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Champagne: A Global History (The Edible Series)

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From the smash of a bottle on the side of a new ship to the pop of the cork at a New Year’s Eve party champagne signals celebration, fun, and camaraderie all over the world. Bubbly, as we affectionately call it, is a symbol of luxury and decadence and the go-to drink whenever there is an important toast. This history from Becky Sue Epstein is a celebration of the world’s m ...more
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published October 15th 2011 by Reaktion Books
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Apr 25, 2012 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: history, nonfiction, food
Another short and light Edible food history. Good as an introduction, or for people with a passing interest, but probably unsatisfactory for somebody looking for an in-depth read. There is some really good information in here, heavily condensed as it is.
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Oct 17, 2014 Tara Brabazon rated it it was amazing
This is an outstanding book, with a strong sense of place, location and locality. While terroir is a complex and often problematic term, Epstein's work offers a strong and convincing view of this concept in relation to Champagne (place and product).

The history in the French court is revealed, alongside the history of other sparkling wines around the world. There is also attention on serving, pouring, glasses and opening champagne.

This is one of the rare Reaktion Edible Series that has moved thro
Feb 13, 2013 Ashley rated it liked it
From my Cannonball Read V review...

If a wine menu has a glass of sparkling anything on it, that's probably what I will order. It doesn't matter to me if it's dinner in a nice restaurant or brunch at a diner showing the Seahawks’ game. I like sparkly wine to the exclusion of nearly all still varieties.

I'm sure that's what my sister had in mind when my birthday rolled around this year, as she gifted me this cute book on the history of Champagne, part of the Edible Series of books. Written in a ve
Kevin Kosar
Apr 18, 2012 Kevin Kosar rated it liked it
Becky Sue Epstein has done a fine thing—she has produced an authoritative and easy-to-read primer on bubbly in a mere 132 pages...(read more)
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