Thursday, August 11, 2016
The Introvert's Guide to Drinking Alone by Tasha Brandstatter
Anybody who knows me well might find my decision to buy and read The Introvert's Guide to Drinking Alone by Tasha Brandstatter a wee bit bizarre because I don't drink alcoholic beverages, apart from the odd glass of cider (usually, when I'm in England -- you can imagine how often that happens). And, then there are those rare sips of wine that my husband nudges me to take and the one cocktail I tried at a rooftop bar. Seriously, that's it. I am not a drinker. I love a good cider on tap, but otherwise I've never developed a taste for alcohol. Remember the news that a glass of wine per day burns as many calories as an hour at the gym? Sigh. I really did try to learn how to drink wine for my health.
This purchase was all down to the fact that Tasha is our Tasha, a book and cocktail blogger and contributor to Book Riot, as well as one of my Facebook buddies. I love her sharp, sassy writing style and I like supporting friends with a book purchase, whenever possible.
So, what did this non-drinker think of a book about drinking? Unsurprisingly, I was entertained. I knew I would be, since I've read Tasha's writing. I know she does her research, so reading anything she writes is a learning experience, and I like her snarky sense of humor. The only thing I found missing was a single definition that probably everyone else knows: "bitters". I had no idea what bitters are and had to look them up. There were a couple other terms I only recently learned ("muddling" was one of them) when I read a book of non-alcoholic beverage recipes, but again . . . if you're a drinker, you probably already know everything that's mentioned.
Recommended - Maybe not for your average teetotaller but I found The Introvert's Guide to Drinking Alone a delightful read and I think even extroverted drinkers may find plenty to enjoy. I particularly found it fascinating to read about the health benefits of drinking, in spite of the fact that it's unlikely I'll ever rack up any of those benefits.
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