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Ten Speed Press (2016-03-15)
Cookery / food & drink etc


Italy's Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail, with Recipes

by Baiocchi, TaliaPariseau, Leslie

A narrative-driven book on the surprising history and current revival of spritz cocktails (a wine-based drink served as an aperitif), with 50 recipes, including both historical classics and modern updates.

From Milan to Los Angeles, Venice to New York, the spritz—Italy’s bitter and bubbly aperitivo cocktail—has become synonymous with a leisurely, convivial golden hour. But the spritz is more than just an early evening cocktail—it’s a style of drinking. In Spritz, Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau trace the drink’s origins to ancient Rome, uncover its unlikely history and culture, explore the evolution of aperitivo throughout Northern Italy, and document the spritz’s revival around the world.
From regional classics to modern variations, Spritz includes dozens of recipes from some of America’s most lauded bartenders, a guide to building a spritz bar, and a collection of food recipes for classic Italian snacks to pair alongside.

TALIA BAIOCCHI is the editor-in-chief of Punch and the author of James Beard Award– nominated Sherry. She has written for Bon Appétit, Saveur, and many more. She lives in Brooklyn.

LESLIE PARISEAU is the former deputy editor of Punch. She has written for the New York Times, GQ, Esquire, and Saveur. She lives in Brooklyn.

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These brilliantly illustrated pages deliver a supremely approachable account of the spritz while unveiling the deeper meaning of the drink—one that flows far beyond its flirty fizz. Spritz offers a beautifully rendered portrait of an iconic cocktail, an indispensable guide for channeling the spirit of Italian cocktail culture at home, and a drop-dead gorgeous visual experience.

Quote: Katie Parla, Author

2017 James Beard Foundation Cookbook Finalist for Beverage: Spritz by Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau (Ten Speed Press)

Quote: 2017 James Beard Foundation

Spring 2016 Cooking Books

Review: Publishers Weekly

French: Marabout

Quote: Ten Speed Press

Some of the most pleasant hours I’ve ever spent have involved sipping spritzes, nibbling from little bowls of olives or potato chips or whatnot, and watching the life of whatever Italian town I’m in go by as the waiter lazily circles around to see if I’d like another. Spritz is the perfect introduction to that unique culture.

Quote: David Wondrich, Author

This bright little book is a useful primer, offering dozens of classic and modern variations on the spritzer, discussing its Italian roots and even providing the tidbit that in Caesar’s day, it was gauche to drink alcohol without cutting it.

Review: New York Times (Dining Section)

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