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As you might expect, the cookbook is heavy on the cocktails; in fact, almost a third of the book is devoted to drinks. But what a fun section it is. Each cocktail is prefaced by a synopsis of the episode in which the drink appeared as well as, when appropriate, information about the bar or restaurant that served it. In addition, Gelman and Zheutlin recount the history of many of the mixed drinks.
The remainder of the cookbook is divided into appetizers, salads, main courses, and desserts and sweets. If you are of a certain age, then you'll remember these recipes from your childhood:
- Stuffed celery
- California dip
- Wedge salad
- Waldorf salad
- Beef Wellington
- Swedish meatballs
- Pineapple upside-down cake
- Popcorn balls
I remember the days when my parents would be invited to cocktail parties and would dress up in evening clothes just to go to a gathering at a friend's house. Thank goodness by the time I was of age, formality had pretty much run its course. All those dresses that could be worn only once or twice because they had already been seen . . . Anyway, back to the cookbook.
The recipes are very doable for the home cook. I'm sure my mother has made pretty much every one of them at some point in her life. And I'm sure I've tasted them all. Thus what called to me were the cocktails. I didn't really need to try fettuccine Alfredo or chicken Kiev for the millionth time, so instead I turned to the section that was not part of my childhood taste memories: the booze.
Thanks goes to Mr. BFR who made the ultimate sacrifice to help me taste test two classic cocktails. What a guy!
From "Meditations in an Emergency": season 2, episode 13
Courtesy of the 21 Club
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce Rose's lime juice
The vodka gimlet (which we liked better) is on the left; the rusty nail is on the right (click images to enlarge). Yum!
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Published by BenBella Books / Smart Pop, 2011
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