Imagine it now… you’re lying in a beachside hammock, listening to the waves lapping against the shoreline, the palm trees rustling in the afternoon trade winds, your cocktail of choice gathering condensation alongside you, listening to the distant sound of someone strumming a ukulele, when suddenly it dawns on you that you forgot the one item that would make this moment slightly more picturesque – a book.
While Maui has a million opportunities for adventure, we realise that the majority of visitors escape to The Valley Isle’s stunning landscapes to do something they don’t often have the proper time to do at home: relax. So without further ado, we’re here to offer some of our favorite reading material about a topic we can’t stop obsessing over – craft food and cocktails!
Maui Reading List: Craft Food & Cocktail Books
Drinking Like Ladies: 75 Modern Cocktails from the World’s Leading Female Bartenders
Written by acclaimed bartenders Kirsten Amann and Misty Kalkofen, Drinking Like Ladies is the perfect inspiring ode to all things boozy and female. A collection of drink recipes from female bartenders around the world, each cocktail is dedicated to a different trailblazing lady, including those made with your liquor of choice to more adventurous craft options.
National Geographic Atlas of Beer: A Globe-Trotting Journey Through the World of Beer
Crammed full of gorgeous photos, this book features insights into beer cultures around the globe, as well as insider looks at interesting worldly breweries and stories from knowledgable bartenders. Atlas of Beer covers little known beer destinations like Fiji, Estonia and Tanzania, and kickstarts your taste for travel – and beer, obviously – while offering a broader perspective on one of the world’s most beloved beverages.
The Food of Paradise: Exploring Hawaii’s Culinary Heritage
Written by Rachel Laudan, a previous winner of the Julia Child Cookbook Awards, The Food of Paradise offers an authentic look at the cultural melting pot of Hawaii that spawned an authentic local cuisine. Focusing on local specialities like the plate lunch, shave ice, spam and more, this book goes far beyond ‘cookbook’ status with an in-depth, fascinating analysis of how Hawaii’s foods came to be.
Described as “a Salute in Stories and Drinks to Professor Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar,” Imbibe! was written by historian and cocktail writer, David Wondrich, winner of the 2007 James Beard Award upon this book’s first edition of publishing. Besides learning more about classic American cocktails, readers will enjoy his colorful tidbits and vast wealth of knowledge, and in this updated version, a whole section on the classic Mint Julep cocktail.
And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails
If rum is your liquor of choice, look no further! Writer and cocktail columnist Wayne Curtis’ And a Bottle of Rum takes readers on a multi-century journey of the history, relevance and legends behind one of the world’s most beloved spirits, including stories of sailors, the American colonies, Prohibition and more. An interesting read for history, economics, political and just plain booze-minded enthusiasts, we love this book.
The Comic Book Story of Beer: The World’s Favorite Beverage from 7000 BC to Today’s Craft Brewing Revolution
A New York Times Best Seller, The Comic Book Story of Beer is ideal for those who prefer to leave the heavy reading at home. With colorful illustrations and insight into the history of how beer became so popular, this comic book by Jonathan Hennessey is entertaining, informative and unique in its illustrative approach. Pair it with a cold can of your favorite Maui Brewing Co. beer and enjoy!
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