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"A great primer. . . . If you're new to the
natural/organic/biodynamic wine debates, Authentic Wine is the
place to start."--Huffington Post
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."
"Yeoward's passion... is infectious and a cocktail party with the proper stuff should be on everyone's agenda... A deliciously glamorous book." The Field Magazine Join William Yeoward on his journey through London's most stunning bars as he shares his passion for exquisite drinks and glamorous living in this, his compendium of iconic and signature recipes by some of the world's most acclaimed bartenders. In Glamorous Cocktails, William visits five of his favourite bars and chooses their trademark cocktails, including genius tips from their world-class bartenders. William also shares his own thoughts on making cocktails and, importantly, how to present them. As someone who is not only passionate about cocktails but also about crystal, he has the perfect knowledge and "eye" to advise and inspire. As William says, 'Cocktails come in such a huge variety that there's something for everyone and for every possible occasion - a birthday celebration, an anniversary, a first date, the closure of a deal or a surreptitious flirt.' These cocktails cover a wide range - some are short, others are long, and a few contain no alcohol, but two things are common to all: they are delicious - and extremely glamorous.
The craft of making moonshine-an unaged white whiskey, often made and consumed outside legal parameters-nearly went extinct in the late twentieth century as law enforcement cracked down on illicit producers, and cheaper, lawful alcohol became readily available. Yet the twenty-first century has witnessed a resurgence of artisanal distilling, as both connoisseurs and those reconnecting with their heritage have created a vibrant new culture of moonshine. While not limited to Appalachia, moonshine is often entwined with the region in popular understandings. The first interdisciplinary examination of the legal moonshine industry, Modern Moonshine probes the causes and impact of the so-called moonshine revival. What does the moonshine revival tell us about our national culture? How does it shape the image of Appalachia and rural America? Focusing mostly on southern Appalachia, the book's eleven essays chronicle such popular figures as Popcorn Sutton and explore how and why distillers promote their product as "traditional" and "authentic." This edited collection draws from scholars across the disciplines of anthropology, history, geography, and sociology to make sense of the legal, social, and historical shifts behind contemporary production and consumption of moonshine, and offers a fresh perspective on an enduring topic of Appalachian myth and reality.
First published in 1987 and long out of print, this collection of Auberon Waugh's writings while wine correspondent at various times for Tatler, the Spectator and Harper's and Queen is now considered a classic text by a new generation of wine writers and connoisseurs. Waugh On Wine is riddled with his legendary wit: `...hosts that skimp on their wine should be exposed, ridiculed and humiliated'. On aperitifs he wrote, `The general effect of cocktails is to anesthetise the brain, drive out the worries and preoccupations of the day and prepare men and women for each other's company.' On smoking cannabis: `For those readers that are still old-fashioned enough to smoke pot, the only wine I ever found that went well with it was Deinhart's Hochheimer Konigin Victoria Beng Riesling Kabinett.' The best way to enjoy this cornucopia of delight is to settle into a comfy chair, pour a glass of your favourite vintage and enjoy a master stylist at the top of his game.
Whisky enthusiasts all over the world look forward to the Malt Whisky Yearbook every autumn. This 12th 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 2017 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 2017 is as much an essential reference guide as a book to read for pleasure.
We're in the middle of a Gin Craze. Scarcely a day goes by without an established brand offering a fresh take on their established styles or, more likely, a new boutique distillery opening its doors - where gin is de rigueur. From Adnams to Zuidam; Beefeater to Bombay and London to Plymouth (and beyond) this new book from a best-selling drinks writer is the authoritative guide to the world of gin, and the first book to explore the explosion of innovative gin brands and the artisanal distillers that are reinventing this most English of drinks. With serious gin bars stocking well over 300 brands and adding still more, how do you choose? Is Edinburgh Gin a style, or just a brand name? Can a rose-flower and cucumber infusion properly be called gin? Can gin be aged in wood or does that just make it a strange tasting young whisky? And what tonic to choose, and why? In his inimitable style, best-selling drinks writer Ian Buxton will lead readers through the great gin trap with his latest no-nonsense guide to 101 Gins.
