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Bibulate Like A Bibliophile: Book Pairings for Your Favorite Wines

 

For those of you who haven’t experienced the pleasure of wine and books, wine is the perfect accessory to your reading time. Not only do you look classy, you get a good buzz going while the worlds you read come to life before your eyes. If you don’t believe me, just try it the next time you get ready to unwind with a good book.

Now the question is: which wine goes with which book? Or vice versa? To give you an idea of merging flavors with genre/tone/style, here is a list of some excellent books and the wines that would pair beautifully with them. Commençons!

Posted by Tara Sim

Writers Give Us 18 Reasons Why Coffee Is the Greatest Drink Since Alcohol

Most of couldn't face a morning–or afternoon, for that matter–without a cup of liquid energy to keep us going. Did your favorite writer feel the same way? Here are some great coffee quotes from famous authors.

Posted by Natasha Brandstatter

Worst-Case Wednesday: How to Survive a Wine Spill Emergency

You're on that important date, right? You wanna impress, but in the middle of discussing Emily Brontë, you spill red wine. All. Over. Yourself. The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Dating and Sex shows you how to survive a fashion emergency.

Posted by Christina Schillaci

Sneak Peek & Giveaway: Summer Cocktails by Maria Del Mar Sacasa and Tara Striano

In November of 2013, Quirk published Winter Cocktails, the debut cookbook from the uber talented duo of Maria Del Mar Sacasa and Tara Striano. Fast forward to 2015, and we're really thrilled to be publishing their followup. Summer Cocktails!

Full of drinks for warm sunny days and tasty snacks perfect for nibbling on the porch, it's a really fun book that will look PERFECT next to your copy of Winter Cocktails on the bookshelf. And I'm happy to give you all a little sneak peek at the book! 

First, here's a note from the book's editor, Tiffany Hill (@tiffanylhill):

I know, I know, it's 12 degrees outside and snowing. Shhh, let's talk about summer. When I got my advance copy of Maria del Mar Sacasa's Summer Cocktails, I knew there was only one proper way to celebrate: with a Salty Lime Soda. It's as good as it looks in Tara Striano's gorgeous cover photo–cool, bright, and refreshing. It would be perfect at a summer cocktail party. (And it wasn't bad in February.)

My favorite part of Summer Cocktails, though, is the collection of infusions, shrubs, and syrups featuring summer fruits and herbs. Picture a cocktail made with Rhubarb Syrup straight out of your garden. That snow will start melting any day now!

The book comes out in April! For now, enjoy some pics, and enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win one! You can also enter by telling us about your favorite summer cocktail in the comments. Three people will win! 

Interested in a review copy for your blog? Email Suzanne ([email protected]). 

Posted by Eric Smith

This Month on BookLikes: Nick & Tesla, Manhattan Mayhem, Find Momo, & More!

I don't think we've ever had a BookLikes giveaway month this epic before. Seriously. So many books. Too many books? Possibly. 

Here's what you can enter to win on BookLikes this month. 

Posted by Eric Smith

How-to Tuesday: How To Get Grandma Drunk—I Mean, How To Make Sweet Surrender Punch

Happy Quirksgiving! By now, you’re probably mentally preparing to reunite with all your extended relatives. Hang in there, we’re going through the same thing.

This year, when you’re sitting in the living room with your cousins (after the inevitable Get Out Of My Kitchen scenario), do yourself a favor: make some punch. Everyone will have a glass, relax, and remember that they actually DO like their siblings. And then Uncle Joe will tell you that story he loves about how he met Patrick Stewart in the grocery store and it’ll all go smoothly from there.

My suggestion for the perfect wintry beverage is Sweet Surrender Punch from Winter Cocktails. Since it has chamomile tea in it, serve it at teatime! Enjoy, have fun with your folks, and have a great holiday.

Posted by Basia Padlo