A Global History
Distributed for Reaktion Books
A Global History
Mother’s Milk, Mother’s Ruin, and Ladies’ Delight. Dutch Courage and Cuckold’s Comfort. These evocative nicknames for gin hint that it has a far livelier history than the simple and classic martini would lead you to believe. In this book, Lesley Jacobs Solmonson journeys into gin’s past, revealing that this spirit has played the role of both hero and villain throughout history.
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167 pages | 40 color plates, 20 halftones | 4 3/4 x 7 3/4 | © 2012
“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.”
“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
Table of Contents
1. Gin’s Medicinal Origins
2. Genever in the Low Countries
3. Gin in Britain: Colonialism, Gin Palaces, London Dry
5. Gin in America
6. Gin’s Renaissance
Appendix: A Selection of Gins Today
Websites and Associations
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