Alcoholica Esoterica: A Collection of Useful and Useless Information As It Relates to the History andConsumption of All Manner of Booze [NOOK Book]

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

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
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 drinking events and personages. Liberally salted with pertinent quotations, it offers fascinating details about everything from the art of toasting to the origins of different kinds of cocktails. As Lendler himself is the first to admit, however, he is in no way a "professional" historian, and this shows in the lack of a bibliography and an index, which diminishes the book's usefulness as a reference source. Ben Schott's Schott's Food and Drink Miscellany, which doesn't delve into alcoholic beverages in quite as much depth as Lendler's book but also covers food, might be a better choice for reference collections. Recommended for medium to large public libraries as an amusing selection for circulating collections.-John Charles, Scottsdale P.L., AZ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440626692
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/27/2005
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 929,677
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2005

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    A ridiculously entertaining collection of alcohol-related facts and tidbits, gathered together and chuckled over by Ian Lendler. In this wry book of alcoholic anecdotes, Lendler covers significant ground in the Land of Booze. One moment he tenders a neat little bar trick¿drop a raisin in a glass of champagne and it will circulate in perpetual motion from the bottom of the glass to the top and back again¿then delivers, still in a jazzy tone, a compact history of fortified wines. There are vest-pocket profiles of giants he would carve on Mount Lushmore¿W.C. Fields, Humphrey Bogart, Dean Martin, Dorothy Parker, Winston Churchill¿and scads of useless information to while away happy hour: how many berries, herbs, roots and flowers are required for making vermouth the origin of the word 'binge' why Oktoberfest is called Oktoberfest even though it's celebrated in September and some profoundly disturbing hangover-cure hokum, such as ground swallow's beaks in myrrh (ancient Assyria) and rubbing half a lemon in the pit of your drinking arm (Puerto Rico). Raise a glass to Lendler, then grab the nearest person you can find and reel off a few tidbits from this collection of gloriously mirthful arcana.

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