Top 10 books about drink
1 Old Waldorf Bar Days by Albert Stevens Crockett
A piece of history from 1931 that reveals how posh folks drank before Prohibition.
2 The Savoy Cocktail Book
A highly collectible example of 1930 Art Deco but affordable reprints (link to PLP) are available.
3 The Tale of John Barleycorn or, from Barley to Beer by Mary Azarian
Printed in 1982, a beautiful version of this folksong illustrated with woodcuts.
4 Wine in War and Peace by Evelyn Waugh
Waugh’s 1947 tribute to his beloved vino with illustrations by Rex Whistler.
5 Drinks-Man-Ship by Len Deighton
This 1964 collection of essays were culled from Town Magazine. Very scarce.
6 The Stork Club Bar Book by Lucius Beebe
First published in 1946, this cocktail recipe book also offers an insight into saloon society.
7 Bar Room Ballads by Robert Service
First published in 1940, a lusty collection of poems and ballads from frontier saloons.
8 Inns, Ales and Drinking Customs of Old England by Frederick W. Hackwood
First published in 1909, this covers the lot – pub signs, drunkenness, breweries, songs etc.
9 The Broom Is Out: Confessions of a Budweiser Beer Drummer by Dick Wall
A memoir from an Anheuser-Busch executive – details pre-WWII life in St Louis, Missouri
10 Mother’s Ruin: The Story of Gin by John Watney
A long forgotten gem from 1976 – details how gin drinking became a political hot potato.
And the bonus 11th book is…. The Class Book of U.S. Beer Cans
Homer Simpson would love this one from 1982 – photos of 2000+ beer cans from 1930 to 1980.
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