The Best Cookbooks of Fall 2018

The Dead Rabbit Mixology & Mayhem: The Story of John Morrissey and the World’s Best Cocktail Menu

Sean Muldoon, Jack McGarry, Jillian Vose
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 30

The Dead Rabbit’s new book, likely a must for cocktail aficionados, is written as a gloriously illustrated comic book, much like the bar’s menus, with drink recipes from bar manager Jillian Vose on every other page. Bar geeks will recognize some of the characters — they’re drawn to look like mixologists from around the country — which might make the otherwise tired plot (bad guy gets into trouble, gets girls, gets into more trouble, gets another girl, ultimately lives to fight another day) more exciting. The recipes in the book are true to the bar, but the book doesn’t seem designed for home bartenders to actually use. That said, Vose is a drinks savant, known for flavor pairings that surprise — even if that means drinks that contain 10 or more different ingredients.

Jack McGarryEater NYC