Torn from the pages of Publishers Marketplace, here are some book deals from the past few months that caught our eye.
March 3, 2014 – SMUGGLER’S COVE by Martin Cate
Exotic cocktail expert, rum scholar, high potentate of the Rumbustion Society and proprietor of Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco, Martin Cate’s SMUGGLER’S COVE: COCKTAILS, RUM AND THE CULT OF TIKI, a look at the world of tiki cocktails and culture, from its roots in 1930s Hollywood through its mid-century heyday to the craft tiki revival now in full swing, as well as a guide to the mysterious spirit that is rum, with recipes, full-color illustrations, entertaining tips and a primer on tiki style, to Emily Timberlake at Ten Speed Press, in a very nice deal, for publication in fall 2015, by Jonah Straus at Straus Literary (NA).
March 3, 2014 – SHAKESPEARE, NOT STIRRED by Caroline Bicks and Michelle Ephraim
Shakespeare scholars Caroline Bicks and Michelle Ephraim’s SHAKESPEARE, NOT STIRRED, a cocktail book with equal parts booze and Bard to serve up cocktails and munchies with a twist of irreverent Shakespearean wisdom, to Meg Leder at Perigee, in a very nice deal, at auction, by Adriann Ranta and Allison Devereux at Wolf Literary Services (NA).
February 28, 2014 – THE MODERN CLASSICS by Robert Simonson
NYT spirits and cocktail writer and author of THE OLD-FASHIONED Robert Simonson’s THE MODERN CLASSICS, the first book to chronicle the story of the craft cocktail renaissance, featuring 25 iconic, important libations, to Emily Timberlake at Ten Speed Press, by David Larabell at the David Black Literary Agency.
January 27, 2014 – DRUGSTORE WHISKEY, PHARMACY GIN by Matthew Rowley
Historian and author of MOONSHINE! Matthew Rowley’s DRUGSTORE WHISKEY, PHARMACY GIN: Making It and Faking It with 200 Secret Booze Recipes from the Height of Prohibition, using high-resolution images from a secret 1920’s manuscript, Rowley examines the traditions, ingredients, and cultural context of Prohibition bootlegging with extensive annotations and over 200 recipes, to Ann Treistman atCountryman Press, for publication in Fall 2015, by Lisa Ekus of Lisa Ekus Group.
January 14, 2014 – AMARO by Brad Thomas Parsons
James Beard Award and IACP Cookbook award-winning author Brad Thomas Parsons’s AMARO, a spirited exploration of the world of aperitifs, digestifs, and bitter liqueurs – ranging from familiar favorites like Campari and Fernet Branca, to more obscure potables – featuring more than 70 amaro-centric cocktail recipes and a dozen DIY amaro recipes, to Emily Timberlake at Ten Speed Press, for publication in Spring 2015, by David Black at the David Black Literary Agency (World).
January 7, 2014 – Sean Muldoon, Jack McGarry and Ben Schaffer
Tales of the Cocktail multiple award-winning bartenders Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry, of The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog in New York and formerly of The Merchant Hotel in Belfast, and writer Ben Schaffer’ on untitled combination cocktail guide, history, and memoir revealing the recipes and relating the tales that made both their bars the cocktail cathedrals of our time, to Justin Schwartz of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, for publication in Spring 2015, by Marilyn Allen at the Allen O’Shea Literary Agency (World).