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 (author) Amy Stewart, Read by Coleen Marlo

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  • Publisher: Highbridge Company
  • Format: CD-Audio | 615 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 150mm x 23mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 19 March 2013
  • ISBN 10: 1622311396
  • ISBN 13: 9781622311392
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 783,704

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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."

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"Informative and enjoyable listening, especially with Coleen Marlo's lively reading." --"Library Journal"