Torn from the pages of Publishers Marketplace, here are some book deals from the past year that caught my eye.
December 4, 2013
Bartender and journalist Jacob Grier’s COCKTAILS ON TAP: The Art of Mixing Spirits And Beer, featuring more than 50 recipes for mixed drinks featuring beer as an ingredient, to Laura Dozier at Stewart, Tabori & Chang, by Jud Laghi at Jud Laghi Agency (World).
November 1, 2013
Mixologist and alchemist Scott McCallum’s and editor for the Chatelaine Modern Classics Cookbook, food writer, recipe developer, blogger and food stylist Victoria Walsh’s CANADIAN COCKTAIL GUIDE, a celebration of this country’s unique cocktail culture and artistry by region, featuring 100 signature drinks from Canadian mixologists, updated classics, the authors’ own creations, local flavours, and on-trend ingredients in a variety of cocktail forms, including infused spirits and syrups, tonics, bitters, sodas, and more, to Robert McCullough at Appetite, by Judy Linden at Stonesong on behalf of Random House.
October 3, 2013
Ian Buxton’s 101 LEGENDARY WHISKIES YOU’RE DYING TO TRY BUT (PROBABLY) NEVER WILL, a must-have for whisky lovers and whisky voyeurs which introduces readers to the rarest, finest and most expensive whiskies on the planet, to Emma Tait at Headline, for publication in June 2014, by Judy Moir at Judy Moir Agency (World English).
September 24, 2013
Proprietor of the Clover Club in Brooklyn and the Flatiron Lounge in Manhattan, Julie Reiner’s THE CRAFT COCKTAIL PARTY, written with former editor at Tasting Table Kaitlyn Goalen, an approachable guide to the world of craft cocktails that will show how to make great drinks with a simple home bar and how to entertain without spending your entire party mixing cocktails, to Karen Murgolo at Grand Central Life & Style, in a good deal, in a pre-empt, for publication in Spring 2015, by Jonah Straus at Straus Literary (World English).
May 28, 2013
Partners in the Mercadito Hospitality Group and co-owners of The Tippler, the cocktail bar in Chelsea Market Tad Carducci and Paul Tanguay (aka The Tippling Bros.)’s SHAKING UP DAISIES, a cocktailbook that pays tribute to Tequila and Mezcal, with 50+ recipes, plus the Mexican travel stories that inspired them, with primers on the margarita and the agave plant, and a breakdown of various chilies, salts, and other indigenous cocktail ingredients, with photography, to Justin Schwartz at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, by Dan Kirschen at ICM (World).
April 2, 2013
Reid Mitenbuler’s BOURBON EMPIRE: Whiskey and the Story of America, an exploration of the nation’s most distinctive spirit, from John Winthrop’s “hot waters” to the cornerstone of cocktail culture that bourbon is today, to Liz Van Hoose at Viking, at auction, by Michelle Brower at Folio Literary Management.
February 11, 2013
Mark Will-Weber’s MINT JULEPS WITH TEDDY ROOSEVELT, a history of presidential drinking that highlights not only the personal habits of our presidents but also the surprising, quirky and sometimes violent role alcohol played in executive policy, history, and society, to Alex Novak at Regnery History, by The Schisgal Agency (NA).
February 6, 2013
Former wine/spirits editor for Eater and Wine Spectator columnist Talia Baiocchi’s SHERRY, a guide to the history, many styles, and top producers of the wine world’s hidden secret, with photographs and more than 40 cocktail recipes, to Aaron Wehner at Ten Speed Press, by Kim Witherspoon and Allison Hunter at Inkwell Management (World).
February 2, 2013
NYT “Drink” columnist and author of the memoir DRINKING WITH MEN Rosie Schaap’s THE WHISK(E)Y BOOK, an informative, opinionated whiskey guide, to Kylie Foxx McDonald at Workman, by Scott Waxman at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency (World).
January 7, 2013
Travel, wine and spirits journalist Chantal Martineau’s TEQUILA!: The Rise (and Rise!) of Mexico’s National Spirit, the definitive history of one of the only spirits than can truly be said to have terroir, tracing its evolution from frat-house firewater to luxury good, to Yuval Taylor at Chicago Review Press, by Becky Vinter at FinePrint Literary Management.