Book Review: Irvin S. Cobb's Own Recipe Book

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Book Review: Irvin S. Cobb's Own Recipe Book

Unread postby bourbonv » Sat Dec 04, 2004 12:06 pm

Irvin S. Cobb's Own Recipe Book, by Irvin S. Cobb. Louisville and Baltimore: Frankfort Distilleries, Incorporated, 1934, Forward, Index, Illustrated, Pp.52.

This paperback book was written by Irvin S. Cobb to promote the products of Frakfort Distilleries after prohibition. It is cleverly written and illustrated. The index is simple and more for finding specific types of drinks than facts in the book.

The book starts with Cobb's retelling the story of American distilling in his own way. Not exactly an acurate history but an entertaining story. This takes about half of the book. The halfway mark is noted by a two page illustration of Frankfort Distilleries product. What follows is a couple of pages of history of Paul Jones. Then drink recipes. This is the real value of the book. These are traditional American drink recipes. There are Sours and Fizzes, Collinses and Slings, Flips and Toddies. These are the drinks that people were drinking in the gay nineties and the roaring twenties. Drinks of the Gilded Age and Prohibition.

This simple book is a rare find, but well worth adding to a library just for its drink recipes.

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