What books caught my eye this week as they passed over the library counter and under my scanner? Food and drink this week...
First the drinks. Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist by Tim Federele.
From the publisher, Running Press:
"A clever tribute to literature, Tequila Mockingbird is the cocktail book for the literary obsessed. Combining beloved classic novels with witty humor and delicious drink recipes, some of the charming recipes include Vermouth the Bell Tolls, Gin Eyre, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margarita, Bridget Jones’s Daiquiri, and more. Accompanying the 65 cocktail recipes are a list of tools and techniques, a spirits glossary, and a handful of drinking games and bar bites, making this cocktail book both fun and functional. With a special cover designed to look like a classic novel, whimsical illustrations, and a two-color design throughout, Tequila Mockingbird is a one-of-a-kind cocktail book."
How about something to eat with that drink? Anything That Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making of a New American Food Culture by Dana Goodyear.
From the publisher Riverhead Books:
"New Yorker writer Dana Goodyear combines the style of Mary Roach
with the on-the-ground food savvy of Anthony Bourdain in a rollicking narrative
look at the shocking extremes of the contemporary American food
A new American cuisine is forming. Animals never before
considered or long since forgotten are emerging as delicacies. Parts that used
to be for scrap are centerpieces. Ash and hay are fashionable ingredients, and
you pay handsomely to breathe flavored air. Going out to a nice dinner now often
precipitates a confrontation with a fundamental question: Is that
Dana Goodyear’s anticipated debut, Anything That Moves, is
simultaneously a humorous adventure, a behind-the-scenes look at, and an attempt
to understand the implications of the way we eat. This is a universe populated
by insect-eaters and blood drinkers, avant-garde chefs who make food out of
roadside leaves and wood, and others who serve endangered species and Schedule I
drugs—a cast of characters, in other words, who flirt with danger, taboo, and
disgust in pursuit of the sublime. Behind them is an intricate network of
scavengers, dealers, and pitchmen responsible for introducing the rare and
exotic into the marketplace. This is the fringe of the modern American meal, but
to judge from history, it will not be long before it reaches the family table.
Anything That Moves is a highly entertaining, revelatory look into the
raucous, strange, fascinatingly complex world of contemporary American food
culture, and the places where the extreme is bleeding into the
(Over the Counter is a regular feature at A Bookworm's World. I've sadly come to the realization that I cannot physically read every book that catches my interest as it crosses over my counter at the library. But...I can mention them and maybe one of them will catch your eye as well. See if your local library has them on their shelves!)