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Product Details

  • Series: Reaktion Books - Edible
  • Hardcover: 167 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861899246
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861899248
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This is a fascinating little book crammed with intriguing facts and topped off with cocktail recipes with names like ‘corpse reviver.’ It makes a person very thirsty . . . for knowledge, of course.”
(Daily Telegraph)

Gin: A Global History and Vodka: A Global History are two delicious, well-mixed cocktails of history and booze. The first thing I learned from these books is alcohol’s long-lasting dual effect on society. . . . I also learned that every kind of liquor has its own story. In these handsomely bound little volumes, part of the Edible series from Reaktion Books, the authors retell the centuries-long and always fascinating stories of vodka and gin.”
(The Inquisitive Eater)

About the Author

Lesley Jacobs Solmonson is a freelance writer and cofounder of the cocktail blog 12bottlebar.com. Her writings on food, wine, and spirits have been featured in Wine Enthusiast, Gourmet, Dining Out, and C magazine.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Geraldtonjjeeper on October 6, 2012
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To think that something so seemingly innocuous and ordinary today should have such a fascinating history and have contributed so much to life and the language of today. I have bought several of this "Edible" series and hope they are all as well written and interesting as this one! Excellent!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Diane Edwards Perryman on January 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
It seems books about spirits are outdated the moment they hit the shelves, but that being said, history doesn't change, so the vast majority of this book was really helpful in understanding gin's history and production. It is an easy and interesting read with a low geek factor, so I guess it will appeal to anyone looking to learn about the spirit that refuses to die.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William C Logan Jr on June 13, 2014
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This is a nice little, short narrative history of Gin. I was just curious about this, so this size book was just what I was looking for. If you want an exhaustive history, look somewhere else. If you just want a general coverage, this is well written and does the job.
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