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BourbonGuy
12-31-2012, 06:53
I have Whiskey: The Definitive World Guide (http://www.amazon.com/Whiskey-Definitive-World-Michael-Jackson/dp/0789497107/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356964984&sr=1-1&keywords=whiskey) by Michael Jackson (http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Jackson/e/B002EZQQ52/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1356964984&sr=1-1). I enjoy reading a good book. I have done a little research and came up with a few I am considering like:

1) Jim Murrays Whisky Bible 2013 (http://www.amazon.com/Jim-Murrays-Whisky-Bible-2013/dp/0955472970/ref=sr_1_12?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356964984&sr=1-12&keywords=whiskey) by Jim Murray (Oct 8, 2012) and
2) 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die Ian Buxton (http://www.amazon.com/Ian-Buxton/e/B0034NSY0S/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1)

But I ran across a few others like:

Bourbon at its Best: The Lore and Allure of America's Finest Spirits
Ron Givens (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Ron%20Givens&ie=UTF8&search-alias=books&sort=relevancerank)

American Still Life: The Jim Beam Story and the Making of the World's #1 Bourbon F. Paul Pacult (http://www.amazon.com/F.-Paul-Pacult/e/B001ITPH1E/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1)

Eyewitness Companions: Whiskey (EYEWITNESS COMPANION GUIDES) Charles MacLean (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Charles%20MacLean&ie=UTF8&search-alias=books&sort=relevancerank)

If you have any books that you have read and enjoyed and recommended, please list it here.

BradleyC
12-31-2012, 07:07
I have Whiskey: The Definitive World Guide (http://www.amazon.com/Whiskey-Definitive-World-Michael-Jackson/dp/0789497107/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356964984&sr=1-1&keywords=whiskey) by Michael Jackson (http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Jackson/e/B002EZQQ52/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1356964984&sr=1-1). I enjoy reading a good book. I have done a little research and came up with a few I am considering like:

1) Jim Murrays Whisky Bible 2013 (http://www.amazon.com/Jim-Murrays-Whisky-Bible-2013/dp/0955472970/ref=sr_1_12?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356964984&sr=1-12&keywords=whiskey) by Jim Murray (Oct 8, 2012) and
2) 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die Ian Buxton (http://www.amazon.com/Ian-Buxton/e/B0034NSY0S/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1)

But I ran across a few others like:

Bourbon at its Best: The Lore and Allure of America's Finest Spirits
Ron Givens (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Ron%20Givens&ie=UTF8&search-alias=books&sort=relevancerank)

American Still Life: The Jim Beam Story and the Making of the World's #1 Bourbon F. Paul Pacult (http://www.amazon.com/F.-Paul-Pacult/e/B001ITPH1E/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1)

Eyewitness Companions: Whiskey (EYEWITNESS COMPANION GUIDES) Charles MacLean (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Charles%20MacLean&ie=UTF8&search-alias=books&sort=relevancerank)

If you have any books that you have read and enjoyed and recommended, please list it here.

I would skip the whiskey Bible. I don't find it very helpful at all. I would say to go with Sally Van Winkle's book "But Always Fine Bourbon" as well as the book with the red and yellow cover from the whiskey writer who spends time around here.

squire
12-31-2012, 07:22
Not a book but I believe this periodical fits into your description:

The Bourbon Country Reader by Charles Cowdrey.

Aw hell, too much more to type, just go to www.chuckcowdery.blogspot.com

squire
12-31-2012, 07:25
Ah, found it, one of my favorites:

The Book of Bourbon and Other Fine American Spirits by Gary and Mardee Regan

T Comp
12-31-2012, 07:46
BOURBON, STRAIGHT you think??!!

squire
12-31-2012, 07:51
Sorry, had to dig around a bit:

The Social History of Bourbon by Gerald Carson

and from the founder of the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey:

The Book of Bourbon by Oscar Getz

squire
12-31-2012, 07:59
My pick for most interesting of the above is:

But Always Fine Bourbon: Pappy Van Winkle and the Story of Old Fitzgerald

A fascinating book written by the ultimate insider, Pappy's granddaughter.

BourbonGuy
12-31-2012, 08:37
My pick for most interesting of the above is:

But Always Fine Bourbon: Pappy Van Winkle and the Story of Old Fitzgerald

A fascinating book written by the ultimate insider, Pappy's granddaughter.

Has it been re-released? On Amazon it is around $100

stevegoz
12-31-2012, 08:43
I'm quite enjoying Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas by Brad Thomas Parsons.

