Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol (Hardcover)
If you like your nonfiction on the fun side, I highly recommend bringing home Girly Drinks—a freewheeling history of women and alcohol from the earliest carved depictions of drinking through bartenders writing bartending guides last year. Women have been involved in the production and consumption of alcohol throughout history and around the globe, but their contributions are often relegated to sidenotes. O’Meara gathers all these brewmasters, bootleggers, and business womens’ stories together into a single, far from dry volume. Best served with a glass of your favorite beverage—it may turn out to be surprisingly 'girly.'— Ginger
*A Finalist for the Spirited Award for Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History or Spirits*
"At last, the feminist history of booze we've been waiting for " --Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist
The James Beard Award-winning history of women drinking through the ages
Strawberry daiquiris. Skinny martinis. Vodka sodas with lime. These are the cocktails that come in sleek-stemmed glasses, bright colors and fruity flavors--these are the Girly Drinks.
From the earliest days of civilization, alcohol has been at the center of social rituals and cultures worldwide. But when exactly did drinking become a gendered act? And why have bars long been considered "places for men" when, without women, they might not even exist?
With whip-smart insight and boundless curiosity, Girly Drinks unveils an entire untold history of the female distillers, drinkers and brewers who have played a vital role in the creation and consumption of alcohol, from ancient Sumerian beer goddess Ninkasi to iconic 1920s bartender Ada Coleman. Filling a crucial gap in culinary history, O'Meara dismantles the long-standing patriarchal traditions at the heart of these very drinking cultures, in the hope that readers everywhere can look to each celebrated woman in this book--and proudly have what she's having.