Crafted with passion and skill, beautiful to look at, pleasing to hold, imbuing class and poise, and quite functional, Death & Co (Ten Speed, $40) is the cocktail-book version of a perfect cocktail. Death & Co is a small cocktail bar in New York’s East Village. It’s also a giant of the classic cocktail revival and home to some of the best bartenders in the world. Owner David Kaplan and his staff have produced this book with the same rigor and attention to detail with which they make drinks. Not surprisingly, Death & Co’s ingredients—clean design and expert knowledge—are of the highest quality, but the structure of the book is also logical and useful. In a genre where books are usually either pretty and inaccessible or drab and functional, Death & Co finds a perfect balance.
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