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From the foremost figure on the New Orleans' drinking scene and the owner of renowned bar Cure, a cocktail book that celebrates the vibrant city
New Orleans is known for its spirit(s)-driven festivities. Neal Bodenheimer and coauthor Emily Timberlake tell the city’s story through 100 cocktails, each chosen to represent New Orleans’ past, present, and future. A love letter to New Orleans and the cast of characters that have had a hand in making the city so singular, Cure: New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix 'Em features interviews with local figures such as Ian Neville, musician and New Orleans funk royalty, plus a few tips on how to survive your first Mardi Gras. Along the way, the reader is taken on a journey that highlights the rich history and complexity of the city and the drinks it inspired, as well as the techniques and practices that Cure has perfected in their mission to build forward rather than just looking back. Of course, this includes the classics every self-respecting drinker should know, especially if you’re a New Orleanian: the Sazerac, Julep, Vieux Carré, Ramos Gin Fizz, Cocktail à la Louisiane, and French 75. Famous local chefs have contributed easy recipes for snacks with local flavor, perfect for pairing with these libations. Cure: New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix 'Em is a beautiful keepsake for anyone who has fallen under New Orleans’s spell and a must-have souvenir for the millions of people who visit the city each year.
About the Author
Neal Bodenheimer was born and raised in New Orleans. In 2009 he opened his first cocktail bar, Cure, on a flood-damaged stretch of Freret Street. Since then he has opened several more bars in New Orleans, including Cane & Table, Bellocq, Vals, and Dauphine’s, which is in Washington D.C. In 2018 Cure won a James Beard Award for “Best Bar Program.” He is the co-chair of the board of directors for the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation, a leader in the global cocktail community committed to educating, advancing, and supporting the hospitality industry around the world. Emily Timberlake is a writer and editor based out of Oakland, California. Previously an editor at Ten Speed Press, Timberlake acquired and edited 12 James Beard and IACP Cookbook Award winners. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Punch, TASTE, and more.
“This book is a loving, and lovely, tribute to New Orleans’s rich, heady, and utterly beguiling drinking culture, and the posse of bartenders whose recipes Neal Bodenheimer and Emily Timberlake have managed to pack into these lively pages might be the finest ever assembled. The only problem with this book is that even a few minutes with it and I can only think about downing tools and hightailing it to New Orleans.”
— David Wondrich
“New Orleans has always been synonymous with good times and good drinking, but it wasn’t until Cure that craft cocktails really found their home in the Big Easy. This beautiful book by the incredible duo of Bodenheimer and Timberlake gives us not only the delicious cocktails that put Cure on the map, but also an homage to the diverse drinking culture of New Orleans. This tribute to a great city and a phenomenal bar is a must for any lover of drinks, travel, or simply fine things.”
— Ivy Mix
“New York is known for its skyscrapers and San Francisco for its fairy-tale fogs. And New Orleans? It’s famous for its drinks. Thanks to Bodenheimer and Timberlake, we now have a definitive guidebook to the city’s towering landmarks, both vintage and new. If you can’t make it to New Orleans, buy this book—it’s the next best thing.”
— Wayne Curtis