November 1, 2005

Modern Drunkard Book Review

Modern Drunkard: A Handbook for Drinking in the 21st Century
Vital Stats: 205 pages of tips and information that will touch your inner drunkard
Author: Frank Kelly Rich
Publisher: Riverhead Trade
Typical Price: $14.00 ($11.20 at Amazonplus free shipping)

Modern DrunkardIt's no secret that we consider Frank Kelly Rich to be the grandaddy of what we do here at Liquor Snob. Sure, we're more product- and news-oriented while his Modern Drunkard Magazine focuses more on the esoterics of boozing, but it was the spirit that got us interested in writing about spirits. That being said, we've got to say his Modern Drunkard book is one of the funniest, not to mention most informative and useful books we've ever read.

We've all heard the saying "it's funny because it's true," and when we got our copy of the Modern Drunkard book last night we couldn't stop laughing. It's not just because the book is full of witticisms and gin-soaked humor. It's because he offers real-life tips on how a drunkard can survive in a teetotaling world, and insights any drunkard can agree with.

The book is full of indispensable information for today's boozer. Read "Etiquette for Inebriates" for tips on how to make it through awkward drinking situations, like hitting on the wife of the host of the party you're attending. Smile knowingly at the "Know Your Bartender" section because you've seen them all in your travels, from the Mercenary to the Ladies' Man. Learn "Bar Signs" for when you've lost your speech in your local watering hole.

Issue yourself the personal challenge of trying to pull off the Modern Drunkard's "Best Bar Moves," like the unsolicited hug and drinking as war. Learn the "Zen of Drinking Alone," and pick up a few "Party Games for People Who Don't Like Party Games" - we know we'll be playing Your Favorite Band Really, Really Sucks the next time we're at a shindig.

But our favorite part of the book was the final section, entitled "365 Excuses to Get Loaded." We're not going to spoil them for you, but we're especially interested in February 21, which involves a Polaroid, and June 15, which is a great day to drink moonshine. Plus, find out why you should drink 15 pints every December 25.

The Modern Drunkard is a great read and a true boozer's bible, combining tongue-in-cheek humor with tried and true strategies and tips. In fact, we got more information out of flipping through its pages than we did in a decade and a half of school.

Buy your copyat Amazon today.

Plus, get the full experience, subscribe to the monthly magazine and browse the store at Modern Drunkard Magazine online.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at November 1, 2005 5:58 AM

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A large portion of the book is new/original material. 365 Excuses to Get Loaded, A complete list of Buzzwords For Boozeheads... it's worth picking up for that one alone.


Posted by: Byrd Leavell at November 7, 2005 12:21 PM

Thanks for putting two and two together. First, a review of "On The House," and now a look at the "Modern Drunkard." The drunkards of the world finally can unite.


Posted by: The Night Editor at November 2, 2005 8:58 PM

Thanks. Even though I love Modern Drunkard, didn't want to necessarily buy something if I'd read it all before. Just discovered your website last week, and I'm loving it. Keep up the good work!


Posted by: AMG at November 1, 2005 4:23 PM

We recognized at least some of it from reading the site, but we're not sure about a percentage of new content. We'll email the editor at Modern Drunkard and see what his response is, and let you know.


Posted by: Liquor Snob at November 1, 2005 3:33 PM

What percentage of the book would you say is new material? Is it mainly just reprints from the website/magazine?


Posted by: AMG at November 1, 2005 2:51 PM
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