The Devil's Picnic

The Devil's Picnic

Around the World in Pursuit of Forbidden Fruit

Book - 2005
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the heart of vice and desire. Book jacket.
Unlike most armchair travel, riding shotgun with Grescoe isn't always comfortable. As he pursues his quarry, he looks at regional culture and repressive legislation-from the clandestine absinthe distillation in an obscure Swiss valley to the banning of poppy seed biscuits in Singapore-and throughout the meal, he calls into question the wisdom of interdiction and the motivation behind it. An investigation into the demonized and the vilified, The Devil's Picnic is a delicious journey into
Switzerland, where suicide tourists come to legally end their lives.
Crisscrossing the globe in search of illicit indulgences, Grescoe swills moonshine in Norway and eats malodorous raw milk cheese at a French farm. He hunts for criadillas-bull's testicles served in a garlicky stew-in Madrid and smuggles Cuban cigars into the United States. He chews coca leaves with indigenous people in La Paz and witnesses the same hardy leaf being transformed into cocaine in the backwoods of Bolivia. He draws the line at sipping pentobarbital sodium in Zurich,
In The Devil's Picnic, Taras Grescoe delivers a social history of prohibition as a nine-course meal. Beginning with appetizers and aperitifs and closing with dessert and digestifs, Grescoe delights in challenging the safety-conscious, the temperate...and the authorities. He takes readers on a provocative tour through the forbidden fruits of Europe, Asia, and the Americas, exploring the mystique and aura that surround some of the world's most highly sought after-and often
Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury Pub., c2005
ISBN: 1582344299 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: 641.3 GRE
Characteristics: 359 p. ; 22 cm


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Apr 16, 2015

well there are plenty of TV shows about traveling around the world and trying exotic food and drinks. The book format is not as interesting.

Mar 27, 2013

How to sell books, give a stunning title and fill with non-interesting mundane situations, leading nowheress. No references, no notes, we are expected to treat authors comments a 'truisms'. Hubris is this wrter.
We start with a norweigan alcohol (forgetting Canada's Borscht belt, or BC's particular fondness for being hyderized.-- everclear). Move on to Singapore (well, just to show a stogy country) to cigars cohibas at $65.00 a pop, cheeses, try googling casu marzu or ortolan). then onto chocolate, and pentobarbital....quite the range. Not sure of the cohesiveness ot this -- funny to start on a way to get high, move onto eating then end with self-dealth.
Anyways its different, and keeps one thinking, and googling.


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