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Everyday Drinking: The Distilled Kingsley…

Everyday Drinking: The Distilled Kingsley Amis (1983)

by Kingsley Amis

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Series: Everyday Drinking (Omnibus 1-3)

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A collection of hilarious and deeply informed writings about drink from one of the all-time authorities. Kingsley Amis was one of the great masters of comic prose, and no subject was dearer to him than the art and practice of imbibing. This new volume brings together the best of his three out-of-print works on the subject. Along with a series of well-tested recipes (including a cocktail called the Lucky Jim) the book includes Amis's musings on The Hangover, The Boozing Man's Diet, What to Drink with What, and (presumably as a matter of speculation) How Not to Get Drunk-all leavened with quizzes on the making and drinking of alcohol all over the world. Mixing practical know-how and hilarious opinionation, this is a cocktail of wry humor and distilled knowledge, served by one of our great gimlet wits.--From publisher description.… (more)
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The book is a three part compilation. The first part is a guide to various types of alcohol, cocktails, wine a beer. If found this to be the most entertaining and informative part of the book.

The second part is a compilation of weekly (I assume) newspaper columns written by the author. Some of these deal with subject covered in the first part. This section is also entertaining, though not quite as much as the first part.

The third part is a quiz on wines, beer and cocktails. I did not read this section, as the quiz aspect did not appeal to me.

All in all, a very enjoyable read. ( )
  grandpahobo | Apr 7, 2015 |
Everyday Drinking: The Distilled Kingsley Amis
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
This volume collects "On Drink", an extended essay on cocktails, wine and wine snobs, and parties; "Everyday Drinking", a collection of short articles written originally for a magazine, and "How's your Glass" a series of mock-serious quizzes about drink, also written for a magazine. Amis is a very good comic writer. He is more of a "spirits" man than a wine or beer connoisseur. His comments on the hangover are priceless for the distinction between the physical and the moral parts of the feeling. Light but fun. ( )
  neurodrew | Jul 24, 2013 |
This is not a book for reading straight through as much as tippling from at odd times. But if you are at all fond of alcohol, it is a must-read.

There are actually three short books in this volume. The first, and best, section is Amis's treatise on drink. It is quite funny, and some practical tips are scattered here and there. The second section reprints Amis's newspaper columns on the subject of drink, and there is some repetition here. The final section contains several alcohol-related quizzes, which might be fun after having a few.

Keep this book by your bar, and remember to nip from it every now and then. It's probably the only book on the subject you'll need. ( )
  sturlington | Oct 23, 2011 |
Reading this book is like inviting an evil angel to sit on your shoulder. You think "I shouldn't like this" but you can't help yourself.

Here's Kingsley Amis being Kingsley Amis. Bibulous, bilious, and quite funny. His essays display an amazing knowledge of drink -- and not a purely academic knowledge. He also shows a great deal of self knowledge; Amis knows his own charms, and his flaws, and makes the best of both sides of his character.

Read this: you'll want a drink, or a better one. ( )
1 vote DavidGoldsteen | Aug 21, 2009 |
Kinglsey Amis. Alcohol. What more is there to say? ( )
  emfink | Jun 15, 2009 |
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Before he was knighted in 1990, Amis published three books about the judicious but enthusiastic consumption of alcohol: “On Drink,” “Everyday Drinking” in 1983 and “How’s Your Glass?” in 1984. Long out of print, these volumes have finally been gathered together and reissued under a single cover, topped off with a fizzy introduction by Christopher Hitchens. These books are so delicious they impart a kind of contact high; they make you feel as if you’ve just had the first sip of the planet’s coldest, driest martini...

One essay collected here — it deserves to be rediscovered and widely anthologized — is “Mean Sod’s Guide,” a tongue-in-cheek tutorial about how to “stint your guests on quality and quantity” while seeming to have done them very well. Among his tips for a host determined not to pour too many drinks: “Sit in a specially deep easy-chair, and practice getting out of it with a mild effort and, later in the evening, a just-audible groan.”
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It is reasonably well known that the art of brewing and fermenting arose in nice time for the dawn of human civilization (there are ancient poems and mosaics and that sort of thing, dedicated to the celebration of the fact), but it's at least as notorious that an opened flask of alcohol is a mouth that can lead to hell as well as heaven.
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Please distinguish this LT Work, an omnibus titled Everyday Drinking: The Distilled Kingsley Amis (2008), from Kingsley Amis' similarly-titled original Work, Every Day Drinking. The omnibus reprints three of Amis' Works in one volume: On Drink (1972), Every Day Drinking (1983), and How's Your Glass?: Quizzical Look at Drinks and Drinking (1984). Thank you.
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