"Kingsley Amis's drink writing is better than anybody else's, ever." Esquire
New in giftable hardcover, with an introduction by Christopher Hitchens-a collection of witty and deeply informed writings on wine, beer, and cocktails, from one of the all-time experts.
Kingsley Amis was one of the great masters of comic prose, and no subject was dearer to him than the art and practice of drinking.
Everyday Drinking brings together the best of his writing on the subject: Kingsley Amis in Drink, Everyday Drinking and How's Your Glass?. In one handsome package, the book covers a full shelf of the master's humorous and erudite thoughts on the drinking arts. Along with a series of well-tested recipes (including a cocktail called the Lucky Jim) are Amis's musings on The Hangover, The Boozing Man's Diet, and (presumably as a matter of speculation) How Not to Get Drunk--all leavened with entertaining quizzes on the making and drinking of alcohol all over the world.
Mixing practical know-how and hilarious opinionation, Everyday Drinking is a delightful cocktail of wry humor and distilled knowledge, served by one of our great gimlet wits.
About the Author
Born in London in 1922, Kingsley Amis was one of the best-loved British novelists of the twentieth century. He was the author of more than twenty novels, including the classic Lucky Jim, and a number of other works of criticism, poetry, and memoir. He was knighted in 1990, and died in 1995 at the age of seventy-three.
“There has never been a more charming, erudite, eager, generous and devoted lover of drink--to judge by his writing--than Kingsley Amis.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Essential reading for any literate bibber.” —Wall Street Journal