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Literary Libations

What to Drink with What You Read

The definitive guide to pairing two of the world's most beloved pastimes: reading and drinking.

A bubbly, boozy French 75 with The Great Gatsby. Trappist beer with Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose. Old vine California Zinfandel with The Grapes of Wrath. And don’t you dare open Bram Stoker’s Dracula on a Sunday morning without a Bloody Mary near at hand. Want to know what to pour when your book club meets to discuss the latest literary sensation? Then you need a copy of Literary Libations!

Presented as a list and organized by genre, Literary Libations offers pairing recommendations for nearly two hundred works of fiction across many genres. With background information on both the book and the beverage as well as an explanation of why the pairing works this is a fantastic gift for anyone who loves to read or drink.

Readers will:

  • Learn more about the world's most iconic books.
  • Increase their knowledge of wine, beer, and spirits.
  • Increase their appreciation for famous authors.
  • Learn to craft beautiful modern and classic cocktails.
  • And gain a fun and unique way to revolutionize their book club.
  • Amira K. Makansi is a wine industry professional who has worked in many if not all aspects of the wine industry. After graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in history, she quickly abandoned her quest to become a lawyer in favor of pursuing a career in all things beverage-related. She has worked for eight wineries, two distribution companies, and three restaurants, spanning from Chicago's prestigious dining scene to an Alsatian winery whose first vintage predates the French revolution. Amira has also written and published a science fiction trilogy with her mother and sister, the first book of which has been optioned for a Hollywood production.

    "Serves up cocktails with a humorous twist . . . equal parts cookbook, history lessons, and book club fare." —Medford Mail-Tribune

    "A thoughtful picaresque . . . Makansi's approach is fearless, fun, and, at times, autobiographical . . . it makes a delicious and intoxicating holiday gift for those who have everything, those who love to read, professional and amateur mixologists both, and those who just enjoy relaxing with an imaginative drink." —Oregon Wine Press

    "Literary Libations [provides] interactive ways to experience reading and drinking." —Touring and Tasting magazine

    "Makansi uses the history and themes of famous books to provide humorous but informative drink pairing recommendations . . . The pairings in Literary Libations are cheeky but thoughtful, and each is accompanied by a brief paragraph of explanation." —Southern Oregon Wine Scene

    "There are at least two good ways to enjoy this excellent volume: you can come to it as a curious drinker, and be reminded by a new recipe of a great book you want to read (or better yet, reread)—or you can come to it as a reader, sharing in Amira Makansi's literary enthusiasm until you work up a mighty thirst, at which time your cure will already be close at hand. Either way, I hope you'll end up as happily sated as I was." —Matt Bell, author of Scrapper

    "Insightful, beautifully written, and [full of] dazzling watercolor illustrations." —Taylor Zajonc, author of The Maw

    "Makansi uses the history and themes of famous books to provide humorous but informative drink pairing recommendations . . . The pairings in Literary Libations are cheeky but thoughtful, and each is accompanied by a brief paragraph of explanation." —Southern Oregon Wine Scene

    "There are at least two good ways to enjoy this excellent volume: you can come to it as a curious drinker, and be reminded by a new recipe of a great book you want to read (or better yet, reread)—or you can come to it as a reader, sharing in Amira Makansi's literary enthusiasm until you work up a mighty thirst, at which time your cure will already be close at hand. Either way, I hope you'll end up as happily sated as I was." —Matt Bell, author of Scrapper