| 7PM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17 |
Cocktail Event | Amy Stewart: The Drunken Botanist
| Join Fine Gardening editor Amy Stewart, cofounder of GardenRant.com, for a cocktail booksigning and presentation of The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World's Great Drinks. |
Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley, tequila from agave, rum from sugarcane, bourbon from corn. Thirsty yet? In The Drunken Botanist, Stewart explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol. Of all the plants that have been fermented and distilled, a few are dangerous, some are downright bizarre, and one is as ancient as the dinosaurs. Her concoction of biology, chemistry, history, etymology, and mixology—complete with more than fifty drink recipes and growing tips for gardeners—will make you the most popular guest at cocktail parties.
COCKTAILS FOR ATTENDEES | That's right, we're serving drinks right from the pages of Amy Stewart's new book! Hope you like Primm's Ginger Beer, Vodka, and limes, because we're serving Moscow Mules!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
AMY STEWART is the award-winning author of six books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world. She has written for The New York Times and the Washington Post; appeared on NPR's Morning Edition, Good Morning America, and the PBS documentary The Botany of Desire; and lectured at Cornell, Google's mountainview campus, and botanical gardens and garden clubs nationwide. Three of her books have been New York Times bestsellers, and she is the recipent of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, an American Horticulture Society's Book Award, and a California Horticultural Society Writer's Award. Two of her books, Wicked Bugs and Wicked Plants, have been adopted into national traveling exhibits and appeared at botanical gardens and museums nationwide. A cofounder of the popular gardening blog GardenRant.com, Stewart lives in Eureka, California, where she owns an antiquarian bookstore called Eureka Books with her husband. More »