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Vodka: A Global History (The Edible Series)

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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 lem ...more
Hardcover, 165 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Reaktion Books (first published April 15th 2012)
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I have to say, this is one of the best Edible books so far. The history sections were a bit on the weak side, even compared with the rest of the series. That was mostly made up for the wealth of information about the modern vodka industry, which is surprisingly (to me, a non-drinker, at least) varied and gimmick focused. It's fascinating to read about vodka that's been filtered through chips of marble, flavored with hemp seeds, or sold in bottles shaped like skulls.
This is a fun little book with lots of tidbits of information about vodka and its marketing. I am a little frustrated, though, that we don't learn a little more about vodka itself. I am left uncertain what the difference is between premium vodka and regular vodka. I understand that the the substance itself is elusive in many ways; but it is clear from some spots in the book that there are meaningful differences beyond image. I wish I knew a little more about that and a few other things that coul ...more
This was informative and totally enjoyable. I love vodka and it's clear the author does as well. It is well written and seemed well researched as well.

This series has great design, beautiful pictures, recipes and resources. Highly recommended if there's one on your favorite food or drink.
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