Michael Dietsch is me, and I am Michael Dietsch.
My first book, SHRUBS, premiered in September 2014 from Countryman Press, a division of W. W. Norton. In SHRUBS, I look at the history of the beverages called shrub, from their origins in the Middle East up through to their modern use in the trendiest cocktail bars and restaurants. Yes, beverages. There are at least two, and there might be three, depending on how you count things.
My second book, WHISKEY, arrives in May 2016, also from Countryman. WHISKEY covers the history of the venerable brown beverage, the differences between — say — bourbon and scotch, and the abundance of cocktail applications for all the many different whiskeys of the world.
I am a writer, editor, blogger, drinker, husband of ten years to Jennifer Hess, and stay-at-home dad to two beautiful children, Julian and Mirabelle. We live in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. When I’m not writing, blogging, editing, drinking, husbanding, and dadding, I like to cook, bike, walk, and smoke cigars, though seldom all at once. I used to like to grill and smoke meats and vegetables in my spare time, but I currently lack a yard. Or for that matter, spare time.