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5 for Friday: October 9, 2020

Amazon Prime Day is right around the corner! The annual two-day sale for Prime Members takes place this year from October 13 through 14, offering awesome deals on a huge array of items.

To get you ready, we’ve gathered some of our favorite books brought to us by the letter P (for “Prime”): Prohibition, Paris, and plant-based. Drop them into your cart today and get ready for Prime Day!

Good Drinks

Zero-proof drinking has found a champion in Julia Bainbridge, author of Good Drinks. Bainbridge not only traveled the country to visit bars and restaurants to find creative alcohol-free cocktails, she did the heavy lifting for readers by including tips for sourcing various ingredients.

How to Drink Like a Writer

This recipe book is near and dear to our hearts, pairing writers with cocktails. Diving deeper, How to Drink Like a Writer: Recipes for the Cocktails and Libations that Inspired 100 Literary Greats pairs 100 writers—authors, playwrights and poets—from the Victorian Era to modern times with their favorite drink…including hangover cures.

Behind Bars

Prohibition was a spectacular failure in the United States. Not only did the “Noble Experiment” make criminals vast sums of money, it transformed the gangsters who slaked the American thirst for booze into celebrities. Behind Bars: High Class Cocktails Inspired by Low Life Gangsters is a creative take on the cocktail book, pairing recipes with mobsters.

A Drinkable Feast

Now that we’re close—so close—to getting through the first year of 2020, it’s time to take a look at cocktail culture from 100 years ago. A Drinkable Feast: A Cocktail Companion to 1920s Paris won a Spirited Awards in 2019. The book, written by cocktail historian Philip Greene, shines a light on how Prohibition motivated famous Americans to flee to Paris. Not only are there over 50 cocktails in their original forms, there are photos from the era along with anecdotes.

Ottolenghi Flavor

It’s not often a cookbook is considered a thriller but that’s the case with this one. The New York Times says Ottolenghi Flavor: A Cookbook is “truly thrilling.” Author Yotam Ottolenghi’s bold plant-based recipes encourage you to “level up” your veggies by mastering process, pairing and produce. Available October 13.

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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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