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The Drunken Botanist

The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks
Stewart, Amy (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Drunken Botanist


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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.
Authors: Stewart, Amy
Title: The drunken botanist
the plants that create the world's great drinks
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. :, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xv, 381 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm
Notes: Includes charts
Includes index
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 1616200464
9781616200466
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  • zipread rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The Drunken Botanist: the Plants that Create the World’s Great Drinks. --- by Amy Stewart. The title says it all: this book is about the plants that produce the alcoholic beverages that we drink and some that we don’t even know about. The reading is easy, the style is clear. No dense, difficult to understand prose here. All the major players are covered: the grape and the hop; the rye and the wheat; sorghum and rice; and so are the end products: ale and lager; wine and cider; gin and bourbon. And more. Thoughtfully, Stewart included a few recipes: there’s Kir and Lavender Martini; Black Gold and Ciao Bella; the Aviation and Mint Julep. You can zoom through this little tome real fast, presumably even faster and more enjoyably with some liquid refreshment at hand. Cheers!

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