For Good Drinks, Bainbridge traveled around the US and met bartenders creating complex, sophisticated nonalcoholic drinks. Julia Bainbridge’s official title is writer and author but it’s also fair to describe her as a trendsetter. Long before the pandemic brought conversations about the impact of social isolation to the fore, the former Bon Appétit editor was the creator and host of The Lonely Hour, an interview-based podcast about loneliness and solitude. She was similarly prescient when it came to the rise of sober and sober-curious living. A few years ago, Bainbridge set off on a road trip across America to interview bartenders, drink experts and chefs and to discover unusual and delicious alcohol-free mixed beverages. The result was Good Drinks, a compendium of nonalcoholic recipes aimed at anyone rethinking their relationship with alcohol for whatever reason. (Bainbridge doesn’t drink alcohol and has previously described herself as coming from “a long This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Seven Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Food Issue 46 At Work With: Deb Perelman The little blog that could: An interview with Smitten Kitchen’s unflappable founder. Arts & Culture Issue 45 Lisa Taddeo On writing the secret lives of women. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Torrey Peters The Detransition, Baby author is living her best life. Arts & Culture Issue 39 Archive: Jean Stein Annick Weber chronicles the life of one of New York’s great storytellers. Arts & Culture Issue 39 Susanna Moore The sharp-eyed writer on high society and her supermodel past. Arts & Culture Issue 39 Nic Stone How can a young adult fiction author tackle racism, inequality and incarceration—but not rob teen readers of their optimism?