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The Book of Gin: A Spirited World History from Alchemists' Stills and Colonial Outposts to Gin Palaces, Bathtub Gin, and Artisanal Cocktails Hardcover – December 4, 2012
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"A myriad of interesting facts, along with social commentary and historical information... Having awakened our thirst, Barnett reminds us that after five centuries now is the best time to enjoy gin." The Scotsman (UK)
The Book of Gin is full of history that will make you grin. an enchanting read.”Cooking by the Book
"From the very beginnings of genever production, Barnett takes us on a colourful journey through gin's history and its intersection with culture: from the contention in 1310 that spirits might contain the essence of sunshine; distilled by vines into their fruits, through wars, world exploration, and global trade, to the Dutch Golden Age and the Roaring Twenties, to its current renaissance in the cocktail world. The urban, gritty tales are as entertaining as they are informative, involving intriguing characters and delving into the works of Daniel Defoe, William Hogarth, Charles Dickens and - of course - Ian Fleming's James Bond. It's rare that a book so catches our attention at Class, but this is a must-read for those who loves gin: it's not just a geeky companion for nerds, but a truly enjoyable history for anyone who likes to end the working day with a G&T." Class Magazine (UK)
Mr. Barnett takes the reader on a historic journey from the City States of Italy at the end of the Dark Ages to the gin fueled dance floors of the Stork Club and El Morocco in New York City. We get a peek into the gin revival among growing artisan distillers movement in the new millennium. If you love a classic gin martini pour yourself one and tuck into this fascinating story Oh, and make sure the gin bottle is full.”Dale Degroff, aka King Cocktail,” founder and president of The Museum of the American Cocktail, and author of The Craft of the Cocktail
Few drinks have haunted society as starkly as gin In The Book of Gin, Richard Barnett artfully charts the aromatic distillate’s unlikely path from medicine to public menace, blending references as varied as the Archidoxa of Paracelsus and Mad Men to create a nuanced portrait of the drink and its impact on humanity. The titular subject of Barnett’s book may be a distillate, but gin owes its life to the men and women who produced, promoted, consumed and condemned it, from William III to James Bond. The most lyrical of their names and stories pepper Barnett’s story like bursts of poetry.”The Times Literary Supplement
"Well-balanced and bracingly smooth, Richard Barnett's The Book of Gin is equal parts rich and intoxicating narrative mixed with an entertaining and wholly accessible era-spanning history of one of the world's most storied spirits."Brad Thomas Parsons, author of Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All
How can you not want to indulge in gin both the drink and this book for as author Richard Barnett points out, gin is a seemingly inexhaustible vehicle for myth-making and story-telling.’ From medieval alchemy to London’s notorious Gin Lane to glamorous Hollywood cocktail parties, our most able raconteur Barnett provides insight into how gin became an unabashed icon and serves as a metaphor for Western culture."Peter Krass, author of Blood & Whiskey: The Life and Times of Jack Daniel’s
"Mr. Barnett’s research is fairly astonishing. With every few turns of the page, he conjures up obscure primary sources to illustrate gin’s genealogy. Drawing from acts of Parliament, temperance tracts, Gordon’s Gin advertisements and Hollywood films, Mr. Barnett punctuates his tale with the language and imagery of the many eras of gin’s history."The Washington Times
Top Customer Reviews
This is truly a treatise worthy of a great drink. It also, for better or worse, inspires the reader to more personal research while all the time being able to justify it as seeking cures for many maladies. In parallel to the detailed history of gin, Mr. Barnett provides almost Dickensian insights into society, especially that of London and the United States. This is not a book to be skimmed, it is to be read, imbibed may I say, and relished.
I've been reading a few pages to my wife every morning after breakfast, and she loves it as well since she's more into history than I am.
The writer is very good as well, and really did his research. Some of the words in the book are really hard to pronounce when reading aloud, though, but we managed.
I love martinis, too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very entertaining and informative book for a gin lover. I enjoyed reading it and learned a lot.Published 17 months ago by William E Stewart
I got this for my brother as a Christmas present and he LOVES this kit and really enjoyed making his own gin. I and he would highly recommend!Published 20 months ago by Misty W
If your a history buff and want to know about the history of Gin then this would be a great book. If you are looking for a practical guide to producing gin I would recommend that... Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by Michael Smith
I bought this book as a gift for my husband. He loves gin and is making plans to try his hand and distilling his own. He loved this book, and it helped to inspire him even more!Published on December 21, 2013 by Meg
I found this book to be a very well researched, well written history of gin. Barnett filled the book with perfectly timed vignettes amidst the thoughtful research that clearly went... Read morePublished on September 4, 2013 by Eric
This is a well-researched and easily-read book. I consider it a useful reference on the subject, and am glad I made the purchase.Published on September 2, 2013 by A. P.