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Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley, tequila from agave, rum from sugarcane, bourbon from corn. Thirsty yet? In The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol over the centuries.
Of all the extraordinary and obscure plants that have been fermented and distilled, a few are dangerous, some are downright bizarre, and one is as ancient as dinosaurs but each represents a unique cultural contribution to our global drinking traditions and our history.
This fascinating concoction of biology, chemistry, history, etymology, and mixology with more than fifty drink recipes and growing tips for gardeners will make you the most popular guest at any cocktail party."
Whisky enthusiasts all over the world look forward to the Malt Whisky Yearbook every autumn. This 15th edition is again fully revised and packed with new and up-to-date information on more than 400 whisky distilleries from all over the world. Distinguished whisky experts contribute with new features written exclusively for this new edition along with details of hundreds of whisky shops, whisky sites and new bottlings. The Independent Bottlers chapter gives you all the details about the world's most successful blenders and bottlers complete with tasting notes. A comprehensive summary of the whisky year that was and all the latest statistics is also included. Malt Whisky Yearbook 2020 includes more than 250 tasting notes describing the flavour of single malts from all working distilleries in Scotland and Japan. Finally, with more than 500 colour photographs, Malt Whisky Yearbook 2020 is as much an essential reference guide as a book to read for pleasure.
A New York Times Best Wine Book of 2018 Flawless is the first book of its kind dedicated to exploring the main causes of faults in wine. From cork taint, to volatile acidity, to off-putting aromas and flavors, all wine connoisseurs have encountered unappealing qualities in a disappointing bottle. But are all faults truly bad? Are some even desirable? Jamie Goode brings his authoritative voice to the table once again to demystify the science behind what causes a good bottle to go bad. By exposing the root causes of faults in wine, Flawless challenges us to rethink our assumptions about how wine should taste and how we can understand beauty in a glass.
China is one of the world's leading producers and consumers of liquor. In turn, alcohol infuses all aspects of China's culture, from religion and literature to business and warfare. Yet to the outside world, China's most famous spirit remains a mystery. That's about to change: baijiu, the most popular alcoholic drink in China, is now being served in cocktail bars overseas. The baijiu invasion is beginning. Drunk in China follows Derek Sandhaus' journey of discovery into the world's oldest drinking culture. He travels throughout the country and around the globe to meet with distillers, brewers, snake-oil salesmen, archeologists and ordinary drinkers. He visits production floors, karaoke parlors, hotpot joints and speakeasies. Along the way he uncovers a tradition that spans more than nine thousand years, and explores how recent economic and political developments have conspired to push Chinese alcohol beyond the nation's borders for the first time. As Chinese society becomes increasingly international, its drinking culture must also adapt to the times. But is the West ready to clink glasses with China, or will deeply rooted stereotypes prove too difficult to overcome? Far from engaging in a juvenile celebration of inebriation for its own sake, Sandhaus has aimed to examine the many ways in which alcohol has shaped Chinese society and its rituals, sometimes with disastrous consequences.
Tales of the Tea Trade looks at the world of tea from a completely new perspective.
Taking the reader on a fascinating journey directly into the lives of those who plant, pluck and process tea; going beyond the standard story of leaf to cup; this book offers readers a unique first-hand insight into the culture, ceremony, opportunities and threats surrounding an ancient art.
Closer to home, Michelle and Rob Comins offer their perspectives on how Eastern tea rituals can find a place in our increasingly busy Western lives. Beyond this, the book explores the key ingredients that separate a `good' from a `great' tea, covers ethical sourcing and shows how readers can translate and recreate tea ceremonies at home.
Chapters include The Story of Tea, The Tea Plant, The Main Types of Tea, The International Tea Industry, Tea and Health and Time for Tea.
This book stands alone in addressing tea from multiple expert perspectives, from tea farmers to ceramacists. Through sharing the stories and insights others have shared with them Michelle and Rob Comins hope to connect the reader with the world of tea and excite them to think of and buy tea in much the same way they do coffee and fine wine, making loose leaf tea a simple, everyday pleasure.
In these fascinating interviews, winemakers from the United States and abroad clarify the complex process of converting grapes into wine, with more than forty vintners candidly discussing how a combination of talent, passion, and experience shape the outcome of their individual wines. Each winemaker details their personal approach to the various steps required to convert grapes into wine. Natalie Berkowitz speaks to winemakers from different backgrounds who work in diverse wine-producing regions, including Chile, England, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, and the United States. They talk about familiar and unfamiliar grape varietals, their struggles with local terroirs, and the vagaries of Mother Nature. Some represent small family wineries with limited production while others work for corporations producing hundreds of thousands of bottles. Each individual offers rare insight into how new technologies are revolutionizing historic winemaking practices. The interviews are supplemented with personal recipes and maps of winemaking regions. An aroma wheel captures the vast array of wine's complex flavors and aromas.
