The Drinkable Globe: The Indispensable Guide to the Wide World of Booze
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About the Author
As modern palates get progressively more adventurous, sake is having its moment. But as beloved as the beverage is in its native Japan, it's frequently misunderstood in the rest of the world. Author Jeff Cioletti, a certified international Kikisake-shi--a fancy term for "sake sommelier"--presents a comprehensive guide to sake that both celebrates and demystifies the traditional Japanese drink.
Jeff takes readers from the United States to Japan and back, exploring sake's role through centuries of history, as well as the artisanal process and natural ingredients necessary for crafting this venerable beverage. And, the author presents his own unpretentious, uncomplicated tasting notes on a wide range of world-class brands--appealing to beer, wine and cocktail drinkers looking for new flavor experiences.
Whether you're mildly curious, a connoisseur or somewhere in between, SakePedia is the no-nonsense companion you need on your sake journey.
Lew Bryson, the author of Tasting Whiskey, is the managing editor, features writer, and columnist for Whisky Advocate magazine. He lives in Newtown, Pennsylvania.
Praise for THE DRINKABLE GLOBE
"The world truly is a global village, with a local pub on each corner. Jeff's sacrificed his liver to give the reader an excellent guide to making the most of one's travels by discovering local drinks and drinking traditions."--Mark Gillespie, Host/Executive Producer, WhiskyCast
"Jeff Cioletti is quickly becoming one of the most indispensable writers around. I don't know how much time he spends on the road, but his mastery over the spirits of distant lands makes me wonder if he ever makes it home. THE DRINKABLE GLOBE is an absolute must for anyone serious about cocktails and the liquors they contain."--Jeff Alworth, Author, The Beer Bible
"The best way to be a citizen of the world is to drink local. Jeff Cioletti has imbibed, poured, toasted, and enjoyed drinks across the globe and in this book he takes us on the journey. The knowledge contained herein will make us all smarter drinkers, help us turn strangers from far off lands into friends, and give us a taste of the unique, the rare, and the local beers, wines, and spirits that make up this amazing planet."--John Holl, Author, The American Craft Beer Cookbook
"Does The Drinkable Globe provide insight into what's in your preferred tipple? Absolutely. Cioletti's book is proof that you don't need to travel the world to find a good drink. There's one waiting in your glass." --Washington Independent Review of Books
"In his THE YEAR OF DRINKING ADVENTUROUSLY, Jeff Cioletti helped us choose what to drink. His THE DRINKABLE GLOBE shows us where to drink. Thirsty travellers reading of Cioletti's adventures in nearly every quarter of the planet can be forgiven if they abandon their armchairs and start boarding planes. The book fairly rolls along from one exotic gustatory thrill to the next, on the way uncovering curious new libations to tuck in your luggage and savour again once you get home."--Davin de Kergommeaux, Author of Canadian Whisky: The New Portable Expert
"This is an amazing book that details what it's like to drink EVERYWHERE on the planet. Or as I like to call it, a challenge. Consider it accepted, Cioletti!"--Dan Dunn, author of American Wino: A Tale of Reds, Whites & One Man's Blues
Praise for THE YEAR OF DRINKING ADVENTUROUSLY
"This one's perfect if your New Year's resolution really was to drink better. It's a series of 52 essays that go on a tour of basically all parts of the beverage-alcohol world, from a Scotch guide in week 1 to an introduction to Cremant d'Alsace sparkling wine in week 52. It covers topics ranging from chile pepper-spiked beers to baijiu, China's favorite distilled spirit. The book concludes with a "Cocktailing Adventurously" section featuring recipes from bars around the world . . . "--Playboy
Author Jeff Cioletti can recommend one that readers are very likely to stick with throughout 2017: Drink adventurously. In his book, The Year of Drinking Adventurously: 52 Ways to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone, Cioletti challenges adult imbibers to try something new every week for a year."--Liquor.com
"Jeff Cioletti is like a deep sea diver plumbing to new depths of boozy culture. With an air tank full of wit, humor, and guile, he takes us to new worlds of drink culture rarely seen by the less courageous and casual imbiber. A reader's only regret is to not be there in person to pound down an enticing pint or mysterious cocktail along with Jeff in these exotic locales, though surely they will be left to dream their own next delicious drink adventure."--Darek Bell, founder and owner, Corsair Distillery and author of Alt Whiskeys and Fire Water.
"Jeff Cioletti is a master tour guide, whisking you through the rich tastes and fascinating stories of an astounding array of beverages. Your year of better drinking inevitably starts here."--Erika Rietz, founder and editor-in-chief of Draft Magazine
"Jeff Cioletti's The Year of Drinking Adventurously manages the near impossible; it is both comprehensive yet approachable, detailed yet entertaining. Cioletti has a real gift for finding narrative and making the material - which in the hands of lesser writers would turn into a plodding survey of obscure arcana - read like a page-turner."--Jeff Alworth, author of The Beer Bible and Cider Made Simple
"A brilliantly original book that opens our eyes and challenges our palates to exciting new flavour experiences in what feels like a conversation with a buddy, written to entertain, inform and delight the curious imbiber." - Davin de Kergommeaux, author of Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert.
"This book is definitely worthwhile and often lots of fun to boot"--Drink Hacker
"For an enthusiast of booze in oh so many forms and a lover of great stories, The Year of Drinking Adventurously made my mouth water and my brain buzz *(or head hum)?* with every turn of the page. Jeff's signature writing style shines through with passion, wit, and insight. With 52 weeks of adventure, let's get drinking!"--Jeremy Cowan, founder and owner, Shmaltz Brewing Company
"Clear some space in your liquor cabinet. Jeff Cioletti's book will ensure you'll have the best stocked bar in the neighborhood, and the knowledge necessary to put the bottles to proper use. A must-have for any drinks enthusiast."--John Holl, editor of All About Beer Magazine
This isn't a well-traveled vinophile's braggy biography or a showboat boasting about his boozy knowledge. This is a genuine lover of travel and a good drink exploring the world through his palate." -- Glenn Dallas, SanFranciscoBookReview.com