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Brandy: A Global History (Edible)


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Made from distilled wine, brandy has a long, noble tradition of refined consumption, but it has also recently experienced a surge in popularity thanks to new cocktail trends. Brandy chronicles the history of this very popular spirit, traveling from medieval alchemists to present-day drink mixologists and exploring brandyandrsquo;s production and consumption from the Middle Ages to today.

Delving into brandyandrsquo;s fascinating story, Becky Sue Epstein reveals that many cultures have contributed to the history of the beverage, from the Dutch calling the drink andldquo;burnt wineandrdquo; to the Spanish colonials in Peru and California who produced the first brandies in the New World. She also explores the distillation and aging processes, and she discusses the spiritandrsquo;s many varieties, including the elegant, amber Cognac and the more overlooked Armagnac. In addition, Epstein offers advice on buying, storing, and serving brandy, while also providing recipes for both classic and new cocktails. Taken neat or mixed in a sidecar, Brandy is a tasty book for both connoisseurs and first-time drinkers to enjoy.

About the Author

Becky Sue Epstein is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, foods, and travel. She is an editor at PalatePress.com, The Tasting Panel, and Intermezzo Magazine and is the author of, among other books, Champagne: A Global History, also published by Reaktion Books. She lives in New England.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Luxury Cognacs, Alluring Brandies

1. Alchemy: From Classical Civilizations to Cognac

2. Producing Brandy: Distilling and Ageing

3. Cognac Becomes World-famous

4. Armagnac and its Noble History

5. Illustrious Brandies of Europe and the Caucasus

6. Great Spanish and Latin Brandies

7. Australia and South Africa

8. Brandy Made in America

9. Everything You Need to Know about Cognac

10. Cognac Cocktails and 21st-century Trends

11. Small-batch Brandies and Cognacs


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Product Details

Epstein, Becky Sue
Reaktion Books
Beverages - General
Cooking and Food-Bartending and Liquor
Edition Description:
Reaktion Books - Edible
Publication Date:
40 color plates, 20 halftones
7.75 x 4.75 in

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Cooking and Food » Beverages » Bartending and Liquor
Cooking and Food » Beverages » Wine » General
Cooking and Food » Beverages » Wine » Wines of the World
Cooking and Food » Beverages » Wines and Beer
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

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