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Martini, straight up : the classic American cocktail

Author: Lowell Edmunds
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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"In this engaging look at the classic cocktail, Lowell Edmunds traces the history of the Martini back to its American origins in the nineteenth century. Exploring literary and dramatic works as well as newspapers, magazines, cartoons, bartenders' manuals, distillery brochures, and other documents of popular culture, Edmunds finds in the Martini's image the same ambiguities that characterize American life."--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lowell Edmunds
ISBN: 0801859719 9780801859717
OCLC Number: 38948289
Notes: Revised edition of: The silver bullet / Lowell Edmunds. 1981.
Description: xxix, 153 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Time Line: The Martini Decade by Decade --
The Simple Messages of the Martini. Message 1. The Martini is American --
it is not European, Asian, or African. Message 2. The Martini is urban and urbane --
it is not rural or rustic. Message 3. The Martini is a high-status, not a low-status, drink. Message 4. The Martini is a man's, not a woman's, drink. Message 5. The Martini is optimistic, not pessimistic. Message 6. The Martini is the drink of adults, not of children. Message 7. The Martini belongs to the past, not to the present. The Simple Messages Reconsidered --
The Ambiguities of the Martini. Ambiguity 1. The Martini is civilized --
the Martini is uncivilized. Ambiguity 2. The Martini unites --
the Martini separates.
Responsibility: Lowell Edmunds.
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"Whether or not you take your martini as seriously as Lowell Edmunds, this is an admirable account of the drink's place in the American dream." -- Justin Warshaw, Times Literary Supplement "Edmunds Read more...

 
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