- Paperback: 100 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 29, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1452873011
- ISBN-13: 978-1452873015
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,914,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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History of Pisco in San Francisco: A Scrapbook of First Hand Accounts Paperback – September 29, 2010
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That might sound a little arcane, but it's important for any lover of historical cocktails: pisco was the drink of choice in San Francisco a century ago, and yet now so little is known about it in the US that even the recipe for Pisco Punch, once a must-drink cocktail for any visitor to the city, has been lost.
It's that kind of mystery that set Toro-Lira on a nearly decadelong hunt through old archives and newspapers and dusty manuscripts to try to discover the lost recipe (his reconstruction is inspired and delicious). That hunt turned into the magical-realist "Wings of Cherubs."
For those interested in the hard facts -- the clippings, the photos, the ships logs, and so on -- they are all collected in this book, "History of Pisco in San Francisco." It was a monumental research effort, and this volume is a gift to the rest of us who haven't the skill or the fortitude to do something like that ourselves. It goes beyond pisco to present a snapshot of SF history, and in particular the surprising Peruvian role in it.