Smithsonian Magazine: One of the "Best Books About Food of 2016"
Once and for all, America learns the likely inventor of
its beloved bourbon.
Bourbon is not just alcohol -- this amber-colored drink is deeply
ingrained in American culture and tangled in American history. From
the early days of raw corn liquor to the myriad distilleries that
have proliferated around the country today, bourbon has come to
symbolize America. In Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an
American Whiskey, award-winning whiskey author Fred Minnick
traces bourbon's entire history, from the 1700s with Irish,
Scottish, and French settlers setting up stills and making
distilled spirits in the New World through today's booming
resurgence. He also lays out in expert detail the critical role
this spirit has played throughout the cultural and even political
history of the nation -- from Congress passing whiskey-protection
laws to consumers standing in long lines just for a glimpse of a
rare bottle of Pappy Van Winkle -- complemented by more than 100
illustrations and photos. And most importantly, Minnick explores
the mystery of who most likely created the sweet corn liquor we now
know as bourbon. He studies the men who've been championed as its
inventors over time -- from Daniel Boone's cousin to Baptist
minister Elijah Craig -- and, based on new research and
never-before-seen documentation, answers the question of who
deserves the credit.