Food rules are sometimes hidden, so integral to our sense of family or culture that we’re hardly aware of them. But alcohol rules are up for constant discussion. American alcohol rules, from the Whiskey Rebellion through Prohibition and beyond are explored using National Archives holdings in a new exhibit, Spirited Republic. But if you can’t make it to DC or want a worldwide, through time view, read Alcohol: A History. Rod Phillips, a professor at Carleton University takes a 9,000 year view that explores the myths, politics, economics, religion, and morality that surround alcohol.
This review originally appeared in CHoWline, the monthly newsletter of the Culinary Historians of Washington, D.C. Even if you can’t make the meetings, our dues are ridiculously affordable and the newsletter is worth it!