Bloody Mary Book Review: The Drunken Tomato

Posted: February 13, 2014 in Uncategorized
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I’ve never met her in person, but something tells me Shelley Buchanan and I are kindred spirits.

Shelley writes a Bloody Mary brunch blog called “The Drunken Tomato”. Shelley and her guest reviewers travel around, giving their Bloody Mary reviews, much like we do here at Out For Bloodies. 

And now, she’s published a book: The Drunken Tomato: A Definitive Guide to the Best Bloody Marys in Los Angeles and Orange County


Each chapter of this comprehensive, unique city guide focuses on one area of the city, providing contact information for each bar and restaurant, along with reviews and pictures. The establishments range from well-known restaurants to the lesser-known “dive bars.”

I haven’t spent a lot of time in Los Angeles overall and in fact, I’ve only ever reviewed one Bloody Mary there on my most recent trip last March (Kitchen 24) which is not listed in the book; however, after perusing this guide, I’m definitely looking forward to my next visit.

Even if you’re not planning on visiting the area anytime soon, you’ll find that this book is put together so beautifully and the photos are so gorgeous (yes, I’m biased, I know, but I think Bloody Marys are amazing and photograph fantastically) that it could just as easily serve as a coffee table book and/or conversation piece.

Be sure to give Shelley’s blog a follow, follow her on Twitter @TheDrunkenTomato (and us, if you’re not already following– @OutForBloodies), and pick up this book if you get the chance.

in this “business,” we don’t consider ourselves competitors, but rather co-conspirators, searching for that ever-elusive perfect Bloody Mary and having a blast trying.


  1. […] just as with Shelley Buchanan and Judy Bennett, other Bloody Mary aficionados who have  Bloody Mary blogs and/or have written […]

  2. […] on numerous lists for their multiple Bloody Mary options.  It also came recommended by the Drunken Tomato. So I knew it would be good, but it exceeded my […]

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