Reviews for Drunken Botanist : The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks

AudioFile Reviews 2013 May
From the apples of hard cider to the lime garnish of a cocktail, plants are vital to the imbibing experience. Author Amy Stewart looks into every aspect of that connection, even providing plenty of recipes. Coleen Marco narrates the short pieces with gusto while respecting the informative nature of the material. She is delightfully entertaining as she tells listeners about the use of gunpowder to test rum and about the insects in figs and cherries, among many other topics. However, some things, like drink recipes and the variant spellings of "whiskey," may leave listeners wishing they'd bought the book in print to savor and use as a reference. Either way, this title is bound to entertain imbibers as it informs. J.A.S. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine

Library Journal Reviews 2013 August #1

Stewart (coauthor, Wicked Plants) provides listeners with an encyclopedic guide to the plants used throughout history to produce alcohol. She reviews those grains for making beers, whiskeys, and spirits; grapes that go into wines and liquors; and the herbs, spices, fruits, vegetables, flowers, trees, and fungi that enhance their flavors. The author also covers the many methods employed to distill, brew, and otherwise make alcohol. Recipes for a wide range of cocktails appear throughout. VERDICT All of this makes for informative and enjoyable listening, especially with Collen Marlo's lively reading. However, this work is probably better suited in print as a reference work. That being said, listeners wanting an excellent introduction to cocktails will find this title both enlightening and entertaining. ["This highly entertaining book will please both cocktail enthusiasts and backyard gardeners. The inclusion of rich history throughout will delight armchair historians and the naturally curious," read the starred review of the Algonquin hc, LJ 2/15/13.--Ed.]--Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ. Parkersburg Lib.

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