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Libation, A Bitter Alchemy, by Deirdre Heekin (Book Preview)

Libation, A Bitter Alchemy, by Deirdre Heekin (Book Preview)

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In Libation, a Bitter Alchemy, a series of linked personal essays, Heekin explores the curious development of her nose and palate, her intuitive education and relationship with wine and spirits, and her arduous attempts to make liqueurs and wine from the fruits of her own land in northern New England. The essays follow her as she unearths ruby-toned wines given up by the ghosts of long-gone wine makers from the red soil of Italy, her adoptive land; as she embarks on a complicated pilgrimage to the home of one of the world’s oldest cocktails, Sazerac, in Katrina-soaked New Orleans; as she attempts a midsummer crafting of a brandy made from inherited roses, the results of an old Sicilian recipe she found in a dusty bookstore in Naples.
In Libation, a Bitter Alchemy, a series of linked personal essays, Heekin explores the curious development of her nose and palate, her intuitive education and relationship with wine and spirits, and her arduous attempts to make liqueurs and wine from the fruits of her own land in northern New England. The essays follow her as she unearths ruby-toned wines given up by the ghosts of long-gone wine makers from the red soil of Italy, her adoptive land; as she embarks on a complicated pilgrimage to the home of one of the world’s oldest cocktails, Sazerac, in Katrina-soaked New Orleans; as she attempts a midsummer crafting of a brandy made from inherited roses, the results of an old Sicilian recipe she found in a dusty bookstore in Naples.

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 C el   s e a G e enE G al  l   e y.N o t f   o c o p yi  n g o d i   s t i   b  u t i   on. Q u o t  a t i   onwi   t  p emi   s si   on onl   y. UN C ORRE CTEDPR O O.
 
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Pub Date: June 2009
$25.00 US, $31.25 CAN • HC97816035808615x8256 pages
Food Lit/Wine & Spirits
National MediaAuthor TourSimultaneous publication with
In Late Winter We Ate Pears 
 
DeirdreHeekin
has been nominatedfor a PushcartPrize and is winner ofthe Italo Calvino Award for her fiction.Her food writing appears regularly in
Gastronomica: The Journal of Taste and Culture 
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"The combination of travel, thealchemy of liqueurs, and her sheer 
joie de vivre
make Heekin'sbook as delicious, intriguing, andwarming as any of the recipes shepursues." —Joseph Olshan, author of 
The Conversion
In
Libation, a Bitter Alchemy,
a series of linkedpersonal essays, Heekin explores the curious de-velopment of her nose and palate, her intuitiveeducation and relationship with wine and spirits,and her arduous attempts to make liqueurs and wine from the fruits of her own land in northernNew England. Te essays follow her as she un-earths ruby-toned wines given up by the ghostsof long-gone wine makers from the red soil of Italy, her adoptive land; as she embarks on acomplicated pilgrimage to the home of one of the world’s oldest cocktails, Sazerac, in Katrina-soaked New Orleans; as she attempts a midsum-mer crafting of a brandy made from inheritedroses, the results of an old Sicilian recipe shefound in a dusty bookstore in Naples.
 
Libation
 C el   s e a G e enE G al  l   e y.N o t f   o c o p yi  n g o d i   s t i   b  u t i   on. Q u o t  a t i   onwi   t  p emi   s si   on onl   y. UN C ORRE CTEDPR O O.

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