Category Archives: drinking

Cleaning Out the Basement–Prohibition Punches

Wine is sure proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy –Benjamin Franklin It just seems hopeless when government tries to ban something that is fundamental to human culture. Of course, that doesn’t mean government won’t try … Continue reading


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CHoWline: The Rise of Tea Culture in China

This review appeared in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of CHowline, the monthly newsletter of the Culinary Historians of Washington, DC. The book is a deep and detailed look at how tea became a marker of refinement and connoisseurship in … Continue reading

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Tea Time Redux

No, knock wood, I am not close to my last meal, but I am enjoying tea (among other things) in London this week. So pleased to be deliciously crumb-covered! I’ve just decided. I want my last meal to be tea. … Continue reading

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Cookies & Beer, Together at Last

Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. –Mark Twain I doubt this is the book you’ve been waiting for, but I’ll bet there’s someone you … Continue reading

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Alcohol: A History

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 … Continue reading

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and a happy new year!

Along with champagne and indulgence, this is a day for review and resolutions. Thankfully, my 2013 was filled with travel, work, and healthy and happy friends and family. My resolutions for 2014? Work harder and happier, and pursue some moderate … Continue reading

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The Fashionable Cocktail

Cocktails and high heels seem like a potentially dangerous combination, but one that is also undeniably intoxicating. In recent years, with the resurgence of cocktail culture, a signature drink or knowing how to handle oneself at a bar, is part … Continue reading

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Biscuits and Bourbon

There’s a snap in the air–goodbye nectarines, hello apples. And tun the oven back on!  UNC Press’ Savor the South cookbook series gets to the heart of Southern cooking with books on Pecans, Tomatoes, Peaches, and Buttermilk. But they may … Continue reading

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Shaken Not Stirred, A Celebration of the Martini

If any drink deserves celebration, it’s the martini. Its crystalline simplicity has made the cocktail a cultural icon, shorthand for urbane fun and sophistication. And if you drink enough of them, you can do anything—even let Kris Kringle stay at … Continue reading

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