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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2013: Peppered with fascinating facts and well-chosen anecdotes, Amy Stewart’s brisk tour of the origin of spirits acquaints the curious cocktail fan with every conceivable ingredient. Starting with the classics (from agave to wheat), she touches on obscure sources--including a tree that dates to the dinosaur age--before delving into the herbs, spices, flowers, trees, fruits, and nuts that give the world’s greatest drinks distinctive flavors. Along the way, you’ll enjoy sidebars on bugs in booze and inspired drink recipes with backstories that make lively cocktail party conversation. LikeWicked Plants, this delightfully informative, handsome volume isn’t intended as a complete reference or DIY guide, but it will demystify and heighten your appreciation of every intoxicating plant you imbibe. --Mari Malcolm
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review by . June 01, 2013
When you think about it, alcohol is all about the plant. Whether it's the base distilled spirit or the flavorings that go into it, someone had to come up with the idea to do something with what was growing around them. The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create The World's Great Drinks by Amy Stewart is a detailed, informative, and humorous look at liquor from the perspective of a botanist. I came away with a whole lot more appreciation behind what's on the shelf at a liquor store, …
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