Last Call: A beautiful boozy library, how toxic masculinity is ruining food, and how to sleep better

American barman Harry Craddock expertly mixes a drink in the American bar of the Savoy Hotel in London. Author of ‘The Savoy Cocktail Book’, Craddock invented such cocktails as the ‘Dry Martini’ and ‘White Lady’. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
Last CallLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

One boozy library


Cocktail nerds may find themselves down a rabbit hole as I did upon discovering this library of vintage cocktail books from the Exposition Universelle des Vins et Spiritueux, a museum on Bendor Island, France. The books are easily readable and are organized by country, with examples dating back centuries. I’ve practically worn the cover off my Savoy cocktail book, so it’s wonderful to have so much more historically cocktail inspiration available in archived form. [Kate Bernot]

Toxic masculinity tastes like shit

Here I am again talking about sexism in the restaurant industry! Today, Eater dives in to toxic masculinity in the food world, where women are always asked whether they learned to cook at home from their mother while men are asked what chefs or early restaurant experiences inspired them. The way food writers talk about female chefs matters, and often leads to talented female chefs being considered less valuable and less capable than their male counterparts. Not only is this sexist, but it’s resulting in shittier food for everyone: “There’s this idea that food is art, and that chefs create the best thing possible... If you’re saying to half the population, ‘Stay away,’ you can’t also argue it’s about artistic expression and meritocracy. You’re keeping half the group out.” [Jen Sabella]

How to sleep better

This video changed my life. No hyperbole. In 28 minutes, it makes the argument that sleep is the key to good health. Immediately after watching this I ordered a pair of $10 orange-tinted glasses. You may too. [Kevin Pang]


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About the author

Kevin Pang

Kevin Pang was the founder and editor-in-chief of The Takeout, and director of the documentary For Grace on Netflix.

Kate Bernot

Kate Bernot is managing editor at The Takeout and a certified beer judge.

Jen Sabella

Jen Sabella is Managing Editor of The Takeout. She loves: fried chicken, mezcal, cats and stalking celesbians on Instagram.