I don’t know about you, but I think there is a lot of wisdom in the motto of the late Len Evans:
People who say “You can’t drink the good stuff all of the time” are talking rubbish. You must drink good stuff all the time. Every time you drink a bottle of inferior wine, it’s like smashing a superior bottle against the wall. The pleasure is lost forever – you can’t get that bottle back.
Whilst I can’t afford to follow it to the letter, I do believe that in my life I can only consume a limited number of alcohol units. I do enjoy myself, but not to excess.
In this case, I consider that most non-wine alcohol units that I consume are like smashing that proverbial bottle against the wall – I could have used them to drink more wine instead.
I do enjoy a whisky from time to time, and the very occasional G&T, but I almost never have anything else.
However, as a good host I keep a stock of other drinks for when others are visiting, or bottles that have been gifted. These sit, in silent slumber, in a drinks cupboard in the kitchen. Unloved.
When I first heard about “Cooking with Booze” I thought it was a spankingly good idea for a cookbook, but now it occurs to me it is even better than that. It is a way to use my “left-overs” in a creative way.
One additional reason for liking this book is that the author has “done the web 2.0 thing” and actually made the whole content available free on the internet on the site in recognition of the fact that there are a percentage of us willing to pay for the convenience of having the book at home, and that making the content free will hopefully attract loads of different people, increasing sales. I hope it works!
(It does for me)
So, if you happen to be invited over chez moi in the near future, look out!
(p.s. In case you were wondering, I shall probably skip the chapter on cooking with wine and drink it while I cook with everything else)