The Drunken Botanist The Plants that Create the World's Great Drinks E–book/E–pub
Amy Stewart í 8 READD pepper Every plant gets between 1 and 6 pages of description history ermentation process and anecdotesThere are recipes throughoutI enjoyed this a great deal both because it came in bite sized pieces and because I am a plant enthusiast as well as a amateur mixologist lies I
just like making drinks i don t knowlike making drinks I don t know about it though so everything in here was super Natural Blonde fascinating to me I have been clean and soberor 8 years after going through AA This Thanksgiving I slipped and partook in a little drinking and oops There went my sobriety Since all that went down the toilet I thought I d pick up this book I m glad I did It s wonderful Horticulture in bottles Booze and botany The elixir of life the aua vitae that the plant world has given us Every great drink starts with a plant So depending on the mission one person will be interested in the content of the bottle and another might be thrilled by the botanical magic leading up to it I m one of the latter A teetotaler since orever most boring nerd at a party Coffee and water the only substance abuses I am guilty of Ah it just happily loat my boat How can anyone With Even A Passing even a passing in botany not be ascinated by this stuff I said Look at the ingredients Juniper That s a conifer Coriander which is of course the Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda fruit of a cilantro plant All gins have citrus peel in them This one has lavender buds too Gin is nothing but an alcohol extraction of all these crazy plantsrom around the world tree bark and leaves and seeds and lowers and ruit We had arrived at the liuor store by then and I was gesturing wildly at the shelves around us This is horticulture In all of these bottles One hundred and sixty plant species are covered in the book But there s thousands of course And then there s proper tonic waterproper tonic water made with actual cinchona bark and real Saccharum officinarum not s proper tonic waterproper tonic water made with actual cinchona bark and real Saccharum officinarum not artificial junkScott browsed the selection of bottled Agave teuilana He was in the habit of trekking into Mexico in search of rare agave and cactus and he d encountered many of his prized specimens coming out of the working end of a handmade Oaxacan stillThere wasn t a bottle in the store that we couldn t assign a genus and species to Bourbon Zea mays an overgrown grasssweet corn Absinthe Artemisia absinthium a much misunderstood Mediterranean herb Polish vodka Solanum tuberosum a nightshade which is a weird amily of plants if there ever was one Beer Humulus lupuluscommon hop or hop a sticky climbing vine that happens to be a close cousin to cannabisIn China they make their wine rom barley in the northern parts thereof If My Love Were a Fire Truck: A Daddy's Love Song from rice and apples In Japan also they prepare a strong winerom rice We in England likewise have great variety of wines Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-The-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford from cherries apples pears c little inferior to those oforeign growth In Brazil and elsewhere they make strong wine of water and sugarcane and in Barbadoes they have many liuors unknown to us Among the Turks where wine of the grape is Ready for Summer forbid by their law the Jews and Christians keep in their taverns a liuor made ofermented raisins The Sura in the East Indies is made of the juice that Cyberselfish A Critical Romp Through The Terribly Libertarian Culture Of High Tech flowsrom the cocoa tree and sailors have often been inebriated in that country with the liuors made of the A coerência textual fermented juices obtain d by the incision of vegetablesDrunken botanists Given the role they play in creating the world s great drinks it s a wonder ther. Istilled and they each represent a uniue cultural contribution to our global drinking traditions and our history Molasses was an essential ingredient in American independence when the Britishorced the colonies to buy British not French molasses or their New World rum making the settlers outrage kindled the American Revolution Rye which turns up in countless spirits is vulnerable to ergot which contains a precursor to LSD and some historians have speculated that the Salem witch trials occur. This book goes into meticulous detail in listing all the plants trees herbs nuts Dogs Behaving Badly flowers spices and pretty much anything else that has ever beenermented and distilled to make alcohol Stewart tells how agaves are harvested what that First Year Teacher: Wit and Wisdom from Teachers Who've Been There flavor in Amaretto di Saronno is nope not almonds what kind of bugsind their way into what liuour and gives comparison charts or the multiples of say violet liueurs This isn t just a gathering of dry acts though when something is badly made Stewart tells youStewart is the other of several botany and gardening books is the a ounder of a gardening blog and has a bookstore I d read about this book here on LT so when she appeared nearby a couple of weeks ago I went to grab this or the signing and listen to I went to grab this or the signing and listen to talk about all the research parties that went into the two years she spent on this book It s so complete that I know I ll be taking it with me to ind things I never would have tried before Who hasn t looked at a bottle of something and wondered what to do with it You ll get the answer here A good book to read a bit at a time and a painless way to learn some botany Stewart writes well and her botanical vignettes are mostly entertaining There are drink recipes and liuor lore mostly lost on me though I did learn some interesting stuff about brewing beer 35 stars rounded upThis would make a ine gift book the hardcover is attractive sturdy and well designed I gave away a copy this past ChristmasThe go to review is Margitte shttpswwwgoodreadscomreviewshow PreambleJune 2017I m buddy reading this with the victim of my attention Todd although he doesn t know it yet He doesn t even know I bought this book though he did know I was going to because when it came to our attention in the museum s gift shop and we both put it on our to read lists right then and there I promised I d get us a copy There was another book in the same display in which we were also interested DIY Bitters Reviving the Forgotten