Which Fork Do I Use with My Bourbon?
Setting the Table for Tastings, Food Pairings, Dinners, and Cocktail Parties
Published by: The University Press of Kentucky
A good bottle of bourbon should be enjoyed in good company. During their travels in bourbon country and beyond to conduct tastings and seminars, entertainment experts Peggy Noe Stevens and Susan Reigler often heard the question, "How do I do this in my home?" This book is their definitive answer. Which Fork Do I Use with My Bourbon? offers a step-by-step guide to hosting a successful bourbon-tasting party -- complete with recipes, photos, and tips for beginners and experienced aficionados alike.
From decorations to glassware, this one-stop resource will guide readers from the day they mail invitations to the moment they welcome guests through the door. Alongside their favorite snack, entrée, dessert, and cocktail recipes, Stevens and Reigler offer expert tricks of the trade on how to set up a bar, arrange tables, and pair recipes with specific bourbons. Once readers are ready, Stevens and Reigler move on to advanced pairings for the bourbon foodie and present two innovative examples of tasting parties -- a bourbon cocktail soiree and, of course, the traditional Kentucky Derby party. Inspired by the hosting traditions of five Kentucky distilleries, this book will introduce casual fans to bourbon-tasting methods and expand the expertise of longtime bourbon enthusiasts.
"Authors Peggy Noe Stevens and Susan Reigler, much like my grandmother Margie Samuels, are experts in popularizing and beautifying the world of bourbon. Throughout the book, Stevens contributes a grace and style which have been constants throughout her long, varied career as a marketer, event planner, and global advocate for all things bourbon. Reigler blends a biologist's passion for the science behind bourbon with the discerning palate of a true foodie. Which Fork Do I Use With My Bourbon? provides the next best thing to sitting between them at a bourbon-themed dinner in my Kentucky home." -- Rob Samuels, chief distillery officer of Maker's Mark
"If I had to name two people I would turn to for help with bourbon and food, Peggy and Susan would top the list. Individually, their knowledge and experience are impressive, but together, their collective depth and wisdom are staggering. Put your faith in this duo and let them help you entertain, amaze, and blow minds in a style worthy of Kentucky's hospitality-rich and bourbon-drenched history. This book should be a shelf staple for any self-respecting bourbon fan." -- Rob Allanson, managing editor of American Whiskey magazine
"Reading this book made me feel excited about all the parties and gatherings I will have once [the pandemic is] over. I have a renewed sense of the urgency to show friends and loved ones how much they mean to me, and what better way to do that than with a bourbon tasting party." -- Alcohol Professor
"[A]n elegant book...helps us dream of party days ahead." -- Booze Dancing
"This is a very well designed book with many excellent color photographs that will look good on any coffee table, but it will probably not rest there very long. It is filled with valuable information that will have you picking it up every time you want to entertain guests...You will find yourself referencing this book often as the book supplies a wealth of useful information such as how to arrange a room for best flow and what each type of glassware looks like and how they are used." -- BourbonVeach.com
"The book is as beautifully presented as the authors intend your bourbon tastings and parties to be." -- Travel Distilled
"[V]ery approachable and easy to read." -- Life Currents