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Book Review: Alcohol Free Entertaining: Come for Mocktails by Patsy Bickerstaff and Bill Seay

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Alcohol Free Entertaining: Come for Mocktails by Patsy Bickerstaff and Bill Seay is a wonderful book which shows how to prepare non-alcoholic beverages for year round events including holidays, festivals, spring breaks, birthdays and graduations. The presentation is addressed to constituencies of people who must stay alert at all times; such as, physicians, pilots, traffic controllers, operators of heavy vehicles in a host of professions too numerous to list.

The authors provide novices with a delineation of the basic equipment consisting of a glass pitcher, cocktail shaker, electric blender, bar spoon, bottle opener, piercing can opener, measurement glass, measuring spoons, ice scoop, garnish spears, stirrers and straws. There are a plethora of mineral waters and club sodas such as Mountain Valley, Evian, Poland Spring, Perrier, Calistoga and Schweppes, just to name a few.

The book provides important flavorings to substitute for alcohol. Examples of the classic non-alcoholic flavorings are angostura bitters, grenadine syrup, creme de menthe, rum, anise, mint, vanilla and fresh fruits. The authors provide important champagne substitutes such as apple juice, ginger ale, cranberry juice, white grape juice and de-alcoholized wine.

Since most middle eastern people don’t consume alcohol in great quantities, abdug is a nutritious standby. The drink consists of plain water, yogurt and dry mints. A Saratoga can be made with lemon juice, superfine sugar, Angostura bitters and effervescent mineral water. Russian tea can be made with water, cinnamon, clives, sugar, stripped orange peels and a spice/water mixture.

Alcohol Free Entertaining is an important work for people everywhere who entertain. The ultimate objective of the book is to satisfy the taste buds while returning people to their homes sober. The authors’ presentation accomplishes this most difficult goal for readers everywhere. The book is an important resource which is easy to read, very affordable and written for a wide constituency of readers.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.