Waaaayyyy back in my undergrad days I Science Reuirement In "my science in by taking classes like Practical Botany and Environmental Plant Biology I know a thing or two about those things that row in dirt Conseuently I found discussions about the necessary starch levels in potatoes needed to make Michelangelo: His Epic Life good vodka at least semi interesting And now I finally know what proof means which isood therein lies a delightfully entertaining story that I shan t spoilMostly though this book just made me want a cocktail Or seven Who s in 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 you like to make exotic cocktails from pricey liueurs and liuors you could throw one hell of a party with the recipes in this book She even Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gives someardening advice s This is a reat 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 esturing 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 Making Sense of Leadership: Exploring the Five Key Roles Used by Effective Leaders greenhouse the world s most exotic botanicalarden 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 Penny Aggie Volume 2 great drinks it s a wonder there are any sober botanists at allThe only reason this didn tet five stars from me is that although I drink I don t DRINK This is heavy with various cocktail and drink recipes 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 Gandhi Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age going to be increasing The drink recipes included worked really well based on those I triedNow Iot this as an ARC from LibraryThing so the indices weren t functional and the printing was Les Innocents 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 thatoodIf you are interested in the history of booze or in cocktails or spirits in I Was A Stranger general I HIGHLY recommend this book It is not only really informative it s areat read As the subtitle says this is about the plants behind alcoholic beverages Besides the obvious candidates such as barley rapes rice agave etc that form the backbone of drinks 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 of the plants and their mutations over the centuries archeological findings supporting speculations about the origins of some favorite beverages recipes for DIY and rowing tips for would be The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States 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 mlad that I read it Horticulture in bottles Booze and botany The elixir of life the aua vitae that the plant world has iven us Every reat 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 Every Gone: The Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence and Her Father's Desperate Search for the Truth great drink starts with a plant Sake began with arain 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
Amy Stewart ´ 7 FREE DOWNLOADAn 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 "of the ANACARDIACEAE cashew nut family of plants The nuts can be stored for months in clay 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 of sharing the information The author s website wwwdrunkenbotanistcom I have been clean and sober for 8 years after 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts 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 mlad I did It s wonderful 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 Moonrise (Snowfall, going to because when it came to our attention in the museum sift shop and we both put it on our to read lists right then and there I promised I d et 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 ive that one to him while I read this one during my lunch breaks Todd reads sporadically so it will take him years to Hello, Snow! get through that which is perfect because my lunch break reading only happens in summer and fall and Iet distracted a lot and it often takes me than a year to A Little Dinner Before the Play 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 soing to be a Mastering the Art of Saying No Without Feeling Guilty: Tips, Techniques and Strategies great time for us It will not be areat 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 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 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 Yuganta, The End Of An Epoch gets between 1 and 6 pages of description history fermentation process and anecdotesThere are recipes throughoutI enjoyed this areat
both because it 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 A Once a Wicked Lady: A Biography of Margaret Lockwood 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 fineift book the hardcover is attractive sturdy and well designed I Forbidden Reading gave away a copy this past ChristmasTheo to review is Margitte shttpswwwgoodreadscomreviewshow This book A Northern Line Minute: The Northern Line 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 andives comparison charts for the multiples of say violet liueurs This isn t just a Future Focus gathering of dry facts though when something is badly made Stewart tells youStewart is the other of several botany andardening books is the a founder of a Major Problems in American Urban and Suburban History: Documents and Essays 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 torab this for the signing and listen to her 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 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 A Sting in the Tale get the answer her. Red becauseirls 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 from the Angostura treeWith a delightful two color vintage style interior over fifty drink recipes rowing tips for ardeners and advice that carries Stewart's trademark wit this is the perfect Devil's Red Nickel gift forardeners and cocktail aficionados alik. ,Deal Both Because It
Ince forever most boring nerd at a party Coffee and water the only substance abuses I am uilty of Ah it just happily float substance abuses I am uilty of Ah it just happily float 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 Clubland UK: On the Door in the Rave Era 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 and fruit We had arrived at the liuor store by then and I wasesturing wildly at the shelves around us This is horticulture In all of these bottles One hundred and sixty plant species are us This is horticulture In all of these bottles One hundred and sixty plant species are 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 "selection of bottled Agave teuilana He was in the 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 John Flynn's Double Wedding Ring Step-by-Step Workbook genus and species to Bourbon Zea mays an overgrownrasssweet 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 The Book of Tapas great variety of wines from cherries apples pears c little inferior to those of foreignrowth 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 rape 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 reat drinks it s a wonder there are any sober botanists at allA Love Is A Four Letter Word greatin 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 ets 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 lassMarc Wucher an Alsatian eau de vie maker once told a reporter We distill everything except our mothers in law and if you ve ever been to Alsace 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 thousand years old were discovered in the 1950s and analyzed It did not o 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 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 video yourself 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 rown 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 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 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 The Magic of Thinking Big ground in the hot African sun it totally changes the ballame Nobody in their right mind touches those sun baked fruits The Marula fruit contains a delicious nut which is used by Afric. Istilled and they each represent a uniue cultural contribution to our A Lucid Dreamer: The Life of Peter Redgrove 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.