Flavor A Guide to Making Your Own Bitters or Bartenders Cocktail Enthusiasts Herbalists and More and I ve purchased that as well So my plan is to give that one to him while I read this one during my lunch breaks Todd reads sporadically so it will take him years to get through that which is perfect because my lunch break reading only happens in summer and all and I get distracted a lot and it often takes me than a year to get a book read so we ll both have ample time to inish our ascinating tomes When we re done we ll swap Together we will learn all the things about making refreshing adult beverages out of plants It s going to be a great time or us It will not be a great time Space Kid for Gabe because he thinks our projects are stupid but what does he know He spends his time doing dumb nerd stuff not science nerd stuff and science nerd stuff is the best stuff to doOne year laterThis isn t a buddy read any My victim and I broke up and we re just cordial acuaintances now that s a pun because this book is about liuorI have both books I will read them by myself and wish I had someone with whom I could discuss the contentsC est la vieButIinished this one and it is the perfect lunchtime reading book It s arranged in uick essay ormat starting with major botanical to alchemical plants such as wheat barley rice uick essay ormat starting with major botanical to alchemical plants such as wheat barley rice and moving on to lesser known plants that have been alcoholized like angelica chamomile coffee an. Every great drink starts with a plant Sake began with a grain of rice Scotch emerged rom barley Gin was born rom a conifer shrub when a Dutch physician added oil of juniper to a clear spirit believing that juniper berries would cure kidney disorders The Drunken Botanist uncovers the enlightening botanical history and the Every Drop for Sale: Our Desperate Battle Over Water fascinating science and chemistry of over 150 plantslowers trees and Down We Go: Living Into the Wild Ways of Jesus fruits and even oneungusSome of the most extraordinary and obscure plants have been Reach for the Rainbow: Advanced Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse fermented and E are any sober botanists at allA great gin or aine French liueur is Troubled Waters flavored with innumerable herbs seeds andruit some of them added is lavored with innumerable herbs seeds and ruit some of them added distillation and some just before bottling And once a bottle gets to the bar a third round of plants are called into service mixers like mint lemon and if the party s at my house resh jalape o I structured the book around this journey rom mash tub and still to bottle to glassMarc Wucher an Alsatian eau de vie maker once told a reporter We distill everything except our mothers in law and everything except our mothers in law and you ve ever been to Alsace you know he wasn t exaggerating You can proceed in orderly ashion through the booksays the author The plants are alphabetically indexed and include all the well known beverages irst and then proceed to the uncommon ones History cultural uses distillery product names It s all thereI just had an arresting moment when eces two thousand years old were discovered in the 1950s and analyzed It did not go off well Ahhh it s in the bookMARULASLet s skip the skimpy info in the book here and rather share my own memories with youMarulas Sclerocarya birrea spp caffra a delicious African Owls: Birds of the Night fruit is not only a highly sought after ingredientor various liueurs beers moonshine witblits in Afrikaans also called T t T t one of the most potent moonshines on the planet A very popular liueur called Marula Cream is made Bon Bon Voyage (A Carolyn Blue Culinary Mystery, from thisruit The Bon Bon Voyage fruit is also popular with the animals with hilarious conseuences Just watch this video yourself aavor and watch it Even the worms have a happy moment Believe those hangovers are REALThe author rom Oregon in the USA rejects this kind of evidence don t I ve grown up in the northern parts of South Africa and we witnessed these animals constantly Not only eating the ruit but stumbling away in a drunken stupor In act when the word was out that elephants were at the trees we all went en masse to witness it When the elephants shook the trees the monkeys within had to cling or dear life until the tree uake was over It lasted only a ew minutes at a time The ruit is safe A Look Over My Shoulder: A Life in the Central Intelligence Agency for human consumption when it s droppedrom the tree and picked up immediately especially after the elephants shook the trees Stored in ridges and eaten within a day it is one of the most delicious ruits on the planet But left out on the ground in the hot African sun it totally changes the ball game Nobody in their right mind touches those sun baked Ravishing Ruby fruits The Marularuit contains a delicious nut which is used by African tribes or making bread The tree orms part of the ANACARDIACEAE cashew nut amily of plants The nuts can be stored or months in clay pots before it is used As children we helped the African mammas collect the ruit and harvest the nuts Huge heaps For our assistance we were awarded with the bread The bread is not only delicious but also extremely healthy As children we had our ill of both bread nuts and non Flying by the Seat of My Pants: Flight Attendant Adventures on a Wing and a Prayer fermentedruit We knew which Lincoln: An Illustrated Biography fruits to avoid and which were safe I miss it every day Humans and animals rejoice together in Marula season Back to the book It is so well researched and reallyascinating to read Not a book to rush through within a day I would rather add it to a coffee table collection to be scrolled through and absorbed slowly The author has a wonderful witty and casual way of sharing the information The author s website wwwdrunkenbotanistcom. Red because girls poisoned by ergot had seizures that made townspeople think they d been bewitched Then there's the tale of the thirty year court battle that took place over the trademarking of Angostura bitters which may or may not actually contain bark On Being Human: Reflections on Life and Living from the Angostura treeWith a delightful two color vintage style interior overifty drink recipes growing tips Frommers Irreverent Guide to Walt Disney World for gardeners and advice that carries Stewart's trademark wit this is the perfect giftor gardeners and cocktail aficionados alik.