We received some good news in an otherwise gloomy period when Juggernaut books decided to open all its books for readers on its app with its #ReadInstead initiative. Mind you, Juggernaut is a force to reckon with in the publishing world and has some of the best titles to its name with marquee writers such as Kiran Nagarkar, Amitabha Bagchi and Manu S Pillai among other popular authors. We dived into the treasure trove of books on the app to list out the seven books on drinks you must read during this time of self distancing. Here they are, in ascending order of number of pages.
1 – Drink Pink
128 pages, Victoria James, Lyle Railsback
Coming to actual books, Drink Pink is a naked celebration of rosé in all its glory. Victoria is one of the youngest sommeliers to pass the wine exam and became New York’s youngest sommelier. She has been in the restaurant industry since she was 13 years old and this book is all about rosé wines – from how its produced to how to drink it and the entire chain of people it takes to bring the drink from farm to bottle.
160 pages, Mary T. Bell
Okay, so it’s not just drinks but this book is indispensable in the current summer season where you could technically dry anything that can later be used in drinks. It’s also not everyone’s cup of tea, to use the right expression, but if you’ve ever wondered how different food drying is in the West compared to how our grandmothers did it, this is a good book to go through.
176 pages, Abigail R. Gehring
Abigail R. Gehring’s Tea Cocktails is a mixologist’s guide to making some amazing tea cocktails – one of the biggest trends in the US right now. Check out how to make cocktails like Peppermint Cosmo, Lemongrass Mojito, Rooibos Berry Daiquiri and 75 more delicious tea cocktails. For any tea lover, this is a must-read.
4 – Coffee Nerd
206 pages, Ruth Brown
Coffee Nerd is a book that every coffee lover needs to read. As this Reviewwire reviews says, “Whether you like coffee or not, Coffee Nerd by Ruth brown is a fast, interesting history of coffee, its origins and the various methods used to roast and brew this elixir. This is a must-read book for anyone with an appreciation for coffee.” We couldn’t have said it better.
224 pages, Lauren Vigdor, Thea Engst
If you’ve ever felt nervous looking at a bar menu or didn’t know what to order at certain places, then this book is for you. Engst and Vigdor act like your bar buddies and show you their world so you know exactly what to drink, what spirits you should order at different bars and even what to stock in your home bar. For anyone interested in learning more about bars, this is a must-read book.
6 – Bottle Of Lies
520 pages, Katherine Eban
This non-fiction book reads like a racy thriller that details how Ranbaxy, one of the most well-known pharma companies in India had been fabricating test results of their drugs, putting millions of lives at risk. The story begins in 2004 with Dinesh Thakur who joined the company and noticed something amiss. Eban’s investigative book also covers the role of other pharma companies such as Wockhardt, RPG Life Sciences, Dr Reddy’s and Glenmark with its end sure to make you question the veracity of the pills and solutions your doctor prescribes to you.
528 pages, John K Waters
Ever wondered how different your life would be if you were a bartender? Well, you can use the 2000-odd recipes in this book in your spare time to create some amazing cocktails and see for yourself – assuming you have your stash of alcohol already! Not just that, this book will teach you all the industry parlance as well so you know exactly what bartender’s talk about with each other. Fair warning – yo may never look at a Pony the same way ever again.
Note: Some of these books did not turn up free in our usage of the app. However, there is a way around this. Simply go to Buy Book and then join the Reader’s Club for a free month where you can read any of the books for no charge.
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Priyanko Sarkar is the Founder Editor of Gurgl.in. He has been a writer for over 15 years and this site is his attempt to document India's growing beverage sector with impactful and interesting stories. His favourite drink is Vietnamese Coffee and his favourite spirit is Turkish Raki.