I cannot tell how the truth may be; I say the tale as ’twas said to me.—Sir Walter Scott
Welcome to Kalevala Books, publishers of books on folklore and fairy tales, cooking, history, and classic cocktails.
The Kalevala Books imprint, established by our senior editor while she was a graduate student at the University of Iowa, is the publishing arm of Compass Rose Horizons Editorial Services.
Reprint editions of vintage cocktail books, mixology manuals, and bartender guides hand-selected by our own editors. Whether you’re in the mood for a Jazz Age concoction or would like to try a mint julep as enjoyed by our Founding Fathers, you’ll find something here to tickle your fancy and satisfy your palate.More>>>
Explore classic world cuisine with some of our vintage cookbooks.More>>>
Absinthe! The very word evokes an era of romance and excess. Nicknamed la fée verte, or the “Green Fairy,” this fabled drink is often said to be the inspiration behind the work of many great nineteenth-century artists and poets like Degas, Manet, van Gogh, Verlaine, and Toulouse Lautrec. The Green Fairy has also been called a dark seductress. Nearly a hundred years ago the world banned this potent spirit amid fears that it caused madness and criminal behavior. However, much of that belief has been dispelled and absinthe is making a comeback. Many cafes around the world are serving it again as the laws against distilling or selling it are being lifted. This collection of over 700 cocktail recipes offers the reader a variety of delicious ways to enjoy absinthe. If you are not lucky enough to live in a region where absinthe is again legal, you may also try using Pernod, Anisette, Absente, or other “absinthe substitutes” in these cocktails. Illustrated with historic images from The Virtual Absinthe Museum as well as dozens of vintage advertising posters and paintings by nineteenth-century masters. Long live the Green Fairy!More>>>
“The book is absolutely excellent...beautifully and intelligently produced.”— David Nathan-Maister, proprietor, Virtual Absinthe Museum