January 1, 2003
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Straight Up or On The Rocks

This history of the American cocktail strings together plenty of anecdotes and amusing bits of trivia, capped with pages of recipes. Grimes is lively and readable, but has few opinions and, in the end, not a whole lot to say. Not a bad book, but a missed opportunity; you never really learn whether to shake or to stir, or why it matters.