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Jul 15, 2013 — At No. 11, Amy Stewart explores the plants behind our favorite cocktails in The Drunken Botanist.
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Mar 19, 2013 — An incredible diversity of grains, herbs and fruits goes into the world's alcoholic drinks, as writer Amy Stewart explains. Her new book describes the plants behind cocktails and other boozy beverages and features drink recipes and growing instructions.
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Dec 27, 2012 — This holiday season, instead of settling for the standard martini, historian Lesley Blume suggests you reach for a taste of bygone cocktail culture. She offers tips for picking the right antique elixir, as well as the original recipe for one of Ernest Hemingway's favorites.
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Dec 30, 2010 — Punch bowls are back, but they're not filled with sugary juice and cheap booze. Drink historian David Wondrich pays homage to the "monarch of mixed drinks" in his new book, Punch: The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl.
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Jun 20, 2010 — This year has yielded a bumper crop of cookbooks for the farmers market regular. Food writer T. Susan Chang has sorted through this bounty to come up with an armload of recommendations — as well as a score of great summer recipes — for the locavore in your life.
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May 27, 2008 — Sangria is one of the great pleasures of summer entertaining; its fruity, winey buzz goes equally well with spicy dishes and cool salads. So pour a glass of Wildberry or Spanish Sangria — the recipe's on us.
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Dec 31, 2007 — You can sit at the bar at Commander's Palace in New Orleans and drink history. Order a Sazerac — it's the very first cocktail, dating back to the early 1800s, concocted by Antoine Peychaud of his own bitters and Sazerac cognac for extra zest.
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Jun 4, 2007 — What is it about new summer cookbooks? Maybe it's the way they come out in such feverish, lush abundance, at a time when the world and all its folly are slowly grinding to a halt. Peruse the season's best.
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Dec 15, 2006 — Famous writers and their drinks are inseparable, despite the price some paid for the vice. Hemingway & Bailey's Bartending Guide delves into the drinking habits of America's top writers to reveal their favorite cocktails. Steve Inskeep talks with author Mark Bailey and illustrator Edward Hemingway, the great writer's grandson.
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Nov 21, 2005 — This deck offers 50 drink recipes to go along with those from cookbooks selected by food writer Heidi Swanson in her holiday roundup.
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