshment. As Standage persuasively argues, each drink is in fact a kind of technology, advancing culture and catalyzing the intricate interplay of different societies. After reading this enlightening book, you may never look at your favorite drink in quite the same way again.

  • Author: Tom Standage
  • Publisher: Walker Publishing Company; Annotated edition (May 16, 2006)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Beverages & Wine
  • ISBN: 978-0802715524
  • Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.99 x 8.32 inches

                 

8. The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Beverages & Wine - August 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Get the recipes everyone is talking about, handy nutrition facts, and 125 stunning photographs in the debut cookbook from the wildly popular blog Skinnytaste.   Gina Homolka is America’s most trusted home cook when it comes to easy, flavorful recipes that are miraculously low-calorie and made from all-natural, easy-to-find ingredients. Her blog, Skinnytaste is the number one go-to site for slimmed down recipes that you’d swear are anything but. It only takes one look to see why people go crazy for Gina’s food: cheesy, creamy Fettuccini Alfredo with Chicken and Broccoli with only 420 calories per serving, breakfast dishes like Make-Ahead Western Omelet "Muffins" that truly fill you up until lunchtime, and sweets such as Double Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies that are low in sugar and butter-free but still totally indulgent.   The Skinnytaste Cookbook features 150 amazing recipes: 125 all-new dishes and 25 must-have favorites. As a busy mother of two, Gina started Skinnytaste when she wanted to lose a few pounds herself. She turned to Weight Watchers for help and liked the program but struggled to find enough tempting recipes to help her stay on track. Instead, she started “skinny-fying” her favorite meals so that she could eat happily while losing weight.   With 100 stunning photographs and detailed nutritional information for every recipe, The Skinnytaste Cookbook is an incredible resource of fulfilling, joy-inducing meals that every home cook will love.

  • Author: Gina Homolka
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Illustrated edition (September 30, 2014)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Beverages & Wine
  • ISBN: 978-0385345620
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.07 x 10.27 inches

                 

9. Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Beverages & Wine - August 2021

Pour yourself a drink and brush up on your literary knowledge with this clever guidebook that pairs cherished novels with both classic and cutting-edge cocktails. No B.A. in English required! From barflies to book clubs, Tequila Mockingbird is the world's bestselling cocktail book for the literary obsessed. Featuring sixty-five delicious drink recipes paired with wry commentary on history's most beloved novels, Tequila Mockingbird also includes bar bites, drinking games, and whimsical illustrations throughout. Drinks include: The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose The Last of the Mojitos Love in the Time of Kahlua Romeo and Julep A Rum of One's Own Are You There, God? It's Me, Margarita Vermouth the Bell Tolls and more! 2013 Goodreads Choice Award (Food & Cookbooks) Entertainment Weekly Great Gifts for Book Lovers BookPage Best of 2013 Clue on Jeopardy

  • Author: Tim Federle
  • Publisher: Running Press Adult; Illustrated edition (April 23, 2013)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Beverages & Wine
  • ISBN: 978-0762448654
  • Dimensions: 5.25 x 0.65 x 7.25 inches

                 

10. Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Beverages & Wine - August 2021

With little skill, surprisingly few ingredients, and even the most unsophisticated of ice-cream makers, you can make the scrumptious ice creams that have made Ben & Jerry's an American legend. Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book tells fans the story behind the company and the two men who built it-from their first meeting in 7th-grade gym class (they were already the two widest kids on the field) to their "graduation" from a $5.00 ice-cream-making correspondence course to their first ice-cream shop in a renovated gas station. But the best part comes next. Dastardly Mash, featuring nuts, raisins, and hunks of chocolate. The celebrated Heath Bar Crunch. New York Super Fudge Chunk. Oreo Mint. In addition to Ben & Jerry's 11 greatest hits, here are recipes for ice creams made with fresh fruit, with chocolate, with candies and cookies, and recipes for sorbets, sundaes, and baked goods. The 90-plus authentic recipes are spiced with Lyn Severance's bright, quirky, full-color illustrations.

  • Author: Ben Cohen
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (January 5, 1987)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Beverages & Wine
  • ISBN: 978-0894803123
  • Dimensions: 7 x 0.44 x 7.75 inches