Fine art meets mixology in this sophisticated cocktail book that pairs drink recipes and beverage history with stunning still-life oil paintings, perfect for taking the "art" of drinking to the next level.
As they say, "We drink first with our eyes." If you believe there is an art to drinking well, then pairing cocktail recipes with still-life oil paintings is a natural next step. Still-life artist Todd M. Casey, journalist Christine Sismondo, and author James Waller are the all-star team behind Cocktails, A Still Life. Bringing together 60 of Casey’s contemporary hand-painted images paired with dozens of delicious cocktail recipes, the three-author team offers a satisfying deep-dive into each drink complete with a great classic cocktail recipe and a painted representation. Each drink tells a story, making this a truly unique cocktail-making guide attracting the eye, mind, and palate, and focused squarely on the art. Drinks include:
• Mai Tai
• Bloody Mary
• French 75
• Ramos Gin Fizz
• Mint Julep
Both a beautiful masterpiece and a useful guide, Cocktails, A Still Life is not just for “cocktail nerds,” but also for those who enjoy finely crafted art and finely crafted beverages.
About the Authors:
Todd M. Casey is the author of The Art of Still Life: A Contemporary Guide to Classical Techniques, Composition, Drawing, and Painting in Oil. A Massachusetts native, Todd studied at art schools in Boston and San Francisco before embarking on the classical artistic education offered by Jacob Collins’s famed Water Street Atelier in New York City. A modern master of the still-life genre, Todd teaches at several institutions, including the Art Students League of New York. He is represented by Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York, and his paintings are held in numerous private collections worldwide. He lives with his wife and daughter in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Christine Sismondo has been writing about wine, spirits, cocktails, and other topics, ranging from fine art to social history, for the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, and other publications for twenty years. Her journalism has earned her a Canadian National Magazine Award. Christine lives in Toronto.
James Waller is the author of the Drinkology series of books published by Harry N. Abrams. The series’ first volume, Drinkology: The Art and Science of the Cocktail, has sold more than 80,000 copies—including many sales through non-book retailers. James lives in Baltimore, Maryland.