Absinthe, Sip of Seduction

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Speck Press, 2003 - Art - 129 pages
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Take an intimate look into the contemporary world of absinthe. International in scope, Absinthe: Sip of Seduction is a visually rich journey into an alluring subculture. Punctuated with color reproductions of classic and current lithographs, posters, postcards, cartoons, antiques, glassware, bottles, and other tools of the absinthe drinker, this new and thorough study explains and illustrates the history, culture, and mystique of the drink known as the Green Fairy.

Absinthe bars have popped up all over the globe in recent years. Festivals in Switzerland and France celebrate the many distilleries and varieties of absinthe available on the market today. Museums, films, collectors, and -reviews of existing brands all set this title apart from the historically based volumes currently on the English language market. Absinthe: Sip of Seduction explores absinthe's contemporary absinthe and ritual.

The focus is unique; in addition to the customary glimpses of history, the authors provide insights into the controversy and effects of the Green Fairy through the stories of famous connoisseurs such as Vincent Van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway, and Pablo Picasso. However, consumption and enjoyment of absinthe is not just relegated to history; contemporary drinkers include Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson. Explained are sipping instructions, variations including French, Czech, and German methods, cocktail and drink recipes, and even suggestions for culinary accompaniments.

Confirmed absinthe drinkers, neophytes, the curious, and collectors will all find this book equally intriguing and seductive.

 

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Contents

The Rise and Falland Resurrection
1
The Visionaries Muse
13
The Sip
45
Collectibles
55
The Reviews Are In
73
Toddies and Tastes
93
The Green Fairy Scene
101
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T.A. Breaux is a chemist and one of the leading experts on absinthe's chemical makeup. Betina Wittels is a psychotherapist in Tucson, Arizona. She is one of the leading vendors of absinthe antiques in the U. S. and is a broker for absinthe vendors worldwide. Robert Hermesch is a former book editor and teacher. He lives in Boston, Massachussets.

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