Stomping Through the Savoy, Eric Felten, Wall Street Journal, April 5, 2008
Book-bloggers have taken up everything from sole to the soul. A couple of years ago, blogress Julie Powell famously cooked her way through the book that made Julia Child a star, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” Last year, Slate deputy editor David Plotz got to the end of 2 Chronicles, wrapping up his “Blogging the Bible” stroll through the Old Testament. And now one of the essential texts of the cocktail canon is in the middle of getting the same thoroughgoing treatment. Erik Ellestad, a host at the eGullet.org1 Web site, has been leading a bibulous crew of online collaborators since June 2006 on an Abbey to Zed trek through the 1930 “Savoy Cocktail Book.”
And for the record, I haven’t read “Julie and Julia”. My inspiration, rather, was friend Trott’s stroll through the Joy of Cooking. Well, that and a simple desire to familiarize myself with the flavor palette of classic cocktails.