The Drunken Botanist

The Drunken Botanist

The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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Every great drink starts with a plant. Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley. Gin was born from a conifer shrub when medieval physicians boiled juniper berries with wine to treat stomach pain. The Drunken Botanist uncovers the surprising botanical history and fascinating science and chemistry of over 150 plants, flowers, trees, and fruits (and even a few fungi). Some of the most extraordinary and obscure plants have been fermented and distilled, and they each represent a unique cultural contribution to global drinking traditions and our history. Molasses was an essential ingredient of American independence when outrage over a mandate to buy British rather than French molasses for New World rum-making helped kindle the American Revolution. Captain James Cook harvested the young, green tips of spruce trees to make a vitamin C-rich beer that cured his crew of scurvy--a recipe that Jane Austen enjoyed so much that she used it as a plot point in Emma. With over fifty drink recipes, growing tips for gardeners, and advice that carries Stewart's trademark wit, this is the perfect listen for gardeners and cocktail aficionados alike
Publisher: Made available through hoopla, 2013
[United States] : HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books : 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781622311408
Characteristics: data file
digital,Digital recording
1 online resource (1 audio file (10hr., 15 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Marlo, Coleen - Narrator
hoopla digital


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