I would recommend it as a physical book, which could be referenced or quickly reviewed when thinking about an ingredient or a type of drink to make or plant to grow.
This is a much better book thank my rating. The author does a great job with a very complete list of ingredients. It is well organized and full of interesting information. Audio is not the optimal format for this book.
I might get lost in the written version of this book and I am definitely sure I would not know how to pronounce many of the botanical names, so for that reason, hearing it is better than reading.
I have found myself laughing throughout the book. There is a lot of dry humor, so if that's your thing...
I LOVE hearing about the details and imagery in my head of all the weeds and plants of every kind being turned into a useful product. I like botany. I like chemistry. I love the combination of the two.
Con: If you want to apply the recipes you will need paper and pencil.
Say something about yourself!
Learn how people have used each and every plant, fruit, herb and tree to make spirits, but also, what are the differences between the different types of spirits.
This book is very geeky, for people who love plants, trivia and alcohol not for its flavor but its place in history and after finishing it you'll be itching to try all the things recommended here, from growing your own plants, to making your own Marraquino Cherries and wanting to destill moonshine with plants and herbs.
This book is fun, but I'll buy the hardcover version, since you'll need pen and paper ready for the recipes and I'd also would've liked some more growing tips, but overall if you're into botany, bartending or into the history of alochol, you'll love this book
New narrator. Please.
No. Absolutely not.
The content of the book is interesting, and I think the print version must me more enjoyable. A talented narrator could do wonders for any book, and this audiobook is begging for one. Ms. Marlo sounds like she's imitating Siri-only with worse pronunciation, which is a major no-no for me.
Content was so fun and cool to learn about, but there are a lot of lists and things I'd like to refer back to. If you're actually interested in retaining some of this info or the recipes she gives, I've been thinking that it's probably better to read this one rather than listen to!
I would recommend the physical version of the book, but the audiobook is one to skip.
Well done narration
Sure, but in print form
If the book is along the same line I would consider the print form but not the audio f
I didn't finish because I couldn't properly follow the text without seeing it.
I'm considering buying the print form because the information was very interesting, just that I couldn't properly follow.
Mostly read business books and YA sci-fi fluff, but I love everything in between too.
Very entertaining! Yes, it's a little A to Z-ish, but such a wonderful set of stories. The organization of the book from base spirit to liquor then herbs and finally garnishes makes the book feel like there is a strong overall narrative.
Beware that this book will make you so excited about plants and their liquors that you'll at some point feel compelled to visit the book's website and you will find that very sadly, the author has stopped updating and posting to her blog :(
But the book remains invaluable. With so many great how to's and recipes, I'm definitely buying a hard copy for my kitchen.
As for the narrator, her voice seemed a little too perfect to me, almost like the voice of the onboard navigation system in a starship.
Pronunciation was off for several technical words, but overall an entertaining book. Much more of an overview of plants and booze, rather than a historical account or a dive into plants complexities when involved with alcohol. Four stars is appropriate but generous.