Rum: A Global History

Author(s): Richard Foss

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'Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!' A favourite of pirates, the molasses-coloured liquid brings to mind clear blue seas and weatherbeaten sailors. But enjoyment of rum spread far beyond the scallywags of the Caribbean - Charles Dickens savoured it in punch, George Washington served it at campaign rallies, Queen Victoria sipped it in the British Navy's grog, and Kamehameha I of Hawaii drank it straight. In Rum Richard Foss tells the colourful, secret history of a spirit that not only helped spark the American Revolution but was even used as currency in Australia. This book chronicles the 500-year evolution of rum from a raw spirit concocted for slaves to a beverage savoured by connoisseurs. Rum has left its mark on religious rituals - it remains a sacramental offering among voodoo worshippers - and became part of popular songs and other cultural landmarks. Fast-paced and well written, Rum will delight any fan of Mojitos and Mai Tais.


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Richard Foss is a food historian and journalist, and has recently contributed to Food Cultures of the World Encyclopaedia (2011).

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  • : 9781861899262
  • : Reaktion Books
  • : Reaktion Books
  • : April 2012
  • : 197mm X 120mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : May 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Richard Foss
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 641.25909
  • : General Adult
  • : 128
  • : 60 illustrations, 40 in colour