David J. Montgomery combines his knowledge of history and alcohol into one potent libation of love through his work at ProfessorCocktail.com. He is also a nationally renowned book critic and commentator on writing and the publishing industry. Mr. Montgomery is an emeritus columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and The Daily Beast, and has written for USA Today, The Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, and other fine publications. His ebook, Professor Cocktail's Zombie Horde: Recipes for the World's Most Lethal Drink, was the #1 best-selling bartending book on Amazon. A former Professor of History, Mr. Montgomery lives in the Washington, D.C. suburbs with his wife and two daughters.
Dieses Buch gehört mit zu den lieblosesten Cocktailbüchern, die ich besitze - und inzwischen sind das doch schon ne ganze Menge. Es wird hier ein Rezept an das andere geklatscht, und zwar ohne jegliches Layout oder Design. Und nur weil irgendwer einen Drink "Zombie XY" nennt, muss das Resultat noch lange nix mit "dem Original" zu tun haben. Es gibt keinerlei Story, keine Tasting Notes, keine Fotos. Nur einen kurzen Satz zu jedem Drink, der aber nicht immer sonderlich aussagekräftig ist.
5つ星のうち5.0The definitive book on the definitive Tiki drink
The Zombie is the foundation on which the mighty temple of Tiki stands. Yet much of its history is shrouded in mystery. We know it was first poured by the legendary Don the Beachcomber in 1934. But what exactly was Don pouring? And how close to or wide of the mark were his many, many imitators?
Wonder no longer, because David J. Montgomery (in his guise as Professor Cocktail) is here to serve as your personal Indiana Jones and unearth Tiki's greatest treasure. In an exhaustive yet entertaining work of scholarship, Montgomery scours available sources to compile every Zombie known to man, living, dead and undead.
Montgomery starts with the master, featuring not one but several recipes attributed to Don the Beachcomber including the one recognized as the original. He surveys variations from Trader Vic's, other joints famed and forgotten, and renowned bartenders of history. Montgomery offers savvy, honest criticism of each, like advice about which ones to avoid and spirit suggestions. Want whiskey and rum versions? They're here, too. PROFESSOR COCKTAIL'S ZOMBIE HORDE also boasts several never-before-published riffs on the classic from noted contemporary mixologists like Jim Meehan of New York's PDT.
Written with senses of both history and humor, PROFESSOR COCKTAIL'S ZOMBIE HORDE finally gives one of the greatest and most misunderstood of mixed drinks the treatment it deserves. Once you're done reading, a bottle of rum won't be enough. You'll require several.
First, a confession: I bought this book without ever having tried a Zombie in my life. I'm not terribly well-versed in mixology. I don't possess much knowledge about alcoholic beverages beyond remembering which red wines I like, or that I don't particularly care for gin. That said, I'm always eager to learn, and this book, ZOMBIE HORDE, is a gem of a resource. I loved learning the history of the Zombie, and Professor Cocktail's comments on the many varieties were not only helpful but fun to read. I couldn't wait to dive in and try a few of my own, so yesterday, with my iPad in hand, we created two of the easier versions to get ourselves started. Mm-mmm!! Wonderful! Directions were clear, ingredients well defined, and the results left us thirsty for more! Can't get better than that!
This book is much more than a collection of recipes - it's entertainment as well. I'd love to buy print copies of this to give as gifts. (Hint!) I'd also like to see more titles by Professor Cocktail (another hint!). He takes on the Zombie with great enthusiasm and energy. I'd love to see him bring that spirit (get it?) to more books like this one. They would be auto-buys for me!
The most important thing about this ebook is that it is (almost) all inclusive, including the good and the bad. To see what went wrong after the Zombie's heyday one has to see the drink recips that came afterwards. Gone were the absinthe and bitters notes; all that was left was fruit. And most encouraging are the more recent takes on the Zombie, returning to the original touches while adding new ones.
I do enjoy this book- I first bought the Kindle version when the print version was not available. But ebooks require a nearby device and don't always paginate correctly. So I then bought the print version. Now it's hard to read because the print is too light and too small, unnecessary because even at one drink per page, the print never goes below 2/3 the way down. Content-wise it's missing the Aku Aku version in Beachbum Berry's book, which is one of my favorites.
Great book. One of my favorite Tiki drinks. The book is a consolidation of different versions of Zombie recipes from well known bars & bartender and some very obscure ones also. My only dislike is the small print - but then again there is space on each page to make notes about which recipe you tried & liked or ddi not like. Maybe I'm getting a little too geeky about my cocktails!
The Professor has written the definitive tome, or is it tomb, on the initial and renowned Tiki Drink. Numerous recipes are included in this spectacularly researched ebook, including some that should only be viewed for their hysterical content, i.e., Gas Station pamphlet. However, some of the horde may prove to be worth a sip or three. The Professor's commentary for many of the entries provides guidance to the student in the adventure. Perhaps a companion volume on the Mai-Tai may be in the offing?
The Zombie was one of the first Tiki cocktails that i ever tried and firmly established itself as one of my favourites. The version i had i later learned used the recipe from David Emburys book 'The Fine Art Of Mixing Drinks', which you will also find here, but as my knowledge of tropical drinks grew so did the number of variations i found existed of this drink. But now i know just how many exactly thanks to this book. I'd love to see a hard copy made with waterproof (rum-proof) pages as i'm sure there would be a lot of spillage after making a few of these potent drinks which you could make for a quite a long time with so many different recipes contained in the one place. A very good book well worth the cost to learn so much about an amazing tropical drink.
The ultimate collection of recipies for this famous and mysterious concoction complete with "back stage" information. Everything anyone could ever want to know about about the exotic cocktail known as "The Zombie"!
This recipe book is making me thirsty!! I love a good tiki drink, but I never knew I'd also love learning the history of the zombie. This book is full of fascinating facts, along with nice color photos to accompany the text. And lots and lots of drink recipes! Excuse me, I need to go buy a big bottle of rum...
Sadly, I was taken in by the large number of good reviews and discounted the more accurate critical reviews. This (evidently) self-published book is like a bound stack of print-outs from a cocktail website...LITERALLY. In almost all of the cases, the author details where the recipes originate...many from other published works...books, newspaper articles or websites. There is no design to speak of. Even the typeface shows the pixels as if it were printed on a bad dot matrix printer. I knew the minute I opened it that I would not be keeping it even though I am a compulsive tropical cocktail book purchaser. Save your money...spend it, as another reviewer suggested...on a Beachbum Berry title.