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Whiskey: A Global History (Reaktion Books - Edible)

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A Manhattan or a Sazerac; neat, on the rocks, or with a splash of soda—no matter how its served up, whiskey is synonymous with the poets inspiration and the devils spirit. Be it bourbon, rye, corn, Irish, or Scotch, whiskey has an infamous and celebrated history from a sometimes lethal, herb-infused concoction to a high-quality, meticulously crafted liquor.

            In Whiskey, Kevin R. Kosar delivers an informative, concise narrative of the drinks history, from its obscure medieval origins to the globally traded product that it is today. Focusing on three nations—Scotland, Ireland, and America—Kosar charts how the technique of distillation moved from ancient Egypt to the British Isles. Contrary to popular claims, there were no good old days of whiskey: before the twentieth century, consumers could never be sure just what was being poured in their cup—unscrupulous profiteers could distill anything into booze and pawn it off as whiskey. Eventually, government and industry established legal definitions of what whiskey is and how it could be made, allowing for the distinctive styles of whiskey known today.

Whiskey explains what whiskey is, how it is made, and how the types of whiskey differ. With a list of suggested brands and classic cocktail recipes for the thirsty reader, this book is perfect for drink and food enthusiasts and history lovers alike.

About the Author

Kevin R. Kosar is the founder of AlcoholReviews.com. His writings on alcoholic beverages have appeared in American.com, the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, the New York Press and the New York Hangover.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Origins: From Seed to Spirit

2. Early History

3. Whisky in Scotland

4. Whiskey in Ireland

5. Whiskey in the USA

6. The Twenty-first Century Whiskey World

Recipes

Some Widely Available, Recommended Brands

Select Bibliography

Websites and Associations

Acknowledgements

Photo Acknowledgements

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861897800
Author:
Kosar, Kevin R.
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Subject:
History
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Wines of the World
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Reaktion Books - Edible
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 color plates, 20 halftones
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7.75 x 4.75 in

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