The Devil's Picnic: Travels Through the Underworld of Food and Drink

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HarperCollins Canada, Aug 1, 2010 - Cooking - 368 pages
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The Devil’s Picnic is a feast like no other: start with an aperitif of powerful Norwegian moonshine; nibble on a French raw-milk cheese that can carry a brain-swelling bacteria; sip Bolivian coca tea and Swiss absinthe; maybe puff a Cuban cigar in a California bar. Award-winning journalist Taras Grescoe travels the world sampling these and other substances that have been legally banned and publicly demonized. As he partakes of forbidden pleasures and risks run-ins with the law, his experiences make for fascinating reading and for equally compelling meditations on personal freedom. Who decides what’s bad for us? What role do international politics play in the banning of certain substances? What will be banned next?

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TARAS GRESCOE is the author of six books, including the bestselling Bottomfeeder, which won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-fiction and the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ Award for Literary Food Writing, and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. His books Sacré Blues, The End of Elsewhere and Straphanger were also Writers’ Trust Prize finalists. He lives in Montreal.  He lives in Montreal. Visit him online at or on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter @grescoe.

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