Books about Whisky have always been a special interest of mine so when I received the following Press Release I couldn’t pass it.

Whisky, now a global phenomenon and the mark of sophisticated drinkers world-wide, has been Scotland’s national drink for over 500 years. It is a drink that is a profound and important part of Scottish life and culture but, unlike other countries and their national libations, it has hardly been used in food. Rachel McCormack is going to change that with this book. Limiting whisky to a drink, she believes, is similar to the traditional Presbyterian attitude to sex; it should only be done with the lights off and in the missionary position. Rachel believes that there is an entire Karma Sutra of whisky use out there, and she has put it in this book!

Interspersing an engaging mix of anecdotes, history and information on distillers as well as recipes, this book will appeal to everyone from the cooking whisky connoisseur, to the novice whisky drinker looking for guidance on what to eat and cook. Rachel travels the length and breadth of Scotland discovering a wealth of new information about this remarkable drink and the key people who create it around the country as she visits the distilleries of Scotland from the big brand names to the small start-ups.

Chasing The Dram by Rachel McCormack

About the book

  • A unique narrative on Scotland’s greatest export (after Billy Connolly!) which shows why it’s more than ‘just a drink’ to millions around the world.
  • Warm, engaging and genuinely funny, Rachel appears regularly on Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet with Jay Rayner and extends her trademark humor to Chasing the Dram. Much like Pete McCarthy’s homage to pubs, McCarthy’s Bar, Rachel offers up a tribute to this seminal tipple in all its forms.
  • Ideal as a gift for Whisky lovers and the uninitiated alike.

About Rachel McCormack

The daughter of a Macallan drinker, Rachel was introduced to whisky via flu-alleviating hot toddies. At seventeen years of age she had a rude awakening in a Glasgow pub after asking for the house whisky and discovered that not all whiskies were the same. Her father maintains to this day that he ruined her tastebuds with high quality malt at far too young an age. She would like to think he gave them a crash course in discernment. Rachel is a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet, and has also broadcast on the station’s From Our Own Correspondent, The Food Programme and appeared as an expert guest on BBC Radio 2 on both the Simon Mayo Show and the Chris Evans Show.

The book is being published by Simon & Schuster and will be available in July 2017 with a price tag of £16.99.