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5 for Friday: July 17, 2020

It’s tempting to endlessly stream shows and movies while stuck at home. Take a break from Netflix, Hulu and Prime Video with these books.

Natalie Migliarini and James Stevenson are the brilliant and entertaining minds behind Beautiful Booze. Preorder their first book, Beautiful Booze: Stylish Cocktails to Make at Home, today. While you’re at it, make sure you’re following them on Instagram.

Holy Spirits! Charleston Culture Through Cocktails, written by Johnny Caldwell and Taneka Reaves, provides entertaining and informative insight into an amazing cocktail culture. Known collectively as the Cocktail Bandits—follow them on Instagram here—Caldwell and Reaves’ book is loaded with history, tips and recipes you won’t want to miss.

Continuing with the theme of drinking culture, New York Times best-selling author David Lebovitz’s latest book tackles France. Published in March of this year, Drinking French features beautiful photographs taken on location in Paris and 160 recipes.

The title of this book by Lesile Kirchhoff alone should earn it a spot on your bookshelf or Kindle. Disco Cube Cocktails is both an ode to ice and an homage to ‘70s style. What’s not to love?

Your Restaurant STILL Sucks! Yes, the title of this series of operator-focused books written by industry expert Donald Burns is harsh. Given what we’re all facing currently, it can seem even harsher. But trust us when we say it will help any operator improve their business acumen and leadership skills.


You need to book Drinking with Chickens and the Instagram profile that hatched its publication in your life. It will put a smile on your face any time you need one.

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David Klemt View All

I’ve been studying and writing about the hospitality industry since 2006. Like so many people, I started my journey in this business by working as a host, server and bartender. I was introduced to nightlife in Chicago, learning the ins and outs of nightclubs and after-hours hot spots.

After moving to Las Vegas nearly 20 years ago, I both co-owned a valet company and helped promote the club it serviced. That led to me taking on the role of editor for a Las Vegas hospitality industry publication.

A few short years later, I continued along my journey of hospitality industry reporting. I went from contributing to a major industry outlet to taking on the role of editor and content curator.

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