Amy Stewart presents The Drunken Botanist
Who: Bestselling author Amy Stewart.
What: Presenting her brilliant new book, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create The World's Great Drinks. She'll be taking questions and signing books and, rumor has it, there might even be a drink or two to taste!
When: Friday, 22 March 2013 at 7 PM.
How much: Free. Reservations are strongly recommended. Make yours by calling (925) 837-7337 today.
Where: Rakestraw Books.
Why you should care: Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley, tequila from agave, rum from sugarcane, bourbon from corn. Thirsty yet? In The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol.
Of all the extraordinary and obscure plants that have been fermented and distilled, a few are dangerous, some are downright bizarre, and one is as ancient as dinosaurs--but each represents a unique cultural contribution to our global drinking traditions and our history.
This fascinating concoction of biology, chemistry, history, etymology, and mixology -- with more than fifty drink recipes and growing tips for gardeners -- will make you the most popular guest at any cocktail party.
Amy is a wonderfully knowledgeable and entertaining speaker, it's a treat to welcome her back to Rakestraw Books. So, join us as we lift a glass in celebration of Amy Stewart and The Drunken Botanist.