Amy Stewart's Drunk Text
Mike Dronkers / Thursday, April 4, 2013 @ 8:17 p.m. /
Amy Stewart's books are naughty by nature. She's also the only way to use "best selling author" & "Eurekan" in the same sentence. Currently sitting at number eight on the New York Times' Best Seller list (Hardcover/Advice), The Drunken Botanist is Stewart's latest foray into the devilish side of nature.
Whether you prefer beer or bourbon, you're drinking plants. And these plants prove far more complicated than you might think: the humble apple has more complicated DNA than our own.
The Drunken Botanist explores over 150 flora and fungi, as well as the botanists and scientists who pioneered your favorite cocktail. From ancient farmers who domesticated yeast to present-day scientists, their stories really make you appreciate your beverage. Stewart's comprehensive research, sober and otherwise, makes for a breezy and fun read for any gardener or recreational boozehound.
Stewart spoke on KHUM today about her Google lecture, what your bartender gets wrong, party archeologists, and her upcoming presentation at the Eureka Theater (Saturday, 4/6/13, 5pm).
Keywords to listen for: fermentation archaeologist, artisanal potatoes, Hysterical Water, bisexual strawberries