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Grogan's Companion to Drink
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Booze writers are in general nerdish and insular. The beer boys, with their compulsory beards, live in the pub and are looked down upon both by the wine writers (who live in glass houses) and the Rudolphs as the red-nosed specialists of the spirits world could be twermed. As for the writers of cocktails, no living specimen has been taken since the first publication of The Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930 rendered all subsequent efforts redundant. This tendency explains why there are no books that span the whole subject of booze, as if people who drink wine might never enjoy a cocktail or even a beer. The Compendium of Booze will plug the yawning gap for a single source of information for, say, the key ingredients in a Pimms, for a pithy tutorial on how the hierarchy of the wines of Bordeaux is structured (what are people on about when they refer to a cru bourgeois ) or for a round-up of all those Polish beers on the shelves. It will not only avoid being nerdish and insular, it will also a
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