The brains behind the #1 bestselling Carbs & Cals are back! This time with the perfect smoothie book for the health-concious. Featuring 80 delicious recipes, the book is beautifully presented showing detailed nutritional information for every smoothie. Whether you're on a low-calorie, high-fibre or high-protien diet, or just want to achieve your 5-a-day fruit & veg, this is the ideal smoothie book for you. FEATURES; 80 delicious smoothie recipes. Beautiful image of every smoothie. Photos of ingredients in each recipe. Values for carbs, calories, protein, fat, fibre and 5-a-day fruit & veg. 275 photos of individual ingredients so you can create your own recipes. Intro explaining the benefits of smoothies.
Whether you love prosecco, cava, cremant or champagne, the UK's love for all drinks sparkling and fizzy shows no sign of abating! Sparkling wine sales have increased by 76% in the last 5 years, and whatever your tipple, a delicious glass of fizz is no longer restricted to special anniversaries or occasions but is drunk all year round. This new book from wine expert David Zyw is sure to become the definitive guide to the best fizz available.
This is the paperback version of the hugely successful Green Kitchen Smoothies. In Green Kitchen Smoothies, bestselling authors and bloggers David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl share their favourite smoothie recipes, as well as some exciting ideas that will give you the confidence to create your own. Divided into two main sections, Simple Smoothies and Showstoppers, this is a book perfect for both smoothie enthusiasts and newbies. There are options for pre- and post-workout, bedtime and breakfast, and smoothies especially for kids (or adults) who need more greens in their diet. David and Luise also share their recipes for nut milks, juices, granola and more, which will add extra sustenance and texture to your drinks. From smoothie bowls to parfaits, milkshakes, popsicles and even desserts, this is a collection of irresistible, fun smoothies that you will love.
When most people think of the American Southwest they think of arid, windswept terrain, vast ranches framed by barbed-wire fences and scattered with grazing cattle, terraced rock formations and jagged mountain peaks towering in an array of rich, earthen reds and browns against the backdrop of radiant blue skies, and sunsets that fade these vibrant colors into a haze of pastel pinks, oranges, and purples. It's the birthplace of the American frontier, a playground for outdoor adventurers, and the inspiration for countless watercolor canvases and vivid oil-painted landscapes. Indeed, this romantic imagery has for centuries encouraged myriad settlers to migrate to the region. But few would have ever associated this rich and exciting region with wine. Yet it was in this part of the country that the first Vitis vinifera vines in the United States are said to have been planted. As early as 1598, vines were planted by Spanish Franciscan monks in New Mexico and were also planted in west Texas, all the way west to California, during the seventeenth century. However, it really wasn't until the 1970s that the modern wine industry took off. By and large it was Texas that led the pack in terms of overall growth in vineyard plantings and production in the decades that followed. But other states within the region - New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado - have also evolved, with compelling stories and promising wine industries of their own. This book is in four parts, one for each state. Texas serves as the cornerstone for this region with New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado all rapidly growing in importance. For each state Dupuy addresses eight key topics to cover the landscape of the wine industry: history, regions, climate, challenges, grapes, leading producers, leading grape growers, and the future. In addition, each state's chapters include vignettes highlighting interesting pieces of history and culture, or profiling significant wine industry personalities.
A miniature mixology reference. With this colourful, portable guide, aspiring mixologists and veteran barkeeps alike have a handy resource that satisfies all their needs. This Tiny Folio presents 100 easy-to-follow recipes for the most essential mixed drinks, from all-time favourites like the Martini and Manhattan to modern classics like the Cosmopolitan. Illustrated throughout with colour photographs and full of bartending advice and historical tidbits, this book will be an indispensable companion behind the bar or at your next cocktail party.
Richard Mayson's award-winning Port and the Douro, first published in 1999, has become a classic over the last 20 years. In this comprehensively updated fourth edition he reminds us why Port is a drink that continues to fascinate wine-lovers and win new fans. The last 45 years, since the end of the dictatorship in 1974, have seen vast transformations in the Port world, from labour-saving technology in field and cellar, to advances in sales reach, especially since Portugal's formal entry into the EU in 1986, and ongoing changes in the way the industry is managed and regulated. To begin with, Mayson provides a history of Port, from the beginnings of viticulture in Roman times to the present day. The vineyards and their vines as well as the quintas where they are cultivated are thoroughly explored, followed by an explanation of Port production, both traditional and modern. A short introduction to Port types prepares the reader for a detailed assessment of vintages from 1960-2017, some of which have been tasted afresh for this edition; notable vintages (both exceptional and poor) dating back as far as 1844 are also included. The structure of the Port trade remains in flux, and so the chapter on the shippers reflects recent changes in fortune and ownership. Douro wine, which pre-dates its fortified cousin and has seen its revival accelerate over the last 20 years, receives an entire chapter to itself. Finally, for those wishing to visit the region, there are some ideas on what to do and where to stay. Peppered throughout with anecdotes, potted biographies of those who shaped the industry and insights into quirks of the trade, this extensive and engaging guide to Port is an essential book for any wine enthusiast's library.
