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Matt Pietrek

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Matt Pietrek (born 1966) is an American spirits writer and historian who operates the Rum Wonk[1] and Cocktail Wonk [2] web sites. He has also authored several books on these topics. His Modern Caribbean Rum book won the 2023 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award for Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History, or Spirits.[3]

Pietrek and his wife, Carrie Smith, operate Wonk Press LLC,[4] a publishing company.

Previously, he was a computer specialist and author specializing in Microsoft Windows and wrote several books on the topic. Between 1993 and 2001 he wrote the column "Under the Hood" in MSJ (and subsequently) MSDN Magazine. Between 2004 and 2011 he worked at Microsoft on Visual Studio and Hyper-V.


  • Pietrek, Matt (November 30, 2022). Modern Caribbean Rum: A Contemporary Reference to the Region's Essential Spirit. WonkPress. ISBN 978-0-578-27139-2.
  • Pietrek, Matt (May 5, 2019). Minimalist Tiki: A Cocktail Wonk Look at Classic Libations and the Modern Tiki Vanguard. WonkPress. ISBN 978-0-578-21844-1.
  • Pietrek, Matt (November 1, 1995). Windows 95 System Programming Secrets. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 1-56884-318-6.
  • Pietrek, Matt (May 31, 1993). Windows Internals. Addison-Wesley Professional. ISBN 0-201-62217-3.
  • Schulman, Andrew; Maxey, David; Pietrek, Matt (August 1, 1992). Undocumented Windows. Addison-Wesley. ISBN 0-201-60834-0.


  1. ^ Rum Wonk Pietrek's rum blog.
  2. ^ Cocktail Wonk Pietrek's cocktail blog.
  3. ^ Tales of the Cocktail 2023 Spirited Award Winners.
  4. ^ Wonk Press Publisher site.

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