Bitters: A Spirited History Of A Classic Cure-All, With Cocktails, Recipes, And Formulas

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Rated 5 out of 5 by Great read I was attracted to this book twofold because my career and healthcare choice are focused on herbalism and also because I like a good drink. The history and use of bitters in Western civilization is definitely a topic that gets skipped in traditional history. Even in university courses centered around drugs, herbs and/ or pharmacology history you don't get any information on bitters. They're often relegated into the snake oil category of wasted time and space. However, this book shines a spotlight on the history and making and use of bitters both then and now. The writing is wonderfully fluid and entertaining. The author has some pretty fun and unique stories that he has personally lived through with bitters. I think I may be inspired to make my own too! Definitely an actual good read for yourself (you'll sound smarter at parties with all of your obscure bitters factoids) or a good gift for a friend who loves alcohol, medicine or herbs. May 21, 2013
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ASSORTED Style #:26370494 Author and bitters enthusiast Brad Thomas Parsons traces the history of the world's most storied elixir, from its earliest "snake oil" days, to its near evaporation after Prohibition, to its ascension as a beloved ingredient on the contemporary bar scene. Including how-to's for home-made bitters ranging from apple to coffee-pecan, this book contains more than seventy cocktail recipes as well as a dozen bitters-infused dishes. Bitters: A Spirited History Of A Classic Cure-All, With Cocktails, Recipes, And Formulas