Eat Me Daily today ripped into local blogger Kate Hopkins’ new book, 99 Drams of Whiskey, bucking the opinions of Publisher’s Weekly and Playboy (at least as reported in Accidental Hedonist). Reviewer Paula Forbes doesn’t spit vitriol or write Hopkins off entirely (to the contrary, she even plugs the blog), but she does not pull punches in driving home the point that the book, which follows Hopkins and her friend Krysta on a tour through the whiskey-producing regions of the world with little historical lessons interspersed, lacks a defined arc.
The two women are trying to understand why a man they dub “Mr. Disposable Income” would spend £32,000 on a bottle of whiskey and then drink it all in one night. In the end, they come to an anticlimactic conclusion: it’s because whiskey is awesome!
In the end, Forbes writes, whiskey newbies may find themselves lost in the historical writing while experts will get bored. Not a good balancing act. [Via Eat Me Daily]