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Vodka: A Global History (Hardcover)

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    Patricia Herlihy is emeritus professor of history at Brown University and the Louise Doherty Wyant Professor at Emmanuel College, Boston.

    Vodka is the most versatile of spirits. While people in Eastern Europe and the Baltic often drink it neat, swallowing it in one gulp, others use it in cocktails and mixed drinks—bloody marys, screwdrivers, white russians, and Jell-O shots—or mix it with tonic water or ginger beer to create a refreshing drink. Vodka manufacturers even infuse it with flavors ranging from lemon and strawberry to chocolate, bubble gum, and bacon. Created by distilling fermented grains, potatoes, beets, or other vegetables, this colorless, tasteless, and odorless liquor has been enjoyed by both the rich and the poor throughout its existence, but it has also endured many obstacles along its way to global popularity.

    In this book, Patricia Herlihy takes us for a ride through vodka’s history, from its mysterious origins in a Slavic country in the fourteenth century to its current transatlantic reign over Europe and North America. She reveals how it continued to flourish despite hurdles like American Prohibition and being banned in Russia on the eve of World War I. On its way to global domination, vodka became ingrained in Eastern European culture, especially in Russia, where standards in vodka production were first set. Illustrated with photographs, paintings, and graphic art, Vodka will catch the eye of any reader intrigued by how “potato juice” became an international industry.


    ISBN 9781861899293
    Genre COOKING / Beverages / Wine & Spirits
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 165
    Publisher Date 2012-05-15 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Reaktion Books
    Copyright Year 2012
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.25 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.8 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle A Global History
    Series Name Edible
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Herlihy, Patricia

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