READ The Drunken Botanist The Plants that Create the World's Great Drinks Author Amy Stewart
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 family 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 from barley in the northern parts thereof from rice and apples In Japan also they prepare a strong wine from rice We in England likewise have great variety of wines from cherries apples pears c little inferior to those of foreign 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 forbid by their law the Jews and Christians keep in their taverns a liuor made of fermented raisins The Sura in the East Indies is made of the juice that flows from the cocoa tree and sailors have often been inebriated in that country with the liuors made of the 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 there are any sober botanists at allA great gin or a fine French liueur is flavored with innumerable herbs seeds and fruit some of them added during 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 fresh jalape o I structured the book around this journey from 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 if ou ve ever been to Alsace Anxiety Between Desire and the Body you know he wasn t exaggerating You can proceed in orderly fashion through the booksays the author The plants are alphabetically indexed and include all the well known beverages first and then proceed to the uncommon ones History cultural uses distillery product names It s all thereI just had an arresting moment when feces two thousandears 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 Payback youMarulas Sclerocarya birrea spp caffra a delicious African fruit is not only a highly sought after ingredient for 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 from this fruit The fruit is also popular with the animals with hilarious conseuences Just watch this videoourself a favor and watch it Even the worms have a happy moment Believe me those hangovers are REALThe author from Oregon in the USA rejects this kind of evidence I don t I ve grown up in the northern parts of South Africa and we witnessed these animals constantly Not only eating the fruit but "Stumbling Away In A Drunken Stupor In Fact When The "away in a drunken stupor In fact when the 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 for dear life until the tree uake was over It lasted only a few minutes at a time The fruit is safe for human consumption when it s dropped from the tree and picked up immediately especially after the elephants shook the trees Stored in fridges and eaten within a day it is one of the most delicious fruits 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 fruits The Marula fruit contains a delicious nut which is used by African tribes for making bread The tree forms part of the ANACARDIACEAE cashew nut family of plants The nuts can be stored for months in clay pots before it is used As children we helped the African mammas collect the fruit 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 fill of both bread nuts and non fermented fruit We knew which 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 really fascinating 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
sharing the information author s website wwwdrunkenbotanistcom This is a great book very interesting It all started when Stewart went to a liuor store with her friend We had arrived at a liuor store by then and I was gesturing wildly at the shelves around us This is horticulture In all of these bottles Suddenly we weren t in a liuor store any We were in a fantastical greenhouse the world s most exotic botanical garden the sort of strange and overgrown conservatory we only encounter in our dreams Around the world it seems there is not a tree or shrub or delicate wildflower that has not been harvested brewed and bottled Every advance in botanical exploration or horticultural science brought with it a corresponding uptick in the uality of our spirituous liuors Drunken botanists Give the role they play in creating the world s great drinks it s a wonder there are any sober botanists at allThe only reason this didn t get five stars from me is that although I drink I don t DRINK This is heavy with various cocktail and drink recipes that I have 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 British forced the colonies to buy British not French molasses for 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. .Of Sharing The Information
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O use for and will never make It also freuently takes a page here and there to explain how to grow certain plants The No 1 Car Spotter and the Car Thieves No1 Car Spotter yourself Again I m never going to do this I have no interest in gardeningHowever Stewart is fascinating she tackles every variety of plantou can think of and then goes through them species by species telling us how they became involved in becoming an alcoholic drink She includes great fascinating stories about history and historical figures that had me grinning from ear to ear I especially loved the stories about Nixon going to China and drinking mao tai so hilarious On February 21 1972 President Nixon attended a banuet in Peking to mark the beginning of Nixon s historic trip to China The ceremonial drink that night was mao tai a sorghum spirit with an alcohol content over 50% Alexander Haig had sampled the drink on an advance visit and cabled a warning that Under no repeat no circumstances should the President actually drink from his glass Nixon ignored the advice and matched his host drink for drink shuddering but saying nothing each time he took a sip Dan Rather said it tasted like liuid razor bladesA dozen or so pages later Stewart expands this story The mao tai served to President Nixon was surely the best China had to offer Prime Minister Chou En lai held a match to his glass to show the president that the spirit could be lit on fire a fact that Nixon filed away for future use In 1974 National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger told another Chinese official that the president tried to repeat the trick for his daughter when he returned home So he took out a bottle and poured it into a saucer and lit it Kissinger said but the glass bowl broke and the mao tai ran over the table and the table began to burn So Giant Steps to Change the World you nearly burned down the White HouseLOL This is just a taste Stewart has plenty of entertaining stories about alcohol and its successes and pitfalls throughout historyThe book is colorful fully illustrated and has a fun whimsical feel to itTl dr Tons of botany and a great exploration of liuors infusions and cocktails thatou will be longing to try after reading this book I loved learning about plants and alcohol and history Although the book had a lot of extra material that didn t apply to my life or interest me it was a strong and worthwhile read 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 fine gift book the hardcover is attractive sturdy and well designed I gave away a copy this past ChristmasThe go to review is Margitte shttpswwwgoodreadscomreviewshow Waaaayyyy back in my undergrad days I fulfilled my science reuirement in part by taking classes like Practical Botany and Environmental Plant Biology So I know a thing or two about those things that grow in dirt Conseuently I found discussions about the necessary starch levels in potatoes needed to make good vodka at least semi interesting And now I finally know what proof means which is "Good Therein Lies A Delightfully "therein lies a delightfully story that I shan t spoilMostly though this book just made me want a cocktail Or seven Who s in I have been clean and sober for 8 ears 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
