COOKING & FOOD

How To Drink Without Drinking: Celebratory Alcohol-Free Drinks for Any Time of the Day

Octopus. Jan. 2020. 208p. ISBN 9780857836151. $19.99. COOKING
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Food writer and Guardian wine columnist Beckett (Wine Lover’s Kitchen) presents a wide variety of nonalcoholic drinks for celebrations and other special events. Divided into types of drinks, the collection includes nonalcoholic cocktails (mai tai), fermented drinks (kefir), smoothies (strawberry sunrise) as well as teas and coffees (rooibos tea punch). Straightforward and easy-to-execute recipes are a bonus. Stocking one’s pantry may require a few unusual ingredients, such as nonalcoholic wines, beers, and liquors. Beckett also includes ingredient resources, guides for food and drink pairings, advice on what to order when dining out, a list of the best commercial nonalcoholic brands, and resources supporting a path to sobriety or decreasing one’s alcohol consumption.
VERDICT This satisfying work provides plenty of options for those choosing to forego alcohol, creating an accessible companion to Clare Liardet’s Dry.

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