First edition of the memoir of the famous bartender of the Stork Club and beyond, filled with colorful anecdotes of the people for whom he mixed drinks.
Fine in very good jacket.
"There's an informality about a bar that makes people talk freely to a bartender, even, in some cases, more than they would a friend. Therefore, I'm used to having celebrities shake hands, slap me on the back, call me Johnny, and tell me things in confidence."
Before our current era of celebrity chefs, Brooks was a celebrity bartender; Salvatore Calabrese summarizes Brooks as "famous not only for his charm and great personality, but also for the Martini with a twist of lemon that he served at the Stort Club." The book boldly discusses Brooks's interactions with the rich and famous, starting with the rear panel which lists "Celebrities I have faced in MY 35 YEARS BEHIND BARS" – including Fred Astaire, Ernest Hemingway, and J. Edgar Hoover. "I'm going to respect [celebrities'] confidence, too, but I know they won't mind if I tell you how some of them look, and dress, and behave in a night club, what they like to eat and drink, and the subjects they are most likely to talk about." A terrific social document of mid 20th-century high society.
Read more: Calabrese, Classic Cocktails, 43.
New York: Exposition Press, (1954). Full title: My 35 Years Behind Bars: Memories and Advice of a Bartender, Including a Liquor Guide. 8'' x 5.25''. Original tan cloth, spine lettered in black. In original unclipped ($3.00) green patterned dust jacket with photographic portrait of the author. Cocktail recipes at rear. 136 pages. Scarce jacket with about 3/4'' chip at head of spine, otherwise just some light edgewear and a few spots of abrasion to rear panel: spine completely unfaded.
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