Alcoholica Esoterica: A Collection of Useful and Useless Information As It Relates to the History andC onsumption of All Manner of Booze

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Penguin, Sep 27, 2005 - Cooking - 288 pages
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Finally, there’s a book that’s almost as much fun as having a couple of drinks. Alcoholica Esoterica presents the history and culture of booze as told by a writer with a knack for distilling all the boring bits into the most interesting facts and hilarious tales. It’s almost like pulling up a stool next to the smartest and funniest guy in the bar. Divided into chapters covering the basic booze groups—including beer, wine, Champagne, whiskey, rum, gin, vodka, and tequila—Alcoholica Esoterica charts the origin and rise of each alcohol’s particular charms and influence. Other sections chronicle “Great Moments in Hic-story,” “Great Country Drinking Songs,” “10 Odd Laws,” and “Mt. Lushmore, Parts I–V.” Additionally, famous quotes on the joys and sorrows of liquor offer useful shots of advice and intoxicating whimsy.

Did you know...

  • that the word bar is short for barrier? Yes, that’s right—to keep the customers from getting at all the booze.

  • that Winston Churchill’s mother supposedly invented the Manhattan?

  • that the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock because the sailors on the Mayflower were running low on beer and were tired of sharing?

  • that you have a higher chance of being killed by a flying Champagne cork than by a poisonous spider?

  • that the Code of Hammurabi mandated that brewers of low-quality beer be drowned in it?

  • that beer was so popular with medieval priests and monks that in the thirteenth century they stopped baptizing babies with holy water and started using beer?

 

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Lendler (An Undone Fairy Tale ) has distilled his favorite facts about alcoholic libations into a breezy and entertaining book that covers the basic alcoholic groups as well as assorted historical ... Read full review

Contents

WHAT
WHERE
WHY
HOW
A SAMPLING OF SALUTATIONS
The Lady Who Fills the Mouth
My Liver Wears a Dress
Alewives Meet the Brothers
USELESS INFO
USEFUL INFO
USELESS INFO
USEFUL INFO
COGNAC
POMACE BRANDY
FRUIT BRANDY
USEFUL INFO

Wicked and Pernicious Weed
Entire Butt
Testicle Yeast
One Beer to Rule Them All
USELESS INFO
USEFUL INFO
THE FAMILY TREE
That OldTime Religion
The Blood and the Body
Rising Falling Rome
The ReResurrection
The Poshing of Wine
Lousy Bug
Brave New World
USELESS STUFF
USEFUL STUFF
TSTING CHEAT SHEET
A Monk and His Bubbles
Those Frolicking French
The Widows Good Works
Champagne Pop
Riots and Regulations
USELESS INFO
USEFUL INFO
SCOTCH
BOURBON
USELESS INFO
USEFUL INFO
Sweet Beginnings
Sailors Delight
America the Boozyfull
Middle Passage
Cuba Libre
USELESS INFO
USEFUL INFO
The Black Plague Berry
How to Get a Country Drunk without Really Trying
Ladies Delight Mothers Ruin
Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up from Here
USELESS INFO
USEFUL INFO
MARTINI aka The Silver Bullet
SOME INDIVIDUAL COCKTAIL TALES
USELESS INFO
PORT
USELESS AND USEFUL INFORMATION
SHERRY
USELESS AND USEFUL INFORMATION
MADEIRA
Amaretto
Angosturo
USELESS AND USEFUL INFORMATION
LORDS OF THE DRINK
CATHOLIC CHURCH
Health Drinks
Surgeon Generals of Yore
THE OFFICERS
THE CREW
Last Call at Plymouth Rock
New York State of Mind
Ben Franklins Shadow
The DWI That Roused a Nation
Johnny Appleseed
America Meets the Gangsters
GMen Get the Shaft
Speakeasy
Drinks
The Origins of Honeymoon
The First Breathalyzer
Oktoberfest
Drunk
When Breathing Was Better
GodForgiveMe
The Many Stages of Drinking
THE SUFFERING
THE CURE
DESPERATE MEASURES
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About the author (2005)

Ian Lendler is the author of An Undone Fairy Tale and coauthor of Chelsea Clinton’s Freshman Notebook. The former humor editor for IndiePlanet.com, in 2000 he co-founded the humor Web site Freedonian.com, which was featured in Time Out New York, Gear Magazine, and on CNN.com.

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