“Yo ho ho and a bottle
of rum!” A favorite of pirates, the molasses-colored liquid brings to
mind clear blue seas, weather-beaten sailors, and port cities filled
with bar wenches. But enjoyment of rum spread far beyond the scallywags
of the Caribbean—Charles Dickens savored it in punch, Thomas Jefferson
mixed it into omelets, Queen Victoria sipped it in navy grog, and the
Kamehameha Kings of Hawaii drank it straight up. In Rum,Richard
Foss tells the colorful, secret history of a spirit that not only helped
spark the American Revolution but was even used as currency in
This book chronicles the five-hundred-year evolution
of rum from a raw spirit concocted for slaves to a beverage savored by
connoisseurs. Charting the drink’s history, Foss shows how rum left its
mark on religious rituals—it remains a sacramental offering among voodoo
worshippers—and became part of popular songs and other cultural
landmarks. He also includes recipes for sweet and savory rum dishes and
obscure drinks, as well as illustrations of rum memorabilia from its
earliest days to the tiki craze of the 1950s. Fast-paced and well
written, Rum will delight any fan of mojitos and mai tais.
Boktitel: Rum. A Global History Författare: Richard Foss Bokförlag: The Edible Press
Författaren Richard Foss, här på baren Tune Inn vid Capitol Hill i Washington DC.
Richard Foss is a food historian and journalist. He has written about food and drink for publications including Time Out, Easy Reader Newspaper, and Los Angeles CityBeat. Most recently he was a contributor to Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia.