As the publication of “Gin: A Global History” looms, I was lucky enough to be invited to speak on BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme. The episode is entitled “Gin and Botanicals”, charting the evolution of gin from its early days as genever to its modern incarnations as London Dry and various boutique varieties. I was consulted as the gin “expert” to discuss the juniper spirit in a historical context. It was great fun, and host Dan Saladino produced a fine program, which you can hear in the above link.
After several years in “production” — pitching, writing, editing, and proofing — my book “Gin: A Global History” from Reaktion Books UK is being published. “Gin” is part of the collection of food/drink histories in the much lauded Edible Series, which has been described as “food writing at its best”.
The book will be available in bookstores in May, but can be pre-ordered on Amazon.com right now.