Boozehound On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits

ISBN-10: 1580082882
ISBN-13: 9781580082884
Edition: 2010
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Description: Part travelogue, part spirits history, and part recipe collection,Boozehoundis a journalistic excursion into lesser-known, forgotten, and misunderstood spirits for adventurous imbibers of liquors, bitters, and elixirs from around the world. As a  More...

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List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Publication date: 6/30/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Part travelogue, part spirits history, and part recipe collection,Boozehoundis a journalistic excursion into lesser-known, forgotten, and misunderstood spirits for adventurous imbibers of liquors, bitters, and elixirs from around the world. As a teenager, Jason Wilson pilfered shots from a dusty bottle of sambuca discovered in his parentsrs" pantry. Today, hers"s aWashington Postspirits columnist who traverses the globe to explore the origins of what we drink and the reasons behind our choices. InBoozehound, Wilson lets us tag along as he tracks unusual libations, uncovering the secrets of their flavors and sharing their fascinating histories in the process. Wilson champions Old World liquors with hard-to-define tastes-a bitter and complex Italianamari, the ancient herbs of Chartreuse-and distinctive New World spirits like Peruvian pisco while seeking out visceral experiences in tucked-away taverns and the sources of production. Hers"s the first journalist to infiltrate the Jagermeister herb room (where he furtively tried to deduce the secret 56-ingredient recipe), and he journeys to the French Alps to determine if mustachioed men in berets really handpick flowers to make elderflower liqueur. This intrepid travel narrative combines Wilsonrs"s bartending know-how with recipes and cultural analysis as it unravels the mysteries of taste, trends, terroir, and the peculiar alchemy behind the worldrs"s intoxicants.

Jason Wilson is emeritus professor of Latin American literature at the University College London. He is the author of Octavio Paz: A Study of His Poetics, An A-Z of Modern Latin American Literature in English Translation, and Buenos Aires: A Cultural and Literary Companion.  

Introduction The Booze Beat
The Ombibulous Me
Flavor and Its Discontents
Liquor Store Archaeology
Romance: They Pour It On
Bitter Is Bella
Water of Life
Terroir-Ists
Of Politics and Rum
The Angels' Share
Acknowledgments
Appendix
Index

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