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Friday, October 07, 2005

A $135 Used Book

There is a book that I would like to own. Unfortunately, Paul Harrington’s Cocktail: The Drinks Bible for the 21st Century, is no longer available new. Apparently, it is something of a collector’s item. The Amazon.com list price for a used copy is $20, but actual prices for used copies start at $50, and go as high as $135.

Cocktail: The Drinks Bible for the 21st Century is a companion book to “The Alchemist’s,” or Mr. Harrington’s Cocktail website. Cocktail is a comprehensive resource for the mixologist. The Alchemist is rather opinionated. Mr. Harrington is not overly fond of “fern bars, with their overly sweet, so-called ‘girl drinks.’” He is a protector of “the respectability of the bar.” Unfortunately, I have been experiencing difficulty accessing Cocktail recently. If Mr. Harrington is no longer maintaining his website, and if I cannot obtain a copy of Cocktail: The Drinks Bible for the 21st Century, I may be forced to going back to drinking sodas with a straw!

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