Absinthe - The Exquisite Elixir
International in scope, Absinthe: The Exquisite Elixir is both a visually rich journey into an alluring subculture and a comprehensive guide that explains and illustrates the history, culture, and mystique of the drink known as the Green Fairy.
The authors explore absinthe's controversy and effects through the storeis of famous connoisseurs, including Vincent van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway, and Pablo Picasso, and share recipes, reviews of existing Absinthe brands, and insight into absinthe's contemporary culture and ritual.
About the authors. . . .
Betina J. Wittels, creator of the website www.allthingsabsinthe.com, was one of the first people to formally introduce absinthe antiques into the United States more than twenty years ago. Passionate for life, she is willing to turn over any boulder of slip into any barrio to uncover a rare spoon or a bottle of vintage absinthe.
T. A. Breaux is a native New Orleanian and research scientist who has dedicated more than twenty years of reseach toward resolving the mysteries and myths associated with absinthe. His work led to the founding of Jade Liqueurs, and he helped lead the effort to lift the nearly 100-year ban of absinthe both in the United States and France.