Lager your loaves, beer your brioche, pale ale your pretzels, dunkel your dough... just pour a pint to bake something extra special. The brew will add a unique depth of flavor to baked goods from bread to biscuits. Here are 75 fun recipes that use a variety of beers-golden ales to Belgian blondes, chocolate porters to juicy IPAs-and take baking to the next luscious level: Cream Ale Irish Soda Bread, Honey Whole Wheat Blonde Bread, and Cheese and Herb Pale Ale Bread. Each recipe includes multiple suggestions for beers, with information on how different types will taste once baked. It's also not all about the yeast; in addition to loaves and rolls that need to rise, there are easy quick breads, muffins, biscuits and scones. Featuring beautiful photography Beer Bread is the must-have book for anyone who "kneads" beer to live.
From fresh to fruity and for anything with a fizz, mix up your bubbles with this collection of classy recipes! So pop a cork and raise a glass in this bubble-tastic celebration of sparkling drinks and great times.
This book is a fully updated amalgamation of two previously published titles - Growing Vines (1972) and Wines from your Vines (1974). It is concise, yet detailed, and covers all aspects from planting the vines through cropping and vinification to enjoying the final product. The quality of English wine is constantly improving and this book will help the amateur to produce high-quality wine from home-grown grapes providing the right varieties are used and the simple rules followed.
Can't tell the difference between one whisky and another? Always wanted to knoe more? Then this is the guide for you. Filled with tastiing notes and fascinating whisky facts, this book is the fast track to becoming a whisky connoisseur.
This comforting collection of over 75 recipes for warming drinks will carry you through the cold days and darker nights of the winter. There are Soothing recipes to curl up with in front of the fire such as a Cinnamon and Clementine Hot Chocolate and Chai Tea Latte. Restorative recipes include Spiced Winter Tea - especially reviving after a long winter's walk. For a fortifying tipple try a Hot Buttered Rum or a punchy Penicillin which combines Scotch with lemon, honey and ginger - the perfect winter warmer to soothe sore throats. There are a host of festive recipes including a Gingerbread Spiced Hot Chocolate, a classic Eggnog and spiced Mulled Wine as well as cocktails such as Espresso Martinis and Festive Fizz sure to pep up any wintertime gathering.
This superb little book contains a selection of 50 gin recipes, from best-loved blends such as Gin Swizzle, Dry Martini and My Fair Lady to trendy new mixes such as Park Avenue, Arctic Summer and Lady Killer. The book's introduction outlines the history of gin and its new-found popularity amongst cocktail connoisseurs; then, there are guidelines on how to serve gin, the specialist equipment you will need and the best types of glasses to use. There are step-by-step instructions on the tricks of the trade, such as crushing ice, frosting glasses, making fruit twists, and steeping gin, as well as professional bartending tips. Each recipe explains the cocktail's history and suggests suitable garnishes. Whether you are planning a fabulous cocktail party or seeking to impress your dinner guests with a cheeky aperitif, this book will help you enjoy gin in a myriad of ways.
The concept of terroir is one of the most celebrated and controversial subjects in wine today. Most will agree that well-made wine has the capacity to express "somewhereness," a set of consistent aromatics, flavors, or textures that amount to a signature expression of place. But for every advocate there is a skeptic, and for every writer singing praises related to terroir there is a study or a detractor seeking to debunk terroir as a myth. Wine and Place examines terroir using a multitude of voices and multiple points of view-from science to literature, from winemakers to wine critics-seeking not to prove its veracity but to explore its pros, its cons, and its other aspects. This comprehensive anthology lets the reader come to one's own conclusion about terroir.
This book is universally known as the 'winemaker's bible'. Over three million beginners have been happily launched into the fascinating hobby of winemaking by successive editions of this practical guide. This completely updated ninth edition sets out in metric, imperial and American measures some 150 detailed recipes, all arranged in the months best suited for their making so that winemaking can be pursued all year round. Wines from fruit, flowers, vegetables, foliage and kits are all dealt with, and for the more advanced winemaker there are notes on making wines in bulk, showing wine and judging. First published in 1960, and with over three million copies sold since then, this book is an inspiration to all beginners in winemaking.
At the turn of the century, pharmacies in Europe and America prepared homemade tinctures, bitters, and herbal remedies mixed with alcohol for curative benefit for everything from poor digestion to the common cold. Today, trendy urban bars such as Apothke in New York, Apo Bar & Lounge in Philadelphia, and 1022 South in Tacoma, as well as "vintage" and "homegrown" cocktail aficionados, find inspiration in apothecary cocktails of old. Now you can too "Apothecary Cocktails "features 75 traditional and newly created recipes for medicinally-themed cocktails. Learn the history of the top ten apothecary liqueurs, bitters, and tonics that are enjoying resurgence at trendy bars and restaurants, including Peychaud's Bitters, Chartreuse, and Vermouth. Find out how healing herbs, flowers, and spices are being given center stage in cocktail recipes and traditional apothecary recipes and ingredients are being resurrected for taste and the faint promise of a cure. Once you've mastered the history, you can try your hand at reviving your favorites: restoratives, sedatives and toddys, digestifs, and more. Whether you're interested in the history, the recipes, or both, you'll love flipping through this beautifully presented book that delves into the world of apothecary cocktails.
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