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

by Amy Stewart

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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.
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    Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan (fyrefly98)
    fyrefly98: The Drunken Botanist focuses entirely on fermentation of various plants, while Cooked also delves into other cooking processes, but they both have a similar approach to looking at both the natural and the cultural history of the things we consume.… (more)
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    The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St Clair (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: Similarly structured, they actually arrive at a lot of the same historical reference points as they each present a portrait of human history and natural science through their own tiny lens.
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I'm not much of a drinker, but was tempted to buy everything described. Lots of recipes and fascinating facts about plants and alcohol ( )
  cspiwak | Mar 6, 2024 |
Easy to put down and then pick back up because of the lack of a narrative style. ( )
  Bodagirl | Dec 9, 2023 |
I'm on a foodie kick right now, reading books about recipes and food creation. This one was a very interesting look at the role of plants in our alcoholic beverages. Pretty much everything alcoholic thAt we drink comes from some type of plant. This book goes into detail about how the major alcoholic beverages are created and how they were discovered and the history behind them. As well as how different fruits and spices are added and used to make up our favorite concoctions. Several interesting drink recipes are included as well as directions for growing some of your own plants, and creating some liqueurs and mixers. Makes me want to take a run to Binny's!! ( )
  Jen-Lynn | Aug 1, 2022 |
Interesting to read about origins of our drinks... ( )
  Wren73 | Mar 4, 2022 |
Interesting if you love plants or booze, fascinating if you love both! =D ( )
  JorgeousJotts | Dec 3, 2021 |
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