There may even be a few recipes involving bourbon and rye in there.

squire
12-31-2012, 08:48
Don't know, got my autographed copy from the source way back when. At that price maybe I ought to put it on ebay.

jfw
12-31-2012, 09:33
Has it been re-released? On Amazon it is around $100

But always fine bourbon is available from the BT gift shop for $50.
http://buffalotrace.morethandrinks.com/But_Always_Fine_Bourbon_Book-details.aspx

I'll cast another vote for Chuck Cowdery's book Bourbon, Straight as the best resource available.

BourbonGuy
12-31-2012, 15:26
But always fine bourbon is available from the BT gift shop for $50.
http://buffalotrace.morethandrinks.com/But_Always_Fine_Bourbon_Book-details.aspx

I'll cast another vote for Chuck Cowdery's book Bourbon, Straight as the best resource available.

Thank you for the link. That is half the price of Amazon and eBay. Is "But Always Fine Bourbon.." worth the price?

squire
12-31-2012, 15:40
Yes it is. I suspect this may be the 1st edition (I understand the 2nd has added information about the Van Winkle brand) but either belongs in the library of Stitzel-Weller fans.

squire
12-31-2012, 15:46
Useful for MM fans as well because Sally sets out in her book exactly how the Maker's Mark brand was created.

WAINWRIGHT
12-31-2012, 16:00
I will have to agree on But Always Fine Bourbon as great read and nice coffee table piece.I have also enjoyed both of Cowdery's books Bourbon Straight and The Best Bourbon You'll Never Taste as I like his straight forward no nonsense style of writing and both make for very quick reads.
I have also enjoyed The World's Best Whiskies by Dominic Roskrow and The Kentucky Bourbon Experience by Leon Howlett a quick read and the photography is second to none.The Kentucky Bourbon Experience would be a great read for someone new to the hobby and give you a great feel for which distilleries you may want to visit or other attractions along the trail.

portwood
12-31-2012, 16:05
Canadian whisky: the portable expert
Davin de Kergommeaux

darylld911
12-31-2012, 17:57
I got the following 3 books for Christmas this year:

Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch (6th Ed)
- I've read the first 70+ pages (the rest is the "guide" that covers 500+ single malts) and it was educational.

Whiskey: The Definitive World Guide by Michael Jackson
- Just started, similar to the last thus far (same author, so no shock).

1001 Whiskies You Must Taste Before You Die
- Haven't started (I want to get the list into a spreadsheet so I can check them off!)

My family has gotten the hint that I enjoy whiskey :grin:

Other books I've read in the past include:

Bourbon Whiskey - Our Native Spirit by Bernie Lubbers (very funny and fairly quick read; recommended!)
Bourbon, Straight: The Uncut and Unfiltered Story of American Whiskey by Chuck Cowdery (great history stuff; also recommended!)

I also subscribe to Whisky Advocate magazine, which I think is fairly well done (although many editions focus a lot of Scotch - they do seem to increased their bourbon coverage recently).

cazolman
12-31-2012, 19:48
Blood & Whiskey, the Life and Times of Jack Daniel. Biography about the man and his company. Fun read and learned a little history along the way.

The Great Crossing, a Historic Journey to Buffalo Trace Distillery. Lots if history, names and events leading to the distillery we know today. I bought this at the gift shop and have not seen it available online. Maybe someone else knows.

Maker's Mark, My Autobiography. Fun and easy read. More pictures than words.

I have read most of the others listed and have to mention Chuck Cowdery's, Bourbon Straight, again. It really should come with your first bottle, glass or shot of bourbon.

BourbonGuy
01-01-2013, 12:42
OK, based on recommendations here, I purchased But Always Fine Bourbon: Pappy Van Winkle and the Story of Old Fitzgerald. Thanks to jfw for the link.

The next purchase will probably be Bourbon, Straight: The Uncut and Unfiltered Story of American Whiskey by Chuck Cowdery.

Happyhour24x7
01-04-2013, 04:20
Less specific to bourbon, but a great book for cocktail and literature lovers, I received "To Have and Have Another" for Christmas. It is a fantatstic book documenting all the cocktails that Ernest Hemingway drank and wrote about. A great read, and good recipes. Most interesting note so far? The Jack Rose cocktail we all know and love is probably NOT what was being consumed by the characters in "The Sun Also Rises"; the author found an alternate recipe being made in the bar Hemingway frequented during the writing of that book, by a bartender he knew well. It is very different, but I like it better than the traditional, and just the concept behind this little slice of history adds to the pleasure.

BourbonGuy
01-09-2013, 06:03
Good day

I am enjoying the book “But always fine Bourbon…”. I was looking to purchase Bourbon, Straight . On his site Chuck Cowdery’s site it says "The print edition is a trade paperback" and then "If you prefer, the print edition is also available from Amazon"

Stupid question: What is a Trade Paperback and how will it be different from the book I get from Amazon?

