Tony Abou-Ganim grew up in the bar business, learning the craft from his cousin Helen David at the Brass Rail Bar in Port Huron, Michigan, before going on to develop the cocktail programs of numerous restaurants in San Francisco (working with Harry Denton) and New York (working with Mario Batali) and at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. He operates his own beverage consulting firm specializing in bar staff training, product education, and cocktail development, and also serves as the national ambassador of the U.S. Bartenders Guild. Mary Elizabeth Faulkner is a writer living in the San Francisco Bay area.
PRAISE FOR TONY ABOU-GANIM AND THE MODERN MIXOLOGIST: "Tony Abou-Ganim is the poster boy for modern mixology." --Mario Batali "The [Modern Mixologist] unfolds with wonderfully simple step by step logic that will lead the reader to cocktail expertise...Cheers to a triumph!" --Dale DeGroff, author of The Craft of the Cocktail and The Essential Cocktail "One of the top mixologists in the world." --Adam Klappholz, Vanity Fair "This is the Modern Mixologist, this book is the one to get!" --Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon "This month Tony celebrates 30 years behind the bar with a new book: The Modern Mixologist: Contemporary Classic Cocktails...A modern classic from an industry legend." --Jim Meehan, GQ "If you've ever had a great--or even a good--cocktail in Las Vegas, one of the people you need to thank is Tony Abou-Ganim." --Liquor.com "[The Modern Mixologist] is both fascinating--from a historical perspective--as well as informational, with all sorts of helpful photos on techniques, tools and other miscellaneous requirements to becoming a better bar chef." --Steve Dolinsky, Adventures in Urban Eating "One of the top 25 most influential cocktail personalities of the past century...[Tony Abou-Ganim's] influenced countless bartenders and has built an empire of modern bartending." --Imbibe magazine "Abou-Ganim is now one of the giants in his industry, yet his new book, The Modern Mixologist, makes cocktails accessible. There is no insider's regalia; there are no navel-gazing anecdotes. Aptly named, The Modern Mixologist is a guide to being just that." --Chicago Tribune "It is a challenge to produce a cocktail book that is unlike all of the others on the market and it is a task that I believe Tony Abou-Ganim has successfully accomplished in his first book, The Modern Mixologist: Contemporary Classic Cocktails." --Colleen Graham, About.com: Cocktails "Who better to deliver an advanced course in home bartending than the 'Modern Mixologist' himself? Tony Abou-Ganim's new book covers specialized glassware, infusions and seasonal drinks, along with 60 of his best recipes." --The Tasting Table "In The Modern Mixologist internationally celebrated cocktail authority Tony Abou-Ganim shares his vast knowledge. This new book combines 60 of Abou-Ganim's very best recipes alongside practical bar tips, cocktail history, as well as quotes from leading authorities and industry personalities." -- Bar & Beverage Magazine