A genuine ode, written with style and substance in equal measure
Jack Bevan has written a book I didn't realise I needed but now can't imagine not having. It's comprehensive, entertaining, fascinating and eminently handy, too. If you're serious about Italian food and drink, A Spirited Guide To Vermouth is an essential addition to your library.
My very first drink in Soho at an age best undisclosed was a glass of Chambery at The French House served by the Gaston himself. I have been devoted to vermouth ever since. A book devoted to Vermouth by the able Jack Bevan is a joy filled double whammy. Great drinks require as much artistry as food and this book proves the case mightily.
We find vermouth infinitely surprising as well as greatly satisfying. This book achieves the same.
A Spirited Guide to Vermouth was recommended to me by no less a figure than Nigella Lawson . . . Bevan is on a mission to revitalise the reputation of [this] drink.