The Devil's Picnic: Travels Through the Underworld of Food and Drink

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The Devil's Picnic: Travels Through the Underworld of Food and Drink

by Taras Grescoe

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | February 8, 2007 | Trade Paperback

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The Devil’s Picnic is a feast like no other: start with an aperitif of powerful Norwegian moonshine; nibble on a French raw-milk cheese that can carry a brain-swelling bacteria; sip Bolivian coca tea and Swiss absinthe; maybe puff a Cuban cigar in a California bar. Award-winning journalist Taras Grescoe travels the world sampling these and other substances that have been legally banned and publicly demonized. As he partakes of forbidden pleasures and risks run-ins with the law, his experiences make for fascinating reading and for equally compelling meditations on personal freedom. Who decides what’s bad for us? What role do international politics play in the banning of certain substances? What will be banned next?

I guzzled absinthe in the mountains of Switzerland and saw cocaine being made out of coca leaves in the Andes. I smuggled chewing gum and pornography into Singapore and puffed on Cuban cigars in San Francisco. And I’ve brought back wicked souvenirs. —from The Devil’s Picnic

 

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.13 × 5.38 × 0.88 in

Published: February 8, 2007

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0006394825

ISBN - 13: 9780006394822

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The Devil's Picnic: Travels Through the Underworld of Food and Drink

by Taras Grescoe

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.13 × 5.38 × 0.88 in

Published: February 8, 2007

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0006394825

ISBN - 13: 9780006394822

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The Devil’s Picnic is a feast like no other: start with an aperitif of powerful Norwegian moonshine; nibble on a French raw-milk cheese that can carry a brain-swelling bacteria; sip Bolivian coca tea and Swiss absinthe; maybe puff a Cuban cigar in a California bar. Award-winning journalist Taras Grescoe travels the world sampling these and other substances that have been legally banned and publicly demonized. As he partakes of forbidden pleasures and risks run-ins with the law, his experiences make for fascinating reading and for equally compelling meditations on personal freedom. Who decides what’s bad for us? What role do international politics play in the banning of certain substances? What will be banned next?

I guzzled absinthe in the mountains of Switzerland and saw cocaine being made out of coca leaves in the Andes. I smuggled chewing gum and pornography into Singapore and puffed on Cuban cigars in San Francisco. And I’ve brought back wicked souvenirs. —from The Devil’s Picnic

 

About the Author

TARAS GRESCOE is a Montreal-based journalist who has won twoNational Magazine Awards. He is the author of The End of Elsewhere, abook about the horrors of travelling, and Sacré Blues, winner of theEdna Staebler Award, the Quebec Writers' Federation Book Award and the MavisGallant Prize for Non-Fiction.

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