Vodka: A Global History Edible

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Reaktion Books #ad - Vodka is the most versatile of spirits. On its way to world domination, vodka became ingrained in Eastern European culture, especially in Russia, where standards in vodka production were first set. Vodka tells the story of how a humble drink became an international industry. Vodka manufacturers even infuse it with flavours ranging from lemon and strawberry to chocolate, bubble gum and bacon.

Created by distilling fermented grains, this colourless, potatoes or other vegetables, flavourless and odourless liquor has been enjoyed by both the rich and the poor throughout its existence, but it has also endured many obstacles along its way to global popularity. This book takes us for a ride through vodka’s history, from its mysterious origins in a Slavic country in the fourteenth century to its current global popularity.

Vodka: A Global History Edible #ad - It continued to flourish despite hurdles such as American Prohibition and being banned in Russia on the eve of the First World War because of soldiers turning up for duty drunk. While people in eastern europe and the baltic often drink it neat, swallowing it in one gulp, others use it in cocktails – from the Bloody Mary to the vodka Martini – or mix it with tonic water or ginger beer to create a refreshing drink.

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Rum Edible

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Reaktion Books #ad - Rum has left its mark on religious rituals – it remains a sacramental offering among voodoo worshippers – and became part of popular songs and other cultural landmarks. In rum richard foss tells the colourful, secret history of a spirit that not only helped spark the American Revolution but was even used as currency in Australia.

This book chronicles the 500-year evolution of rum from a raw spirit concocted for slaves to a beverage savoured by connoisseurs. Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!’ A favourite of pirates, the molasses-coloured liquid brings to mind clear blue seas and weatherbeaten sailors. But enjoyment of rum spread far beyond the scallywags of the caribbean – Charles Dickens savoured it in punch, Queen Victoria sipped it in the British Navy’s grog, George Washington served it at campaign rallies, and Kamehameha I of Hawaii drank it straight.

Rum Edible #ad - Fast-paced and well written, Rum will delight any fan of Mojitos and Mai Tais.

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Gin: A Global History Edible

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Reaktion Books #ad - Gin: a global history will attract both cocktail aficionados and lovers of food history as it chronicles gin’s evolution from cheap liquor to modern alcoholic marvel. Eventually replaced by the sweetened old tom style and then by London Dry, gin was introduced to the wider world by means of the British Empire, and during the Jazz Age became a mainstay of a new drinking culture: the cocktail.

Today classic cocktails like the gimlet and the Negroni are embraced by drinkers who enjoy a new breed of modern gins, and gin has reclaimed pride of place in the world of mixology. The drink then made its way to britain, where cheap imitations laced with turpentine and other caustic fillers made it the drink of choice for poor eighteenth-century Londoners.

Gin: A Global History Edible #ad - Mother’s milk or blue ruin, dutch courage or Cuckold’s Comfort – the fanciful nicknames that gin has acquired only hint at its colourful story. The story begins with the aromatic juniper berry originally used by the Dutch to flavour the whisky-like genever.

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Whiskey: A Global History Edible

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Reaktion Books #ad - Whiskey: a global history explains how the types of whiskey – bourbon, rye, corn, Irish and Scotch – differ. Eventually, governments and industry established legal definitions of what whiskey is and how it could be made, and today’s distinctive styles of whiskey evolved. Kevin R. With a list of recommended whiskey brands and classic whiskey cocktail recipes for the thirsty reader, this book is aimed at drink and food enthusiasts and history lovers alike.

Before the twentieth century, consumers could never be sure just what was being poured in their cups – unscrupulous profiteers could distil anything into booze and pass it off as whiskey. Governments, distillers and the public have fought over whiskey as it changed from a sometimes lethal, herb-infused concoction to a high-quality, meticulously crafted liquor.

Whiskey: A Global History Edible #ad - Focusing on scotland, ireland and the usa, and explains how, contrary to popular claims, Kosar charts how the technique of distillation moved from Ancient Egypt to the British Isles, there were no ‘good old days’ of whiskey. Whiskey: poets have celebrated it, preachers have condemned it, and blood has been shed over it.

Kosar tells the story of whiskey, and its rise from obscure medieval origins to become the globally traded product that it is today.

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Vodka: How a Colorless, Odorless, Flavorless Spirit Conquered America

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Lyons Press #ad - It began as poisonous rotgut in medieval russia—ivan the Terrible liked it, Peter the Great loved it—but this grain alcohol “without distinctive character, aroma, taste, or color” has become our uncontested king of spirits. Over a th.

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Tequila: A Global History Edible

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Reaktion Books #ad - Since its beginnings as pulque, a drink created by the Mayans, Olmecs, and Aztecs from the fermented sap of the agave plant, tequila has grown in popularity, and is now consumed in bars and homes worldwide. With quotes from tequila makers, drinkers and growers, as well as illustrations from farms and stills across Mexico, tracking its evolution from a cheap spirit associated with binge drinking, Williams relates the beginnings of tequila and how it was introduced into the global market, to a complex drink savoured by connoisseurs today.

