Everyday Drinking is a compilation of Amis’s out-of-print classics on drinking alcoholic beverages, its history, social mores, and etiquette: “On Drink” (1973), “Everyday Drinking” (1983) and “How’s Your Glass?” (1984).
Garner’s review has pretty much sold me on this book.
I’m not much of a drinker and I haven’t read any of those three books and still I may purchase a copy of Everyday Drinking for my ever expanding personal library.
Though I’ve had Stuart Walton’s Out of It: a Cultural History of Intoxication on my “Books to Read” list, I haven’t read any books on nor do I own any on drinking and Garner makes Everyday Drinking sound witty and delightful (more so than Out of It). Garner writes:
These books are so delicious they impart a kind of contact high; they make you feel as if you’ve just had the first sip of the planet’s coldest, driest martini.