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Spice & Ice: 70 Tongue-Tingling Cocktails
by Kara Newman; Photographs by Antonis Achilleos, $16.95, Paperback, (Chronicle Books)

From New York City to Los Angeles, top bars are serving up cocktails spiced with chiles, wasabi, ginger, and other fiery flavors. Spice & Ice brings this trend to the home bar with recipes for 70 drinks, including Wasabi-tinis and Jumpin' Juleps. As the author of the High Spirits column for Chile Pepper magazine, Kara Newman is the ideal coach for crafting beverages that bite. Don't worry: these beverages may be peppery and warming, but they're not too hot to handle! Includes suggestions for food pairings, facts about chile peppers, and tips on building a spicy liquor cabinet.

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How to Drink
by Victoria Moore, $18.99, Hardcover, (Andrews McMeel)

In the past few decades, many have become sophisticated about food, but not given the same attention to drinks. Victoria Moore aims to redress the balance, by showing how to drink well throughout the seasons and at all times of day. She explains how to make delicious coffee and juices; how to choose wine that complements your food; and how to make cocktails for every occasion. Here are recipes for mint juleps in the spring, sloe gin in the autumn, hot buttered rum in the winter, and year-round showstoppers including the world's best gin and tonic. Moore is also an impassioned advocate of unfairly maligned drinks such as sherry, Campari and saki, and gives fascinating historical background on different spirits as well as invaluable advice on creating your home bar.

500 White Wines: The Only White Wine Compendium You'll Ever Need
by Natasha Hughes and Patricia Langton, $16.95, Hardcover, (Sellers Publishing)

With this single book, learn everything you need to know about choosing, drinking, keeping, and pairing white wines. Includes insider advice on 500 types and vintages of white wines at a glance, handy white wine and food pairing tips, tasting notes for each wine, guides to price and quality, and tips from an expert, including how to choose wines in restaurants. Includes fully captioned photos of featured wines, vineyards, and wine-growing regions around the world.

The Cocktail Primer: All You Need to Know to Make the Perfect Drink
by Eben Klemm, $19.99, Hardcover, (Andrews McMeel)

The original cocktails Eben Klemm creates as master mixologist for B.R. Guest Restaurants in New York City are now available at home. Klemm's philosophy is simple: You don't need to memorize a thousand cocktail recipes; you just need to have a perfunctory knowledge of the basic families into which drinks are divided. Toss in a few bartending skills, a few simple ingredients, some classic recipes, and a few contemporary spin-offs, and you have all you need to know to make the perfect drink for any occasion.

500 Red Wines: The Only Red Wine Compendium You'll Ever Need
by Christine Austin, $16.95, Hardcover, (Sellers Publishing)

This essential and highly readable guide to the entire world of red wines will demystify the complexities of tasting, selecting, storing, and serving red wine. Includes insider advice on 500 types and vintages of red wines at a glance, handy red wine and food pairing tips, tasting notes for each wine, guides to price and quality, and tips from an expert, including how to choose wines in restaurants. Includes fully captioned photos of featured wines, vineyards, and wine-growing regions around the world.

Wine Wars: A Trivia Game for Wine Geeks and Wannabes
by Joyce Lock, $19.95, Hinged hardcover box with magnetic closure, 150 cards (750 questions), 6 game boards, 90 game pieces, 1 die, and illustrated map of the wine world, (Chronicle Books)

This fun and fascinating trivia game tests your knowledge of the fruit of the vine. Players answer questions in categories such as Vine to Vino (growing grapes, making wine, and world production), Wine Cellar (selecting, storing, and tasting wine), and Cork Culture (wine people, business, arts and science, and trivia). Great for those new to the world of wine, but challenging enough for the devoted oenophile.

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