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3.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 5 3.67 (18 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Toby Cecchini Narrator: Toby Cecchini Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2003 ISBN: 9780739304204
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Cosmopolitan is a memoir of the bartending life structured as a day in the life of Passerby, the bar owned and run by Toby Cecchini. It is, as well, a rich study of human nature—of the outlandish behavior of the human animal under the influence of alcohol, of lust, and of the sheer desire to bust loose and party. As the typical day progresses, Cecchini muses over a life spent in the service industry and the fascinating particulars of his chosen profession. He is by turns witty, acute, mordant, and lyrical in dealing with the realities of his profession, shedding plenty of light on the hidden corners of what people do when they go out at night.

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  • Marvelous.  Toby Cecchini is no part-time, blender-drink-slinging woo-woo pouring dilettante. He's a professional. A hard, wise, funny, sad and unflinching look at the world from the other side of the bar.  Beautifully written, as fascinating for its backstairs account of hip restaurant/bar/lounge hijinks as it is for its unique perspective on human behavior. New York night life in all its true, hilarious, horrific, poignant and pinheaded glory. Anthony Bourdain, author of Kitchen Confidential

    “Toby Cecchini is something of an expert in creating hospitable environments: for drinkers with his bar, and for readers with this book. He writes with a quiet, lucid style about a profession that is generally loud and chaotic, and he makes almost every aspect of his bartending vocation, including, and perhaps especially, the bad behavior of some of his patrons, totally engaging. He has also captured an essence of New York life in the way that Midwesterners are, for some reason, uniquely able to capture it. Finally, though this book’s title is an overt reference to a particular mixed drink, what it embodies and anatomizes so well is an outlook on the world, in this case from behind a bar.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Quod Demonstradum | 10/18/2013

    " A fun read, Cosmopolitan is a memoir that includes both fun anecdotes as well as thoughtful insights to the operation of a bar. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 thomas | 6/1/2013

    " This is the guy that invented the Cosmopolitan. But the book is more of a memoir of bartending in the Meatpacking district of Manhattan. Well written and interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Falisha | 7/7/2012

    " I live in a country that doesn't really have a lot of good booze, our limitations can be frustrating at times. This book made me 1.miss nyc 2.soooo thirsty! good, fast and easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elyssa | 5/2/2012

    " I agree with Alex that the information about drinks, tipping, and other bar etiquette wasn't very interesting to me, but learning about the working life of a bartender and bar owner in NYC made this a worthwhile read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina | 4/9/2012

    " Well written book about bartending in New York City by a literature major, who has an artist's/photographer's eye. He notices and comments on quirky things and happens to know a lot about the French. I want to get to know this person. I also learned a lot about different drinks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/29/2012

    " I can never walk into a bar the same way any more. The bartender's perspective and judgment? is always there now. This was a very different read, which I loved. Sometimes his stuck up tone made me want to throw the book across the room, but I appreciated his writing style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 martha | 11/23/2011

    " great book if you want to read about the life of a bartender - a classy one - in a NY bar (or many). He is very well read and writes accordingly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 6/27/2011

    " A well written and entertaining memoir of a subject and lifestyle I think about often. Solid drink recipes too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 2/7/2011

    " Along the same vein as Anthony Bourdain, Toby Cecchini writes frankly about his long career as a bartender. It's pretty hard in my opinion to beat Bourdain but I did enjoy Cecchini's storytelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Max Detrano | 1/13/2011

    " Surprisingly well written, Cecchini is a fine writer and offers a rare taste of the life of a bartender/owner at a posh artsy bar in the Meat Packer District of NYC before that neighborhood became "the place to be seen." If you like being a fly-on-the-wall, you'll like this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan Gannon | 9/22/2010

    " If you can get past the wildly purple prose, this is a must-read for any bartender. Okay, servers may read it, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Falisha | 8/3/2010

    " I live in a country that doesn't really have a lot of good booze, our limitations can be frustrating at times. This book made me 1.miss nyc 2.soooo thirsty! good, fast and easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/14/2010

    " I can never walk into a bar the same way any more. The bartender's perspective and judgment? is always there now. This was a very different read, which I loved. Sometimes his stuck up tone made me want to throw the book across the room, but I appreciated his writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 12/23/2008

    " Along the same vein as Anthony Bourdain, Toby Cecchini writes frankly about his long career as a bartender. It's pretty hard in my opinion to beat Bourdain but I did enjoy Cecchini's storytelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina | 1/19/2008

    " Well written book about bartending in New York City by a literature major, who has an artist's/photographer's eye. He notices and comments on quirky things and happens to know a lot about the French. I want to get to know this person. I also learned a lot about different drinks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Quod | 12/5/2007

    " A fun read, Cosmopolitan is a memoir that includes both fun anecdotes as well as thoughtful insights to the operation of a bar. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elyssa | 9/21/2007

    " I agree with Alex that the information about drinks, tipping, and other bar etiquette wasn't very interesting to me, but learning about the working life of a bartender and bar owner in NYC made this a worthwhile read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 7/1/2007

    " A well written and entertaining memoir of a subject and lifestyle I think about often. Solid drink recipes too! "

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About the Author
TOBY CECCHINI is part owner of the bar Passerby, located in New York’s far-west Chelsea neighborhood. He began his bartending career in the mid-eighties at New York’s fabled bar and restaurant Odeon, where he began the Cosmopolitan cocktail revival. Cecchini has also written for the New York Times Magazine and GQ. He lives in New York City.