I am going to have to get that, thanks!. . . So when I heard that Jacques Pepin had an autobiography out there AND that it was just released on paperback, I got it to read on the plane and while on vacation . . .
I'm about 2/3's through it and its generally good, not a great read, but entertaining.The distinctive beverage of the Western world, bourbon is Kentucky's illustrious gift to the world of spirits. Although the story of American whiskey is recorded in countless lively pages of our nation's history, the place of bourbon in the American cultural record has long awaited detailed and objective presentation. Not a recipe book or a barman's guide, but a fascinating and informative contribution to Americana, The Social History of Bourbon reflects an aspect of our national cultural identity that many have long suppressed or overlooked. Gerald Carson explores the impact of the liquor's presence during America's early development, as well as bourbon's role in some of the more dramatic events in American history, including the Whiskey Rebellion, the scandals of the Whiskey Ring, and the "whiskey forts" of the fur trade. The Social History of Bourbon is a revealing look at the role of this classic beverage in the development of American manners and culture.
I'm reading that one right now, 800 pages in. Probably my favorite book by him so far. I just hope it finishes strong.Beginning and middle were intriguing. But... couldn't wait for it to end.
I don't read much SK anymore (used to!). The last one was the kennedy/oswald one, which I liked.
Reminds me of a LONG chapter in Michener's Centennial wherein he describes in painstaking detail the geological evolution of that area of Colorado. Good book, recommended.To keep my brain less dull I'm reading the Geology and Ore Deposits of Sierra County NM, a NM Bureau of Economic Geology analysis of the state of mining in this central New Mexico County in 1931. It's fascinating to see how active the area was 80 years ago and visit the ghosts towns in the same area today. I just finished Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Astrophysics for People in A Hurry and once again I struggle to find something interesting to read.
once again I struggle to find something interesting to read.
One of interest might be Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari. It's a story about how homo sapien elevated itself from the other early proto-human species, and some of the points that it goes into provide a different perspective on how we behave today as well.Just starting The Black Swan, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. I seem to be drawn to these geeky books that analyze the phenomena around us.
I love Dune which is one of my all-time favorite SF novels and have read it numerous times. I have read all of the Dune series even though IMO they progressively decline from the greatness of the original but they are all still enjoyable in some way to me.Currently in book 3 of the Dune series, "Children of Dune". I think it's the next book that totally lost me when I was younger. We'll see. This is is doing ok for now, although I feel it doesn't have the action or suspense like the first book or two did. It's engaging enough to keep me reading it though.
The Spice must flow!
Amazing book. I read it several years ago.