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The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks - Amy Stewart
The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks
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Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley, tequila from agave, rum from sugarcane, bourbon from corn. Thirsty yet?  In The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and... show more
Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley, tequila from agave, rum from sugarcane, bourbon from corn. Thirsty yet?  In The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol over the centuries.    Of all the extraordinary and obscure plants that have been fermented and distilled, a few are dangerous, some are downright bizarre, and one is as ancient as dinosaurs—but each represents a unique cultural contribution to our global drinking traditions and our history.     This fascinating concoction of biology, chemistry, history, etymology, and mixology—with more than fifty drink recipes and growing tips for gardeners—will make you the most popular guest at any cocktail party. (from the catalog )
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781616200466 (1616200464)
ASIN: 1616200464
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Pages no: 381
Edition language: English
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Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
5.0 The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks - Amy Stewart
You don’t have to be a heavy drinker to enjoy this, although it’s probably best if you have an interest of some kind in booze. So many wonderful kinds of booze. There are recipes if you’d like to host a Drunken Botanist party, but largely a lot of very entertaining trivia about all the plants that s...
Lindsay's Book Log
Lindsay's Book Log rated it
4.5 The Drunken Botanist
So fun fact I have a minor in Botany and a fascination with food history. This book was a good cursory look at the foods that we make into alcohol. But it's super cursory, and I would have liked a slightly deeper dig into things. I listened to this as an audiobook because I was interested in the fo...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
3.5 The Drunken Botanist
bookshelves: reference-book Read from June 24 to August 24, 2013 The Drunken Botanist: Colleen Marlowe readsfraudio> nonfic> drink> summer 2013> Set out as reference book, packed with trivia and recipes, this was fun, yet at times, stomach flipping, so I'll just stick with my Friday glass of win...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
3.0
The Drunken Botanist: Colleen Marlowe readsfraudio> nonfic> drink> summer 2013> refSet out as reference book, packed with trivia and recipes, this was fun, yet at times, stomach flipping, so I'll just stick with my Friday glass of wine with no moths or chicken breasts suspended in the liquid. mmmmmm...
lisa's reviews
lisa's reviews rated it
5.0
I love any book with recipes for making my own weird cocktails. It's a bonus that this book has really interesting info on the plants that turn us alcoholic for the evening. This one I might have to buy for myself.
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