Very effective at boosting health, and a great substitute for a sugar-loaded snack, juices can have a fast and positive impact on vitality and mood. As fresh produce retains most of its vitamins, minerals, enzymes and plant chemicals that are usually killed off by heat in cooking processes, juicing is a great way to absorb nutrients, helping to protect against cardiovascular problems and inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Juicing also fights food intolerances, removing wheat and dairy products from the system and does wonders for bloated stomachs. Children especially will enjoy the bright colours and fresh tastes and will never know there are vegetables hidden among their favourite fruits.
Scotland's gin scene is thriving: a clan of distillers are creating passionately conceived and beautifully crafted gins, using the finest of locally sourced ingredients. We tell the stories of the spirits, where Scotland's gin industry has come from and where it's going. * The gardener who found his flowers make gin that changes colour. * The farmer who started distilling as a way to use up his wonky potatoes. * The gin distilled beneath Edinburgh's pavements. * The whisky distiller who created a gin with the botanicals on its island doorstep. Gins from crofts, towns, herb gardens and even an old vet school, we list the best of Scotland's distilleries and their signature gins.
People say happiness and health starts in the gut and studies have shown this to be true. The health of the gut is linked to alleviating stress and anxiety, reducing skin problems, boosting the immune system and more. In addition to keeping a healthy diet and being active, you can aid your gut health by consuming probiotic foods and drinks by way of fermentation. What are probiotics? Probiotics are live cultures and bacteria that help keep the gut healthy.
Probiotic drinks such as kombucha and kefirs are becoming ever more popular in the world of health drinks, coming in very close to cold-pressed juices and smoothies. Lesser known probiotic drinks like beetroot kvass, jun and tepache all have the same fermented goodness, not to mention the delight they bring to the taste buds. Some fermentations require the aid of living cultures like grains and scobys while others ferment all on their own these are called wild fermentations. Each fermentation requires a little tending and care, but nothing more than five minutes of your day.
This book is divided into five chapters exploring both fermented drinks made with cultures and wild fermented drinks. Each chapter starts with a basic recipe and instructions for the foundation drink followed by different variations based from that drink. Soon enough, the fizzy delights will tickle your taste buds, not to mention bring joy and health to your gut.
'Kit Fielding's debut is a triumph. A story told with brutal honesty, underpinned by humour, love, hope and the inestimable power of friendship.' RUTH HOGAN, author of The Keeper of Lost Things In every pub in every town unspoken stories lie beneath the surface. Each week, six women meet at The Bluebell Inn. They form an unlikely and occasionally triumphant ladies darts team. They banter and jibe, they laugh. But their hidden stories of love and loss are what, in the end, will bind them. There is Mary, full of it but cradling her dark secret; Lena - young and bold, she has made her choice; the cat woman who must return to the place of her birth before it's too late. There's Maggie, still laying out the place for her husband; and Pegs, the dark-eyed girl from the travellers' site bringing her strangeness and first love. And Katy: unappreciated. Open to an offer. They know little of each other's lives. But here they gather and weave a delicate and sustaining connection that maybe they can rely on as the crossroads on their individual paths threaten to overwhelm. With humanity and insight, Kit Fielding reveals the great love that lies at the heart of female friendship. Raw, funny and devastating, all of life can be found at the Bluebell.
