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Straight Up or on the Rocks
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William Grimes is the restaurant critic for The New York Times. He lives in Astoria, Queens.

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America ``expresses its character in a thousand seemingly trivial but potent messages. . . . One of them is the cocktail.'' Here Grimes, a New York Times reporter, considers the meaning of the message conveyed to Americans by ``flashy, vulgar drink.'' His brief and witty history, with recipes (e.g., rhubarb highball; ``the unexpected''), traces popular taste from the Mayflower (which carried beer kegs, among other provisions) to the ``rococo'' fare of the genre's heyday at the turn of the century, and continues to the contemporary era, considering the likes and dislikes of yuppies (``Fussy and particular, the yuppie turned out to have a whim of iron''). This is a suitably sparkling introductory overview, not a full history with footnotes; Grimes entertains as he informs, with the flair and the good manners of a happy-hour host. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Apr.)

Grimes ... has written a perceptivem informative and sometimes amusing account of the shifts and swings in American drinking fashions. Grimes' sophisticated writing combines with his thorough scholarship to mirror the mixology he documents. [Grimes's] enthusiasm for the subject is absolutely intoxicating. A short, engrossing history of the concoction in all its variety. The story of the cocktail itself is long overdue. In Straight Up Or on The Rocks, William Grimes--does an expert job--mixing classic-drink recipes with wonderful accounts that will leave cocktail connoisseurs happy.--Paul Engleman "Playboy magazine " "Grimes ... has written a perceptivem informative and sometimes amusing account of the shifts and swings in American drinking fashions." --The New York Times "The story of the cocktail itself is long overdue. In Straight Up Or on The Rocks, William Grimes--does an expert job--mixing classic-drink recipes with wonderful accounts that will leave cocktail connoisseurs happy." --Paul Engleman, Playboy magazine "Grimes' sophisticated writing combines with his thorough scholarship to mirror the mixology he documents." --Booklist "[Grimes's] enthusiasm for the subject is absolutely intoxicating." --Teresa Weaver, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution "A short, engrossing history of the concoction in all its variety." --Katherine Powers, The Boston Sunday Globe Grimes ... has written a perceptivem informative and sometimes amusing account of the shifts and swings in American drinking fashions. "The New York Times" The story of the cocktail itself is long overdue. In Straight Up Or on The Rocks, William Grimes--does an expert job--mixing classic-drink recipes with wonderful accounts that will leave cocktail connoisseurs happy. "Paul Engleman, Playboy magazine" Grimes' sophisticated writing combines with his thorough scholarship to mirror the mixology he documents. "Booklist" [Grimes's] enthusiasm for the subject is absolutely intoxicating. "Teresa Weaver, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution" A short, engrossing history of the concoction in all its variety. "Katherine Powers, The Boston Sunday Globe"" "Grimes ... has written a perceptivem informative and sometimes amusing account of the shifts and swings in American drinking fashions." -"The New York Times" "The story of the cocktail itself is long overdue. In Straight Up Or on The Rocks, William Grimes does an expert job--mixing classic-drink recipes with wonderful accounts that will leave cocktail connoisseurs happy." --Paul Engleman, "Playboy "magazine "Grimes' sophisticated writing combines with his thorough scholarship to mirror the mixology he documents." --"Booklist" "[Grimes's] enthusiasm for the subject is absolutely intoxicating." --Teresa Weaver, "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution" "A short, engrossing history of the concoction in all its variety." --Katherine Powers, " The Boston Sunday Globe"

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