The Absinthe Encyclopedia

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Written by David Nathan-Maister, the book surveys the history of absinthe from earliest days right up to the present, with a particular focus on its glittering heyday in Belle Epoque France. Hundreds of full colour illustrations document every aspect of the drink - its distillation and production, the grande marques that distributed it, the bars and cafés that served it, the patrons - men and women, rich and poor, soldiers and politicians, poets, artists, lovers and boulevardiers - who drank it. Special sections ...
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Overview

Written by David Nathan-Maister, the book surveys the history of absinthe from earliest days right up to the present, with a particular focus on its glittering heyday in Belle Epoque France. Hundreds of full colour illustrations document every aspect of the drink - its distillation and production, the grande marques that distributed it, the bars and cafés that served it, the patrons - men and women, rich and poor, soldiers and politicians, poets, artists, lovers and boulevardiers - who drank it. Special sections describe the various drinking rituals in exhaustive detail, others deal with absinthes popularity and spread in the USA, its alleged "secondary effects" and the disputed syndrome of absinthism, the hard fought and ultimately successful campaign to ban it in France, Switzerland and elsewhere, and 80 years later, its modern renaissance at the dawn of the 21st century.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780955692116
  • Publisher: Oxygenee Ltd
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 0.95 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 11.00 (d)

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  • Posted May 3, 2009

    A must-have for both new and old absintheurs

    Not only being the most extensive, authoritative modern work ever written on the fascinating subject of absinthe - this is also a very beautiful book, and a wonderful guide to the world of the legendary "Green Fairy", from its birth in the late 18th century to its following death, and its re-birth in just recent years. Through a remarkable effort, the author has managed to make the whole content - and even more - of the Virtual Absinthe Museum (www.oxygenee.com) available in book form. This is a truly fascinating book that I keep coming back to again and again. Anyone who has just the slightest interest in history and drinking culture will love it!

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

    The definitive history of the history and lore of absinthe from the 18th century right up to the present day. Profusely illustrated - around 1000 colour photos. The essential reference on the topic.

    Written by David Nathan-Maister, the book surveys the history of absinthe from earliest days right up to the present, with a particular focus on its glittering heyday in Belle Epoque France. Hundreds of full colour illustrations document every aspect of the drink - its distillation and production, the grande marques that distributed it, the bars and cafés that served it, the patrons - men and women, rich and poor, soldiers and politicians, poets, artists, lovers and boulevardiers - who drank it. Special sections describe the various drinking rituals in exhaustive detail, others deal with absinthes popularity and spread in the USA, its alleged "secondary effects" and the disputed syndrome of absinthism, the hard fought and ultimately successful campaign to ban it in France, Switzerland and elsewhere, and 80 years later, its modern renaissance at the dawn of the 21st century.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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