The Golden Bowl
An inspired and amusing exploration of that nearly forgotten British nautical necessity: punch.
The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl
by David Wondrich
$23.95 List Price
'Tis the season, and I suspect there is no one on earth capable of embracing it more festively than David Wondrich. His first book about cocktails, Imbibe! (2007), is a rousing call to the bar in the form of the life and times of pioneering nineteenth-century bartender—and author of The Bartender's Guide—Jerry Thomas, recipes included. To it he now adds the wildly entertaining and fantastically instructive Punch: The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl (Perigee, $24). Who knew that a book about the history of a drink that is, after all, just "a simple combination of distilled spirits, citrus juice, sugar, water and a little spice" could be a page-turner? But it is, from the moment when Wondrich quotes an eighteenth-century song I can easily imagine yowling around the Christmas tree in my dining room come
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