BOOKS AND A FILM
For the consideration of your bedside tables and TV screens. Words by Flavia Galeotti
MILK: A GLOBAL HISTORY
BY HANNAH VELTEN (2010)
Former agricultural journalist Velten takes readers on a short but lively exploration of the milk industry, investigating how and why perceptions of milk have changed in the public consciousness. She touches on the debate between raw milk vs pasteurised, processed
milk, as well as the science of nutrition, industry advertising campaigns, and government endorsements. Part of the Edible Series by Reaktion Books, it’s an
entertaining introduction to the topic.
WORLD ATLAS OF TEA: FROM THE LEAF TO THE CUP, THE WORLD’S TEAS EXPLORED AND ENJOYED
BY KRISI SMITH (2016)
For the uninitiated, this is a great guide to ease you into the robust world of tea. Smith outlines the various tea-growing countries and regions in a beautifully illustrated book, explaining their tea taste profiles and detailing harvesting and processing methods. She also gives invaluable advice on how to blend teas
to your own preferences.
INFUSED WATER: 75 SIMPLE AND DELICIOUS RECIPES TO KEEP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HEALTHY AND HAPPY
BY DALILA TARHUNI (2017)
For the health and wellness nuts, learn more about infusing water with various herbs, fruits, and vegetables to improve your health and to keep on top of your eight daily glasses of water. Each outlined recipe has its own specific benefits – increasing energy, restoring balance, detoxification, etc – and is great for the whole family.
BREW: BETTER COFFEE AT HOME
BY BRIAN W. JONES (2016)
Hailed as an excellent resource for beginners. e accessible guidebook by coffee expert Jones takes the mystery out of specialty coffee and makes it more approachable to the novice who wants to explore brewing it in the comfort of home. Learn how to buy the best beans and brewing gear, and take it for a spin using the recipes
included in the book.
A BUTLER’S GUIDE TO ENTERTAINING
BY NICHOLAS CLAYTON (2011)
Flex your hosting muscles and throw the best soirees with detailed advice from professional English butler Clayton. Here’s some serious Downton Abbey-level etiquee, detailing everything to do with invitations, seating plans, place seings, serving food and drinks… enough to see you breeze your way through a casual aernoon tea or a massive dinner feast. Prepare to wow.
HELLRAISERS: THE INEBRIATED LIFE AND TIMES OF RICHARD BURTON, PETER O’TOOLE, RICHARD HARRIS & OLIVER REED
BY ROBERT SELLERS (2008)
Four men walk into a pub. eir names are Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O’Toole, and Oliver Reed. ey spend their lives indulging in the excesses of stardom (drunken binges, broken marriages, and orgies, oh my!), crossing paths with one another, and geing up to all manner of miscreant deeds. Let’s face it, some of the best stories come
about when we’re off our faces.
THE PDT COCKTAIL BOOK:
THE COMPLETE BARTENDER’S GUIDE FROM THE CELEBRATED SPEAKEASY
BY JIM MEEHAN (2011)
A book by one of the world’s most famous bartenders from one of the best bars in the world, Meehan lays out everything there is to know about New York’s renowned PDT. With over 300 recipes of all cocktails available at the bar, and details on bar design, tools and equipment – all lusciously illustrated by Chris Gall – this book is
a Holy Grail for any serious cocktail fan.
A FILM ABOUT COFFEE DIRECTED BY BRANDON LOPER (2014)
Straight to the point from the start, this is a documentary about coffee – or, rather, as the film’s website aptly puts it, “a love leer to, and meditation on, specialty coffee. It examines what it takes, and what it means, for coffee to be defined as ‘specialty.’” At only 67 minutes long, the film acts like a travelogue, taking
viewers on a journey from farms in Honduras and Rwanda, to coffee shops in far-removed metropolitan cities
like Tokyo, Portland, and New York. Emotive scenes of farmers in Rwanda harvesting the cherries combine with still moments in a Japanese coffee shop, presenting an
unfolding narrative without imposing one on them.
It’s a movie for the coffee enthusiast, as it does not explore in much depth the technicalities of the industry. Director Loper describes it best when he says “No maer the quality of your cup, people who love coffee, love it. Coffee is about people, and people are what I’m interested in ultimately.”