The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World's Great Drinks

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Algonquin Books, 2013 - Cooking - 381 pages
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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?Ê 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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Nice illustrations and drink recipes are included. - LibraryThing
Very accessible, easy to read, and entertaining. - LibraryThing
Some recipes for exotic cocktails. - LibraryThing
Some instructions for brewing. - LibraryThing
Recipes are sprinkled throughout. - LibraryThing
Also included are several classic drink recipes. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Barbara Buchan - Goodreads

I listened to the audio version of this book and would not recommend it. I was able to bookmark pages and recipes but found it less than satisfying. Read full review

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Part botany, part history, part drink recipes. Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Amy Stewart is the award-winning author of six books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world. She is the cofounder of the popular blog Garden Rant and is a contributing editor at Fine Gardening magazine. She and her husband live in Eureka, California, where they own an antiquarian bookstore called Eureka Books.

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