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

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

by Amy Stewart

Algonquin Books | March 19, 2013 | Hardcover

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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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 3.27 × 2.46 × 0.37 in

Published: March 19, 2013

Publisher: Algonquin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1616200464

ISBN - 13: 9781616200466

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

by Amy Stewart

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 3.27 × 2.46 × 0.37 in

Published: March 19, 2013

Publisher: Algonquin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1616200464

ISBN - 13: 9781616200466

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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.

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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