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Mark Spivak - author of Iconic Spirits and Global Gourmet blogMARK SPIVAK

 

Mark Spivak has been the Food and Wine Editor of Palm Beach Illustrated, educating our readers on the finer points of wine and spirits as well as reviewing the top culinary spots of South Florida since 2001. Visiting wine regions, distilleries and culinary meccas around the globe, Mark’s voice, an authoritative pen of the epicurean scene, can also be read on his blog Global Gourmet, where he writes about his experiences and insights, exclusively on palmbeachillustrated.com.
Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History - Mark Spivak   Mark is also the author of The Affordable Wine Guide to California and the Pacific Northwest (also available as an e-book), and his newest tome, Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History [Lyons Press], which hit bookstands November 2012.
  Iconic Spirits is a must read for any and all interested in the world of the high-proofed. The book chronicles twelve unique spirits and categories that helped forge the cocktail culture of today, telling the untold stories and the hidden tales of each, followed with cocktail recipes, many of which are classics and genre originators.

Blog Articles

The Case for Bad Beer

Date: October 20, 2014

Celebrity chef David Chang always drinks the cheapest and worst beer he can find.

Ca' del Bosco

Date: October 13, 2014

The top wines from Italy's Franciacorta region can easily compete with Champagne.

Michelin 2015 NYC

Date: October 6, 2014

The Michelin Red Guide to New York's best restaurants has been released, along with the usual surprises.

Reflections on Oyster Stew

Date: September 29, 2014

Tips on preparing oyster stew, along with a foolproof recipe.

The Breadstick Wars

Date: September 22, 2014

Some Olive Garden investors aren't happy with the chain's unlimited-breadstick policy.

King of the Vegetables

Date: September 15, 2014

Top French chef Alain Ducasse has shocked the culinary world by implementing a vegetable-centric menu at his three-star Michelin restaurant in Paris.

Portable Bubbly

Date: September 8, 2014

The 187 milliliter bottle of Champagne---known in restaurant parlance as a "split"---has been reborn with innovative packaging and greater convenience.

Drink Bourbon, Save Trees

Date: September 1, 2014

Every time a Bourbon enthusiast consumes Angel's Envy during September (Bourbon Heritage Month) and takes a picture of the drink, the brand will plant a new American white oak tree.

Let Them Eat Buckwheat

Date: August 25, 2014

Vladimir Putin's ban on imported food is creating hardships for the Russian population.

Xtreme Fast Food

Date: August 18, 2014

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has released their 2014 Xtreme Eating Awards, and the results aren't pretty.

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