Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol (Hardcover)

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What! A! Book! As an avid nonfiction reader I don't say this lightly: Girly Drinks might be one of the best written untold histories I've ever come across. O'Meara covers several centuries and nearly every continent in this sweeping history. Her tone is playful without dismissing the importance of her record-correcting work. Girly Drinks updated my understanding of numerous people, time periods, and beverage inventions. The physical copy includes relevant images and some spicy footnotes, while the audiobook is read by the author (who doesn't shy away from adding editorial inflection). It's exceptional!

— From Holly


*A Finalist for the Spirited Award for Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History or Spirits*
*A Guardian Best History and Politics Book of 2022*

"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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781335282408
ISBN-10: 1335282408
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Publication Date: October 19th, 2021
Pages: 384
Language: English