Even though I'm a fan of vodka, I've been known to occasionally enjoy the Dark Spirits. Having recently found a delightful guidebook, I journeyed to the dark side enjoying the many new concoctions within. When I saw Fred Thompson's Bourbon recipe book, I chose to journey deeper into bourbons mythical powers and selected to receive and review it.
Bourbon is a small 94 page book which provides a little information about Bourbon's history, and bar basics. Five chapters filled with enticing photos and tempting recipes follow, including classic and modern beverage cocktails and food recipes. A handy measurement chart is provided at the end of the final chapter.
Many recipes call for ingredients which may not be found in a typical home bar, but I none were extremely unusual or difficult to find. Even so, we were able to prepare cocktails the first evening the book arrived without running to the store. While there is a chapter with party sized recipes, most are for single or small yields. The recipes are fairly simple to make as well, including the final chapter's five edible mouth watering recipes.
The food recipes are enticing, but this chapter is the shortest in the book. Fred could've easily added more recipes to fill out this section. For example, the classic bourbon pecan pie is noticeably missing from this book. So is bourbon butter for garnishing grilled steaks.
As cookbooks go, Bourbon: 50 Rousing Recipes for a Classic American Spirit is brief but worthy of purchase. For those who like to learn a little about culinary history and glance at pictures, this is an interesting book to thumb through and enjoy. Bourbon fans will certainly enjoy creating and tasting the recipes too.
PROS: Filled with tempting recipes Enticing full page color photos Uncomplicated tasty recipes.
Fred Thompson has taken taken a truly American spirit, bourbon, and offered it up in fifty wonderful recipes in his book, "Bourbon: 50 Rousing Recipes For A Classic American Spirit." He divides the book into seven wonderful sections, and includes a conversion chart and index as well. The first two sections of the book introduce the reader to bourbon's sketchy history and the tools of the trade necessary to properly mix bourbon beverages. From … more
When I saw this book, I was very interested because I have been known to drink a cocktail or two in my time. I am uninterested in the bar scene, and I prefer to make my own cocktails at home. I don't have many recipes that call for bourbon, so I grabbed this book. There are good points to this tome. It is very visually appealing with bright pictures, fun fonts, and easy to read type. There are also a lot of good recipes, not only cocktail recipes, but Thompson gives you basic … more
If you are Bourbon lover like myself, you will love this book. Although it has only 50 recipes, most of the recipes are pretty "classic" and serves as a very handy reference, especially for someone who is just starting to venture into bourbon cocktail mixing. Bourbon - 50 Rousing Recipes for a Classic American Spirit contains 45 drink recipes and 5 recipes for edibles (Turkey/Chicken in Bourbon Brine, Salmon with Brown Sugar and Bourbon Glaze, Bourbon Dessert Balls, Pie, and … more
This is a small and easy-to-use book that should function well both for the bourbon traditionalist and those seeking to explore new ways to make use of what Congress apparently once called "a distinctive product of the United States." It's a pretty good combination (I was tempted to say "blend") of history and mixology without going too heavily in either direction. It doesn't have the written flair or the broad diversity of my favorite cocktail book Esquire Drinks: An Opinionated and Irreverent … more
This small book is a nice collection of bourbon recipes from the standard to the bizarre. There is a nice cross section of recipes for anyone from the neophyte who has only a small bar to the veteran mixologist who has all sorts of strange delights at his or her disposal. Indeed, some of these cocktails would be fairly difficult and expensive to prepare, but there are plenty that are easy to whip up at a moment's notice - great for unexpected guests (who like bourbon cocktails, that is). The … more