by Mark Bailey, illustrated by Edward Hemingway, published by Algonquin Books.
A terrific companion to their Bartending Guide to Great American Writers, Of All the Gin Joints focuses on the drinking careers of Hollywood's famous dipsomaniacs. Beginning with the era of silent movies through the "New Hollywood" of the 1960s and 70s, Bailey presents an alcoholic history of Hollywood illustrated by Edward Hemingway.
Each chapter focuses on a star of the silver screen and includes a brief biography followed by a drinking-related anecdote and a recipe for a favorite cocktail. Most chapters include a description of a famous Hollywood watering hole and amusing stories related to specific movies are interspersed throughout.
Of All the Gin Joints would make a perfect gift for the movie or cocktail buffs on your list.
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