In tequila ian Williams presents a lively history of this unusual liquor. Containing recipes for tequila-based cocktails, tasting and serving tequila, storing, as well as advice on buying, Tequila: A Global History is the perfect companion for any aficionado of alcohol, as well as anyone wanting to know more about the history of a unique beverage.

Tequila: A Global History Edible #ad - Just like the grapes used to produce champagne must be grown in the Champagne region of France, and certain regions in the states of Nayarit, tequila can only be made from the Blue Agave found in the state of Jalisco, Guanajuato, Michoacan and Tamaulipas. There are few places on earth besides mexico that have the climate to grow the agave plant – necessary for producing tequila – and even fewer that have the patience to wait the 10 years required before the plant becomes usable.

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Brandy: A Global History Edible

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Reaktion Books #ad - Cognac – an illustrious and elegant amber brandy – is currently one of the most fashionable components of high-end mixed drinks, consumed in the world’s coolest bars. Many cultures have played a part in the history of the beverage, from the Dutch who made brandewijn or ‘burnt wine’ to the Spanish colonials in Peru and California who produced the first brandies in the New World.

Brandy takes readers on a journey from the alchemists of the Middle Ages to present-day mixology hotspots, chronicling the history of the drink and the beautiful locations in which it is produced. Long associated with refined taste and sophisticated consumption, today it has taken on a new life in the world of mixology.

Brandy: A Global History Edible #ad - An aromatic spirit made from distilled wine and produced around the globe, brandy is a spirit loved by many. For those inclined to imbibe, the book offers advice on buying, storing and serving brandy, and features classic and new cocktail recipes for both connoisseurs and first-time drinkers to enjoy.

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Coffee: A Global History Edible

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Reaktion Books #ad - In coffee: a global history, jonathan Morris explains how the world acquired a taste for coffee, yet why coffee tastes so different throughout the world. Morris discusses who drank coffee, as well as why and where, how it was prepared and what it tasted like. He also analyses the businesses behind coffee – the brokers, roasters and machine manufacturers – and dissects the geopolitics linking producers to consumers.

Coffee is a global beverage: it is grown commercially on four continents, and consumed enthusiastically in all seven. He identifies the regions and ways in which coffee was grown, who worked the farms and who owned them, and how the beans were processed, traded and transported. There is even an Italian espresso machine on the International Space Station.

Coffee: A Global History Edible #ad - Written in an engaging style and featuring wonderful recipes, stories and facts, this book will fascinate foodies, food historians and the many people who regard the humble coffee bean as a staple of modern life. Coffee’s journey has taken it from the forests of ethiopia to the fincas of Latin America, from Ottoman coffee houses to ‘Third Wave’ cafés, and from the simple coffee pot to the capsule machine.

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Cocktails: A Global History The Edible Series

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Reaktion Books #ad - Created in the united states around 1806, they quickly spilled over into all corners of the globe. Carlin describes how cocktails have influenced society around the world, and explores the new breed of cocktails currently being fashioned by artisanal mixologists. Featuring many tempting recipes, cocktails: A Global History will appeal to anyone who enjoys a cocktail or is interested in how some of our most popular drinks were invented and travelled around the globe.

. From singapore to new York, Rio to Bangkok, Joseph M. Cocktails are the most American of alcoholic beverages, and at the same time the most international of drinks. After ice began to be mechanically harvested and sold, cocktail hors d’oeuvres, the modern cocktail was born; and with it cocktail parties, cocktail dresses, and mixers such as soda water invented, cocktail napkins and the Molotov cocktail.

Cocktails: A Global History The Edible Series #ad - The cocktail’s ancestor, punch, arrived from the British colonies and became a mainstay of taverns and entertaining at home in the eighteenth century.

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Wine: A Global History Edible

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Reaktion Books #ad - The origins of wine go back to the origins of modern man, and the development and significance of this heady drink are intertwined with the roots of civilization itself. Wine: a global history traces the long history of the most wondrous, complex, mysterious and magical of the world’s beverages. Today, the grape vine is cultivated all around the globe, and a profusion of wines are produced and widely available.

From the transcaucasus some 8, on to the distant lands of australia and new zealand and now to the burgeoning economies of India and China, Wine tells a rich story, 000 years ago; across the Mediterranean Sea and spreading throughout Europe with Classical Civilisation, to the New World with the Conquistadors, the story of our species itself.

Wine: A Global History Edible #ad - This engaging book chronicles the domestication of the wild grape vine Vitis vinifera sativa and the systematic cultivation of its fruit, almost uniquely suited to being fermented into an alcoholic drink, which can be stored to mature and improve with age.

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Moonshine: A Global History Edible

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Reaktion Books #ad - College students in the developed world drink it; so do day labourers in the world’s poorest slums and villages. Kevin R. No matter where you go on earth, there is moonshine. All moonshine has two characteristics: it is highly alcoholic, and it is illegal. It has been made from just about every imaginable foodstuff: grapes, grain, raw sugar, tree bark, horse milk and more.

Kosar tells the colourful history of moonshine with characters that range from crusading lawmen, earnest farmers and clever tinkerers, to vicious smugglers and ruthless gangsters; from pontificating poets and sneaky swamp-rats, to adolescents looking for a thrill.

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