Scott Marks 4:26 p.m., May 21
San Diego-born sisters Jordan Catapano and Jocelyn Dunn Muhlbach are reaching out to the fairer sex with the release of their new book, This Girl Walks Into A Bar. While a collaborative effort, this surprisingly potent book is a how-to based on the vocational lessons of Catapano, a writer who bartended to support herself after moving to Los Angeles and went on to mix drinks for celebrities including Bradley Cooper, Beyoncé, Julia Roberts, and Jamie Foxx.
Billed as “a women’s guide to professional bartending and home mixology,” the book is split into two parts. The first half is intended for women who are interested in pursuing a career in bartending (or would simply like hearing colorful stories from Catapano and some of her bartending colleagues) and includes tips on everything from picking the right bar to utensils and terminology and, the inevitable…dealing with drunks.
Lessons and advice are doled out in an entertaining tone that makes it an easy read, but doesn’t skimp on information that’s actually useful for aspiring bartenders. Everything from how to cram for and ace an interview to how to use one’s assets (and not just those assets) to earn a fat tip is explained in the simplest of terms, as are the recipes that make up the second half of the book. They’re meant for anybody who wants to mix up a drink -- whether stiff, pretty or both -- either in a bar or in the comfort of their own living room. There are 100 recipes in al,l and they’ve been cleverly formatted into flashcards by Dunn Muhlbach, a pro graphic designer who was responsible for the book’s layout and aesthetic appeal.
It’s the kind of book that anybody with an interest in bars and booze that goes anywhere beyond the act of consumption can find enjoyment in. The sisters behind the book will be on hand for a spirited debut party and book signing at Vagabond (http://www.vagabondkitchen.com) at 2310 30th Street in South Park from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10 and This Girl Walks Into A Bar will be on sale across the street at The Grove (http://www.thegrovesandiego.com) at 3010 Juniper Street.