Ted Munat (author)
Ted Munat is a freelance cocktail writer based in Seattle, Washington. Under the moniker Le Mixeur, he has created a most irreverent blog (lemixeur.blogspot.com) and orchestrated a number of cocktail events promoting bartenders, craft cocktails, and a new cocktail community. Ted shares a mission with his loose federation of Munat Brothers to never pay for a drink again. This book is another surreptitious step in this devious plan.
Michael Lazar (author)
102 cocktails and over 40 homemade ingredients: they had to be made, tasted, and tested, some several times. Michael Lazar, the mad kitchen scientist cum bartender for Left Coast Libations, did it all. Distillate of his experience can be found throughout this book in the form of notes and scribblings intended to enlighten both neophyte and professional. Further excerpts from his secret diaries can be found on his blog “Stirred, Not Shaken” along with his own original cocktail recipes and frequent musings on exotic citrus and semi-toxic cordials. No longer satisfied to simply test and write about cocktails, Michael now makes and serves them regularly to willing guests at venues (underground or otherwise) throughout the San Francisco bay area.
Jenn Farrington (photographer)
Jenn Farrington is an advertising, editorial and documentary photographer who shoots travel, lifestyle, food and beverage. Select publications include: Gourmet, Wine and Spirits, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle and C Magazine. She shot the location photos for the book Tequila: A Guide to Types, Flights, Cocktails and Bites by Joanne Weir / Ten Speed Press. International photo travels include: Egypt, Israel, St. Martin, UK, Canada, Mexico, Netherlands, Thailand, and Czech Republic. Jenn’s current travel schedule and new work can be seen at jennfarrington.com.
Scott Bodarky (publisher, agent provocateur)
Scott Bodarky is an entrepreneur who has worked in various fields, including IT, music, event production, and publishing. He is interested in the largely forgotten cultural history of spirits and cocktails, such as the role spirits played in preserving perishable agricultural products in the days before industrial transit and refrigeration. Scott hopes Left Coast Libations will contribute to the deepening relationship between artisanal cocktails and Slow Food.
[all photography (c) Jenn Farrington, except for photo of Scott Bodarky]