glad I did s wonderful BrilliantI loved this book While the format is something like an encyclopedia I read it cover to cover and was sad when i reached the end the entries were that informative and well written that it was engaging than some novels I ve read recentlyI knew some of the background info but a lot was new to me And fascinating As a species we are clearly keen on fermenting anything that might be fermentableThe suggestions of ways to explore like with teuilas and liueurs were really interesting and our bar storage is going to be increasing The drink recipes included worked really well based on those I triedNow I got this as an ARC from LibraryThing so the indices weren t functional and the printing was gray scale rather than the 2 color promised in the real version Based on this though I ve ordered the real version because I think it ll be worth it I ve also ordered a couple of the author s other booksIt really is that goodIf ou are interested in the history of booze or in cocktails or spirits in general I HIGHLY recommend this book It is not only really informative it s a great read This book goes into meticulous detail in listing all the plants trees herbs nuts flowers spices and pretty much anything else that has ever been fermented and distilled to make alcohol Stewart tells how agaves are harvested what that flavor in Amaretto di Saronno is nope not almonds what kind of bugs find their way into what liuour and gives comparison charts for the multiples of say violet liueurs This isn t just a gathering of dry facts though when something is badly made Stewart tells New Erotica for Feminists Satirical Fantasies of Love Lust and Eual Pay youStewart is the other of several botany and gardening books is the a founder 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 for the signing and listen to her talk about all the research parties that went into the twoears she spent on this book It s so complete that I know I ll be taking it with me to find 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 her. Red because girls poisoned by ergot had seizures that made townspeople think they d been bewitched Then there's the tale of the thirty ear court battle that took place over the trademarking of Angostura bitters which may or may not actually contain bark from the Angostura treeWith a delightful two color vintage style interior over fifty drink recipes growing tips for gardeners and advice that carries Stewart's trademark wit this is the perfect gift for gardeners and cocktail aficionados alik. ,M Glad I Did
I was so relieved to learn that I wouldn t have to root around in emu droppings in order to enjoy a uandong cocktailAmy Stewart is sort of the Mary Roach of the plant world but not uite as funny I m of a botanist than a boozer so I was most interested in the history and folklore of the plants It s uite a revelation though to see the variety of plants that are used in alcoholic beverages If ou like to make exotic cocktails from pricey liueurs and liuors Convicts Captive Book Two you could throw one hell of a party with the recipes in this book She even gives some gardening advice soou can grow the plants The power (Novela) Version en español (Spanish Edition) you ll use inour boozy concoctions PreambleJune 2017I m buddy reading this with the victim of my attention Todd although he doesn t know it The Green Ghost and Other Stories 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 for 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 himears to get through that which is perfect because my lunch break reading only happens in summer and fall and I get distracted a lot and it often takes me than a السودان المأزق التاريخي وآفاق المستقبل year to get a book read so we ll both have ample time to finish our fascinating 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 for us It will not be a great time 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 doOneear 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 vieButI finished this one and it is the perfect lunchtime reading book It s arranged in uick essay format starting with major botanical to alchemical plants such as wheat barley rice etc and moving on to lesser known plants that have been alcoholized like angelica chamomile coffee and pepper Every plant gets between 1 and 6 pages of description history fermentation 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 know anything about it though so everything in here was super fascinating to me As the subtitle says this is about the "plants behind alcoholic beverages Besides the obvious candidates such as barley grapes rice agave etc that form the backbone of "behind alcoholic beverages Besides the obvious candidates such as barley grapes rice agave etc that form the backbone of the author also covers various flavoring agents so that we hear about vanilla and cocoa and allspice and cinchona The author is at pains to tell us that her coverage is by no means exhaustive but it is comprehensive She delves into the botany of the plants and how different species can contribute different flavors or must be
eschewed entirely due to toxicity or simply unpleasant tastes the history ofentirely due to toxicity or simply unpleasant tastes the history of plants and their mutations over the centuries archeological findings supporting speculations about the origins of some favorite beverages recipes for DIY and growing tips for would be gardenersThrough all this her writing is approachable and entertaining Another reviewer compared her to Mary Roach and I agree that s a fair comparison The book is also replete with fascinating trivia eg When Coca Cola made its ill fated switch to New Coke the Wall Street Journal reported that the economy of Madagascar nearly collapsed because of the sudden drop in demand for vanilla The company refused as always to comment on its secret formula but the inference was that the original Coke recipe called for vanilla and the new version did not It was perhaps than I ever needed or even wanted to know but I m glad that I read it 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 forever most boring nerd at a party Coffee and water the only substance abuses I am guilty of Ah it just happily float my boat How can anyone with even a passing interest in botany not be fascinated by this stuff I said Look at the ingredients Juniper That s a conifer Coriander which is of course the 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 plants from around the world tree bark and leaves "And Seeds And Flowers "seeds and flowers fruit 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 that 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. 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 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 fascinating science and chemistry of over 150 plants flowers trees and fruits and even one fungusSome of the most extraordinary and obscure plants have been fermented and