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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books (1 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861899262
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861899262
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Foss is a food historian and journalist. He has written for many publications including Time Out magazine, Easy Reader Newspaper and Los Angeles CityBeat, and has contributed to Food Cultures of the World Encyclopaedia (2011).

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By Evaldas on 3 May 2013
Format: Hardcover
Very good basic knowledge behind this spirit ingredient includes quite a lot of history and some foundations of some brands
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Witty, informative and a good read with a glass in one hand 1 May 2012
By Bill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I already have books on whiskey and beer, and never knew much about rum. I only recently learned that it could be savored straight like a whiskey. Up til then it was something you put into a drink, not tasted by itself. What makes this a particularly interesting read are the sections about rum history in places that I never knew made the stuff, such as India and Australia. Some of the best reading is about the very bad rum instead of the good stuff. This is a fun book that I immediately wanted to share with a friend, preferably while sharing a drink also. The author has a wry sense of humor that actually had me laughing out loud, and I re-read some chapters for a second enjoyment before going forward. Some references in the book assumed a pretty good familiarity with American and British history, but there was nothing too arcane. It's a likable book that's not just a one-time read.
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An interesting read 1 May 2012
By layyla - Published on Amazon.com
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The book was a very interesting reading experience which offers a bit of everything about you would ever want to know about rum. It covers what rum is and how it's made, the history of rum and the impact it made economically in the new world, the production of rum today, as well as offering some tempting recipes for the reader to try. It is also filled with beautiful illustrations with the author making an Alfred Hitchcock style cameo appearance in one. If you enjoy rum, you'll enjoy the book.
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Great Read 26 Dec. 2012
By Bat-Sheva Tabakman - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is super informative and very well written. Reads easily and quickly. Great for a general overview on rum.
Rum, not just for pirates any more. 11 Feb. 2015
By lyndonbrecht - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Many Americans will vaguely recall that rum had something to do with the slave trade and the Caribbean, a fading memory of some American History class. This book covers that history and much, much more. It is a fun and interesting and yet serious read.

There is in fact a substantial history with the slave trade and the sugar industry, rum beginning as a raw spirit. It was an important item in the trade of colonial New England who distilled rum from imported molasses and marketed it, sometimes as an item in what was once denoted the Triangular Trade connecting Africa, the New World plantations and New England trade.

There's more, of course. What is and is not rum is discussed. The rise of rum from a drink for the poor, for sailors and slaves to a spirit appreciated by the ruling class is examined, as well as its fall from popularity and recent rise. The book gets into branding and marketing and cultural spread. A fascinating detail is how rum has come to be made in many places--Australian rum?

Nicely illustrated and has recipes. This will interest people interested in rum, but it's also a variation of the cultural history of a food.
Yo ho ho and a bottle of? 5 Jan. 2014
By S. Jamison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great book. I really enjoyed learning the history of the spirit. If you are in the business or exploring the microdistilling business I would get this book
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