My annual list of books and subscription newsletters to purchase for the upcoming holidays covers a multitude of topics, genres, and authors. Some are current, “just-released” publications and other are “golden oldies” that are a “must-to-read.” They are available in bookstores and “on-line bookstores.” Some are available as E-Books.
The French Slow Cooker (2012) by Michele Scicolone. With a slow cooker, even novices can turn out dishes that taste as though they came straight out of the kitchen of a French grandmère. Michele has written more than 20 cookbooks, including, “The Soprano’s Family Cookbook.”
101: Everything You Need To Know About Whiskey (2014) by Bob Lipinski. This “101 Introduction,” covers the basics of each major whiskey category and countries of origin. There is also “101 Things You Need To Know About Whiskey.” History, definitions, slang terms, classic cocktails, drinks of presidents and celebrities, and whiskey-infused quotes.
Friends of Wine (2013) By Michael Belardo. Friends of Wine represents Michael’s personal collection of photographs taken through the years of people in and associated with the international wine business. Great photos!
Spirit Journal (subscription newsletter) By Paul Pacult. Writes about distilled spirits from around the world. He discusses, reviews, and rates literally thousands per year. Paul has also written a few books. Industry standard for coverage of distilled spirits.
Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage (2013) By Michael Veach. Historian Michael R. Veach reveals the true story of bourbon in Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey. Starting with the Whiskey Rebellion of the 1790s, he traces the history through the Civil War, Prohibition, the Great Depression, and up to the present.
Italian Wine Notes (2013) by Bob Lipinski & Gary Grunner. Coverage of Italy’s vast array of wines and foods (cheese, meats, olive oil). Grapes and wines, background, and sensory evaluation. Each region is explored (DOCG, DOC, IGT wines & laws, sparkling and dessert wines, liqueurs, bitters; square miles, population, soccer teams, total production). Recommended wineries; glossary; and phonetic pronunciations.
Behind Bars (2004) by Ty Wenzel. Ty Wenzel spares no details about her ten challenging years as a bartender at a hip Lower East Side bar in New York City.
Italian Wine & Cheese Made Simple (2010) by Bob Lipinski & Gary Grunner. Background on more than 250 Italian cheeses; pairing Italian Cheese with Wine; Cheese & Fruit Combinations; Glossary of Terms; Phonetic Pronunciation, and so much more.
The Platinum Rule (1996) by Dr. Tony Alessandra & Dr. Michael O’Connor. Discover the Four Basic Business Personalities and How They Can Lead You To Success. Predict the actions of others and get what you want out of every encounter. Similarities to the DISC language.
Consultative Selling (2004) by Mack Hanan. Consultative Selling is the delivery system for value. In return for improved customer outcomes, Consultative Selling delivers improved margins back to you. Mack started this revolutionary way to sell back in the late 1960s and published his book in 1970. This book is a “must to read” for anyone in sales.
Bob Lipinski, Executive Director of High Impact Business Solutions and author of nine books, writes, consults, and conducts training seminars on many subjects. He can be reached at www.BobLipinski.com OR Bob@HIBS-USA.com