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

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

by Amy Stewart
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The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks by Amy Stewart

Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley, tequila from agave, rum from sugarcane, bourbon from corn. Thirsty yet? 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616200466
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 03/19/2013
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 39,368
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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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The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is full of interesting information, and very well written. Lives up to the premise of its fun, clever title. If you aren't careful, you will come away with new knowlegde to enliven your cocktail hours!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is informative and interesting. The really intense data supplied with each and every plant that is used in making alcoholic beverages shows that the author has done extensive research. When one lists the various types of a liquor or give data on what brewers use that plant or alcohol derived from that plant or how the plant is used in flavoring alcoholic brews, it simply demonstrates the quite complete investigation of the author into the fermentation process. An added bonus to the book was the inclusion of several recipes using the describe plant. A must have for wine drinkers and others who imbibe on various libations. 5 stars out of 5 here.
LittleGiantOfTexas More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most fascinating books I've read in a long time! It's extremely readable and humorous yet it is very detailed. I learned an amazing amount of information from what malting is through various distillation and fermentation processes to how various liqueurs are flavored. She tells how you can achieve the same results via home brewing, but her "don't try this at home" admonishments related to some ingredients made me laugh. I occasionally wondered why anyone would use some of the ingredients. Ms. Stewart doesn't just tell about the modern processes for producing drinkable alcohol but also gives a history of the processes for various alcoholic beverages. I will have to read this again, probably multiple times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am really enjoying this book. However, would recommend buying the print edition. The nook version won't allow the font size to change & is tiny to begin with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So much information of all liquors you will be dizzy before getting through just one of your favorite liquor types. Even has a few recipes. Absolutely beautiful book in person... much more shockingly nice to hold than the picture shows.. Still compact for a hardcover but very comfortable to hold. A handsome addition to my illustrious book collection that i would never have been satisfied without
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efm More than 1 year ago
It is amazing all the plants and seeds that are used for alcoholic purposes, easy reading despite smaller than usual text.Funny parts.
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rbiemer More than 1 year ago
I guess the book is pretty good. BUT it was not readable on my Nook HD. The text size was too small for me and was not adjustable. This is apparently a problem at the publisher's end. If this ever gets sorted, I will be happy to try it again. I have asked my local library to get a copy of the book for me.