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The Drunken Botanist Hardcover – Illustrated, March 19, 2013
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- Item Weight : 1.7 pounds
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1616200464
- ISBN-13 : 978-1616200466
- Product Dimensions : 6.25 x 0.94 x 8.31 inches
- Publisher : Algonquin Books; 1st Edition (March 19, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A few very minor points though:
Pg 73 "True yams are almost never sold in the U.S." No longer the case. Most ethnic groceries carry varieties of Dioscorea.
Pg 89 "Some millets are called broom-corn; the broom shape is an apt descriptor." Think broom-corn is so called because it's used to make brooms, not because of its shape.
Pg 120 Jackfruit. "When ripe, the fruit emits a foul odor from the rind.." Ripe jackfruit does not stink, but durian, which looks like a small jackfruit, certainly does.
I was a bit disappointed there is no mention of poncirus trifoliata which is hardy enough to be grown in most gardens in the US and bears a very aromatic fruit, which I'm told by a Korean, makes a good alcoholic infusion. And then there is Asimina triloba, Pawpaw, our largest native fruit, which makes a great liquor, available from at least half a dozen distilleries in the United States.
Beware: you will find a new appreciation for good gin after reading this.
What could be more fun for a gardener than to plant some things in the garden from which one can create delicious things to imbibe after a long day of weeding? My interest initially went to creating elderflower concoctions, but then I kept turning the pages and now have more ideas for plants in my garden than I know what to do with.
I love this book.
It's a wonderful gift for a gardener. Or a cocktail fanatic. Or just about anyone.
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The book that evey bartenders should have or new bartenders should get. A lot of knowledges for professionnals.
That’s exactly the kind of book I was looking for. Discovering all your liquors and spirits by the basics.