Shakespeare and Cocktails

Shakespear Not StirredWell, this is fun. Two Shakespeare scholars have a released a cocktail book, Shakespeare, Not Stirred: Cocktails for Your Everyday Dramas (2015). “Each original cocktail and hors d’oeuvre recipe connects Shakespeare’s characters to life’s daily predicaments.” For example, you can “Drown your sorrows after a workplace betrayal with Othello’s Green-Eyed Monster.”

You can listen to an interview with the authors, Caroline Bicks and Michelle Ephraim, at Copies of the book can be bought for about $10 here.


Lyranda Martin Evans and Fiona Stevenson, Reasons Mommy Drinks

Lyranda Martin Evans Fiona Stevenson Reasons Mommy Drinkso.k., this is not exactly the sort of drinks book that would usually mention.

But rules may be broken for a good reason, and the reason here is straightforward: Reasons Mommy Drinks (Three Rivers Press, 2013) is very funny.

Just look at the cover—a cocktail with Lego ice cubes, a depiction of the intrusion of children upon cocktail hour. Authors Lyranda Martin Evans and Fiona Stevenson have put together an amusing volume of one-page maternal rants paired with cocktail lessons.  So, to pick one of the 100 or so, here is a snippet of “Swim Class”:

Mommy was punch drunk from labor when she signed you up for Infant Swim at the local public pool. She had visions of you flowing peacefully in the water, an extension of the womb, but failed to consider this would mean pouring herself in  postpartum swimwear. Visual reference: sausage bursting on a BBQ. All Mommy owns are neon string bikinis from a previous life, but she can’t bear to buy a sensible one from the I’ve Given Up Line at Sears…

This entry is followed by a recipe for the Pool Party, a tasty mixture of blue curacao, lemonade, and soda. other entries address all-too-real post-childbirth topics like “the car seat,” “sex,” “the babysitter,” etc.

You can order a paperback or e-copy of Reasons Mommy Drinks here . No doubt it would make a laugh-inducing gift for the soon-to-be-mother or new mom.


Joe Fisher and Dennis Fisher, Brewing Made Easy

Fisher Brewing Made EasySimplicity—it has its appeals.

Brewing Made Easy: A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Beer at Home (Storey, 2013, 2nd ed.) is a trim paperback that sells for less than $12, and it is written in clear, simple prose. It is aimed at the absolute beginner, the lad or lass who is not sure what equipment to buy or how to turn grain into great beer.

With 25 recipes, the book will last the beginning homebrewer at least a few years. And the Fishers can be trusted—they have been brewing quite a while and know of what they speak.

You can peek inside the book here, and you may buy a copy here.