From prompting a transition from hunter-gatherer to an agrarian lifestyle in ancient Mesopotamia to bankrolling Britain's imperialist conquests, strategic taxation and the regulation of beer has played a pivotal role throughout history. Beeronomics: How Beer Explains the World tells these stories, and many others, whilst also exploring the key innovations that propelled the industrialization and consolidation of the beer market. At the same time when mega-mergers in the brewing industry are creating huge transnationals selling their beer across the globe, the craft beer movement in America and Europe has brought the rich history of ancient brewing techniques to the forefront in recent years. But less talked about is the economic influence of this beverage on the world and the myriad ways it has shaped the course of history. Beeronomics covers world history through the lens of beer, exploring the common role that beer taxation has played throughout and providing context for recognizable brands and consumer trends and tastes. Beeronomics examines key developments that have moved the brewing industry forward. Its most ubiquitous ingredient, hops, was used by the Hanseatic League to establish the export dominance of Hamburg and Bremen in the sixteenth century. During the late nineteenth century, bottom-fermentation led to the spread of industrial lager beer. Industrial innovations in bottling, refrigeration, and TV advertising paved the way for the consolidation and market dominance of major macrobreweries like Anheuser Busch in America and Artois Brewery in Belgium during the twentieth century. We're now in the era of global integration- one multinational AB InBev, claims 46% of all beer profits- but there's a counterrevolution afoot of small, independent craft breweries in both America, Belgium and around the world. Beeronomics surveys these trends, giving context to why you see which brands and styles on shelves at your local supermarket or on tap at the nearby pub.
With a copy of On the House at your side, you'll be an instant bartending expert. Learn how to mix up dozens of cocktails in seconds with easy-to-follow drink recipes. Make a perfect martini or serve up an Old Fashioned--whatever your poison, these classic cocktails are sure to be a showstopper. And with recipes crafted with the beginner bartender in mind, you can mix with confidence every time. This compact edition is perfect for the budding mixologist or the forgetful bartender in your life. Trust us, with a copy of On the House at your side, you'll be an instant bartending expert.
Miami can get pretty humid this time of year ... It's probably time you put your feet up and unwound with a Golden Girls-centric cocktail. Everybody needs a stiff drink from time to time, be it alcoholic or otherwise. This irreverent book is as close as you're ever going to get to clinking glasses with Rose, Blanche, Sophia and Dorothy, the sassy foursome from The Golden Girls. More than 30 years after it first aired, The Golden Girls retains a steadily growing cult following. The show ran for seven seasons (collecting a staggering 58 Emmy nominations and 11 wins along the way), and over the years, this hit comedy about four fierce and sassy broads sharing a house in Miami charmed millions of viewers with its wit and verve. In this book, there are recipes for frozen belinis, pina coladas, coconut kisses and other gloriously silly cocktails. There's also mocktails like the non-alcoholic Bahama mama and Blanche's punch (that packs quite the punch). And, because it's The Golden Girls we're talking about here, there are some cheesecake recipes for good measure.
A booming popularity has produced endless wine selections to choose from. Our wine expert Fred Swan (WSET, CS, CWAS, CSW, FWS, IWP, WSET L3 Sake, Sud-France Wine Master) has authored the ultimate cheat sheet. Every important descriptor, wine vocabulary word, region and grape is covered so you can pin point the tastes you are searching for. Enough experience is packaged in these 6 laminated pages that you can be knowledgeable enough to swirl glasses with a wine master or sommelier at the vineyard, dinner with friends, or your own tasting party. Whether a new wine drinker or a connoisseur this reference is a must-have. 6-page laminated guide includes: How to Taste Wine Common Wine Descriptors Selecting & Buying Wines Serving Wine Food & Wine Pairing Conducting a Wine Tasting Grape Profiles Climate Regional Profiles Grape Growing Making Wine
Prepared by publisher and whisky writer Neil Wilson; and James McEwan, former master distiller of Bruichladdich, and current production director of Ardnahoe distillery on Islay; this map is fully updated for 2019 and features every distillery in production along with those that have closed since 1960. There have been whisky maps before, but this new map is the best available. In full colour (with a wealth of distillery information on the reverse) the map gives a full view of the whisky-producing regions of Scotland. The regional boundaries of these have been redrawn in an attempt to simplify this aspect of the industry. James McEwan's unique notes are incorporated on the reverse, along with a distillery directory, website addresses, cooperage notes, cask information, Landranger OS map references and some interesting distillery terms. The map shows distilleries that have visitor facilities, with their details on the rear of the map. So if your interest is purely academic, or that of an enthusiast and whisky lover, this new map will be essential for your
Over 2100 vibrant photos and lively text present an exciting array of wine memorabilia. Following a look at wine and health, with a toast to readers and a look at Bacchanalia, the book takes a four part journey from the vineyard to the wine cellar. Part one looks at various tools used in growing grapes, harvesting, and the production of wine. Tools used by coopers in barrel making, wine sampling and tasting devices, and bottling tools are covered. The next step is "Drinking Wine," in which many implements for removing corks, retrieving corks, and preserving wine are revealed. Serving devices include an extraordinary batch of cradles and caddies. In part three, promotional items revealed include statues, games, fans, tokens, signs, and office accessories. The last part is a look at a fabulous collection of wine antiques from a museum in Spain. The final step is into an 1810 wine cellar with a list of "The Necessaries always wanted in Wine and Spirit Vaults, and Gentlemens Cellars."
For as long as spirits have existed, there has been someone doing something really naughty with them: selling gin through pipes in a London back alley; standing guard on a Cornish clifftop waiting for a smuggler's signal; or dodging bombs and shrapnel running whisky in the Blitz. It is a history that is thrilling, utterly fascinating and uniquely British.; Packed full of historical recipes, from Milk Punch to a Wartime Martini, along with cocktails from contemporary bartenders, Rebellious Spirits is a treasure trove for the curious drinker.; From the gin dispensed from a cat's paw at the Puss and Mew shop which could have been the world's first vending machine, to whole funeral corteges staged just to move a coffin filled with whisky, the stories show off all the wonderful wit and ingenuity required to stay one drink ahead of the law. The accompanying recipes are just as intriguing: How did we drink gin before tonic? Was punch really made with curdled milk? Or breakfast served with brandy porridge, and gin mixed into hot ale? What did the past really taste like?
This classic book is for any really enthusiastic and ambitious home brewer - the person who wants to brew high quality 'true' beers that were long thought beyond the ability of the amateur. It brings to beginners and experts alike a simple method of 'mashing' for producing the finest flavoured beers, real ales, stouts and lagers from all-grain ingredients. It is the most advanced and comprehensive guide to mashing and brewing.
"Comprehensive...will enhance your gin appreciation" - The New York Times An A-Z compendium of everything you need to know about gin, from botanicals to the perfect G&T. Includes 20 gin cocktail recipes. Gin is the spirit of the moment, the discerning drinker's tipple of choice. But with a gin revolution currently sweeping the world, it has never been a more fascinating - and complex - subject. The Gin Dictionary is the gin-drinker's guide to this special spirit. With hundreds of entries covering everything from history, ingredients and distilling techniques to flavour notes, cocktails and the many varieties of gin around the world, award-winning gin expert David T. Smith explores the key factors behind your drink.
Bursting with Juicy motivation, Juice Yourself Slim is the new book from the No. 1 bestselling Juice Master. Containing over 50 fantastic soups, juices, salads and smoothie recipes PLUS the Life Long Rules for Success that will help you maintain your health and- the big one- keep you slim for life. Let the Juice Master help you discover delicious and simple recipes containing the ultimate super fuel for a super body and mind! Includes: The 5 Day Launch Programme Did you know a space shuttle needs 90% of its energy to launch but only 10% to keep it in flight? Jason shows how the same principle can be applied to permanent weight loss through his launch pad to a life long programme. Kick start your system and give your energy levels a super boost by following his juice, soup and smoothie plan for 5 days Juice Yourself Slim Having successfully completed the Launch programme, it's now time to take things to new juicy heights with The Life Long Rules for Success, and with Jason's motivational tips and unique juicing programme it's the perfect recipe for a permanently slim, trim and healthy mind and body. Juice Yourself Slim also contains: 10 'Souper' Slimming Fuel recipes 15 Super Juice recipes 15 Super Smoothie recipes 10 Super Slimming Salad recipes And Super Fuel on the Go- a fantastic section packed with ideas for energy boosting healthy snacks.
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