THE FLAVOR BIBLE Named One of The “10 Great Cocktail Books Every Booze Lover Should Own” by TIME OUT Magazine

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Time Out magazine’s Marcia Gagliardi (far right) names THE FLAVOR BIBLE one of the top 10 essential cocktail books

THE FLAVOR BIBLE:  No, it’s not a cocktail book, but it’s a text that is beloved and used by many chefs and bartenders in their craft.”
–Marcia Gagliardi, Time Out

Since its publication, THE FLAVOR BIBLE has been celebrated by countless professional chefs and home cooks, but its insights into flavor are being increasingly tapped by the spirit world.  Yesterday, the book was named one of the country’s 10 most essential cocktail books.

Marcia Gagliardi of Time Out magazine’s national edition shared her list of “The 10 great cocktail books every booze lover should own” — with THE FLAVOR BIBLE making the list.

Gagliardi wrote, “Want to stuff your shelves with the most essential cocktail books around? To master the classics, here’s where to start….THE FLAVOR BIBLE by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg.  Okay, so this one is a little wild card for you. No, it’s not a cocktail book, but it’s a text that is beloved and used by many chefs and bartenders in their craft. Authors Page and Dornenburg give advice and insight in how to create balance, enhance flavor, and make exciting ingredient combinations that work. Meet your flava secret weapon.”

When we thanked Gagliardi for including THE FLAVOR BIBLE, she in turn thanked spirits writer Duggan McDonnell — author of Drinking the Devil’s Acre: A Love Letter From San Francisco & Her Cocktails, who was named a “Leader of the American Cocktail Revolution” by Food & Wine magazine, and nominated twice as “Best Mixologist of the Year” at New Orleans’ Tales of the Cocktail — for strongly recommending its inclusion on the list.


Author of Drinking the Devil’s Acre Duggan McDonnell recommended THE FLAVOR BIBLE‘s inclusion

Gagliardi’s entire Top 10 included:  1) Imbibe by David Wondrich; 2) Drinking the Devil’s Acre by Duggan McDonnell; 3) The Cocktail Chronicles by Paul Clarke; 4) The Art of the Bar by Jeff Hollinger and Rob Schwartz; 5) Gaz Regan’s 101 Best New Cocktails, Volume IV by Gaz Regan; 6) The Joy of Mixology by Gary Regan; 7) Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail, with Recipes by Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau; 8) The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique by Jeffrey Morgenthaler; 9) THE FLAVOR BIBLE by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg; and 10) Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail by Dave Arnold.

This wasn’t THE FLAVOR BIBLE‘s first appearance on a list of the most influential cocktail books.  Heather Hoch of the Phoenix New Times also included it on her list of “10 Cocktail Books You Should Read Right Now,” writing, “While this book isn’t a cocktail book per se, if you ask any bartender they’ll tell you that THE FLAVOR BIBLE is one to have in your arsenal…It’s truly an asset both in the kitchen and behind the bar.”


THE FLAVOR BIBLE was also mentioned on‘s list of the Best Cocktail Books,‘s list of the Best Cocktail Books,‘s round-up of Favorite Modern Cocktail Books, Tales of the Cocktail‘s “5 Bartenders on the Cocktail Books That Set the Bar,” and Westword‘s “Ask the Bartender: A Library of Books About Libations,” among other lists.

As the burgeoning field of mixology continues to expand, we’re honored that our work is being credited as an inspiration to countless bartenders and mixologists both across North America and around the world who have cited THE FLAVOR BIBLE as among their very favorite books when creating new cocktails. Many thanks to Marcia Gagliardi and Duggan McDonnell for helping to spread the good word so even more can continue to discover it.

Marcia Gagliardi is a San Francisco-based writer and host of

Duggan McDonnell is the author of Drinking the Devil’s Acre: A Love Letter from San Francisco and Her Cocktails.  His website is

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