The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
February 28, 2014

The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks

The Drunken Botanist

The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks
by Amy Stewart

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.

Amy Stewart is the award-winning author of six books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world, including four New York Times bestsellers: The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Bugs, Wicked Plants, and Flower Confidential. She has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many other newspapers and magazines, and has appeared frequently on National Public Radio, CBS Sunday Morning, and–just once–on TLC’s Cake Boss. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the American Horticulture Society’s Book Award, and a California Horticultural Society Writer’s Award. She has also given talks right here at The Arnold Arboretum, most recently on July 24, 2013 to discuss The Drunken Botanist. Highlights included a sampling of locally-crafted beverages.

In addition to her website, we encourage you to visit Amy Stewart’s author page on Amazon, and The Drunken Botanist online.
She has also embarked on an extensive speaking tour of the United States this year, so don’t miss out!

The Drunken Botanist is included in our New Books List for February 28, 2014.

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