Published on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 8:27am
Fall is here and with it comes the lure of changing colors, warmth, woodsmoke, gravy and sweaters. Almost nothing is better paired with those items better than bourbon and a book. Fortunately your library has you covered on all counts.
In order to get up to speed about whiskey, we have the invaluable DK Eyewitness Companion to Whiskey. DK guides, regardless of subject, are incredibly user friendly. The whiskey companion is no different, differentiating styles, ryes, peats, mashes and malts for you with photographs and illustrated with inoffensive watercolors. We also have The World Guide to Whiskey as well as the Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch by the venerable beer and spirit scholar, Michael Jackson. (Not the King of Pop, the British journalist and spirits aficionado.)
As a literary pairing, you will find no more sympathetic writer than Kingsley Amis. Indeed, the author of Everyday Drinking also wrote Lucky Jim, Ending Up and The King's English: A Guide to Usage, which is an hilarious guide to usage and pet peeves of the English tongue.
More book/bourbon pairings include: Dostoyevsky (any and all), Fear and Trembling by Amelie Nothomb, Collected Works of Billy The Kid by Michael Ondatjee, Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon and Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell.