Many books are dedicated to dissecting a particular varietal or grouping of wine or beer, but few books take on the momentous task of delving into the entire world of wine, beer and spirits. Dr. Robert Small, Michelle Couturier and Michael Godfrey execute this challenge with flying colors in their book Beverage Basics: Understanding and Appreciating Wine, Beer and Spirits. This comprehensive guide covers wines by varietal instead of appellation, making it user friendly for even the newest of wine lovers, discussing not only the major varietals, but also hybrid and Native American varieties, sparkling wines, and dessert and fortified wines. Chapters on beer and distilled spirits include information on making, purchasing and evaluating beer and spirits. Beverage Basics: Understanding and Appreciating Wine, Beer and Spirits is available in stores and online for $65.