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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.


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modernmm Aug. 8, 2011 @ 6:41 p.m.

I absolutely LOVED this book - I'm dying to meet the authors and get my book signed. I made several of these drinks and they are super easy and my friends love them. I love that it is geared towards women..


amy Aug. 8, 2011 @ 6:45 p.m.

Sounds like a great event! I have this book and bought a few extra copies for my female friends to give as holiday gifts. It's a must have!


SusannaM Aug. 9, 2011 @ 10:28 a.m.

This was a great read. Sooo fun to get the behind the scenes gossip and find too how a bartender views you. Great, no-nonsense interview advice for applicants in any field really. I love the party guides and bar-stocking tips. Psyched to meet the author and get my book signed (and maybe get some celeb gossip from her too?!)


jmberry Aug. 11, 2011 @ 3:23 p.m.

What a hoot! I babysat these girls in the 80's. They were beautiful then as they are now. My daughter has them as friends on facebook. It is wonderful to catch up after all this time. (We have lived in N. Calif. for almost 20 yrs.) I will definitely read their book. It is always good to see someone grown and intelligently doing something with their lives.


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