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Chasing the Dram by Rachel McCormack, £8.99, published by Simon & Schuster

Scottish cook and food writer Rachel McCormack aims to take whisky out of armchairs and into the kitchen with her entertaining tome. Keen for Scotland’s national drink to be used more in recipes, as research for the book, McCormack travelled the length and breadth of Scotland discovering a myriad of colourful characters creating distinctive Scotch expressions around the country.

McCormack believes that limiting whisky to a drink is similar to the Presbyterian attitude to sex: that it should only be done with the lights off and in the missionary position.

Interspersing an engaging mix of anecdotes, history and information on distillers and recipes, this book will appeal to everyone from whisky connoisseurs to the novice whisky learner looking for guidance on how to weave it into their recipes.

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