Regards to all

BourbonGuy

SFS
01-09-2013, 06:12
A trade paperback is that style of paperback that is a little taller than your standard sell-millions-of-copies popular (and usually fiction) paperback (think of all those Dan Brown/Tom Clancy/Robert Ludlum books). Those "mass market' paperbacks are a little shorter (and possibly a little narrower) than trade paperbacks (think of things like travel guidebooks, or poetry anthologies, or or titles related to fishing or hunting.) It's just a term of art in the publishing/bookselling world.

SFS
01-09-2013, 06:16
Wow, that was really not a well written paragraph. Let's try again.

Mass market paperbacks are about 7" tall. Trades are usually about 8.5 inches tall. This sometimes varies, but it's just a dimension issue. Content is unaffected.

BourbonGuy
01-09-2013, 07:13
They are basically the same price. The only difference is Chuck will sign it if you get it through him.

VAGentleman
01-09-2013, 13:37
I agree with" Blood and Whiskey The Life and Times of Jack Daniels", fascinating read with lots of history of early whiskey not just JD

"Chasing the White Dog" by Max Watman and "Me and My Likker" by Pocorn Sutton are great books on Moonshine

The wettest County in the World" by Matt Bondurant is a novel that was the basis for the movie Lawless is a good read with lots of bootlegging moonshing

cazolman
01-09-2013, 19:40
Just searched Amazon and found "Chasing the White Dog" for less than $3 used. I went ahead and ordered it.

Only two used copies of "Me and My Likker" come up at $150+. I searched a couple other places such as Alibris, eBay and Google with no luck. Either no stock or more than $150. Anyone got an idea where to get an affordable copy?

oke&coke
01-10-2013, 01:32
About a year ago I read a book called Boozehound, on the trail of the rare, the obscure, and the overrated in spirits by Jason Wilson. I thought it was fairly entertaining to read. My favorite part is when he spends pretty much the whole book railing against the over popularity of vodka. My wife kept wondering why I was laughing so hard.

VAGentleman
01-10-2013, 04:21
Just searched Amazon and found "Chasing the White Dog" for less than $3 used. I went ahead and ordered it.

Only two used copies of "Me and My Likker" come up at $150+. I searched a couple other places such as Alibris, eBay and Google with no luck. Either no stock or more than $150. Anyone got an idea where to get an affordable copy?

http://moonshinerpopcornsutton.com/

Its $50 here. A little expensive for a spiral bound book, but its hilarious and has some great insight from Popcorn

Mikede1285
01-10-2013, 05:22
About a year ago I read a book called Boozehound, on the trail of the rare, the obscure, and the overrated in spirits by Jason Wilson. I thought it was fairly entertaining to read. My favorite part is when he spends pretty much the whole book railing against the over popularity of vodka. My wife kept wondering why I was laughing so hard.

I'll second Boozehound. Obviously isn't focused solely on bourbon or even whiskey, but quite an entertaining read. It also opened me up to being more adventurous in my cocktail selection.

squire
01-10-2013, 06:54
Just pre-ordered from Amazon Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American History by Michael Veach, in order to take advantage of an $8.00 savings. Any book on Bourbon by Professor Veach is a welcome addition to my library.

p_elliott
01-10-2013, 09:30
Just pre-ordered from Amazon Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American History by Michael Veach, in order to take advantage of an $8.00 savings. Any book on Bourbon by Professor Veach is a welcome addition to my library.


That maybe a request for my birthday

tanstaafl2
01-10-2013, 11:23
I'll second Boozehound. Obviously isn't focused solely on bourbon or even whiskey, but quite an entertaining read. It also opened me up to being more adventurous in my cocktail selection.

I will happily third Boozehound. An easy and entertaining read that can be picked up and put down after most any chapter making it perfect for traveling.

BourbonGuy
01-21-2013, 14:22
Update: I have purchased and read “But always fine bourbon” I enjoyed it. After reading it, I came back to this post.

I just ordered Bourbon, Straight: The Uncut and Unfiltered Story of American Whiskey By Charles K. Cowdery. I am looking forward to reading his book.
Thanks to all who posted. Continue to post great reads.

camduncan
01-21-2013, 15:22
I just finished Beam Straight Up by Fred Noe. A great and easty read, and I could hear Fred's voice in every story :)

stiffchainey
02-05-2013, 11:03
I've read "Beginner" by Raymond Carver, followed by Richard Yates "11 kinds of loneliness". Both were damn, damn good writers, there prose left my dabbling and thinking about it days later.

PS: Sorry, I've just found out this is a thread about bourbon & books, I was too fast, sorry folks!:cool: