The Drunken Botanist

The Drunken Botanist

The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks

Audiobook CD - 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 a Dutch physician added oil of juniper to a clear spirit, believing that juniper berries would cure kidney disorders. This uncovers the enlightening botanical history and the science and chemistry of over 150 plants, flowers, trees, and fruits (and even one fungus).
Publisher: [Minneapolis, MN] : HighBridge Audio, p2013.
ISBN: 9781622311392
Branch Call Number: CDT 581.6 STEWART
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (615 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Marlo, Coleen

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BryceOdell
Nov 02, 2016

It is a good book, but I would advise against borrowing it as an audio book. There are a lot of recipes and lists that make it difficult to listen to. It would be more enjoyable to read and be able to skim over some parts.

SchroederTribe Aug 13, 2015

This book is such a delight. Having passed it in the library for the last two years I finally picked it up to read, deciding that it might be more than simply an amusingly titled oeuvre.

I am entirely disappointed that it took me so long to read this fascinating book. To say that it is simply about drinks or the plants from which those drinks are derived would be to do no justice to the beauty of this book. Politics, myth, legend, herb-lore. science, oh - and some cocktails. I've developed an entirely new appreciation for all of these things and am trying to figure out how to get some local place to do a lecture series along the lines of the book with tastings. What fun. An excerpt:

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"...and it is unusually difficult to cultivate. Like most orchids, it is an epiphyte, meaning that its roots need to be exposed to air, not soil. It climbs the trunks of trees, thriving in limbs a hundred feet above ground, and unfurls just one flower per day over a two-month period, awaiting pollination by a single species of tiny sting-less bee, Melipona beecheii. If the flower is pollinated, a pod develops over the next six to eight months. And although pods contain thousands of tiny seeds, they are incapable of germinating unless they are in the presence of a particular mycorrhizal fungus." - The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart

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