By the Smoke and the Smell: My Search for the Rare and Sublime on the Spirits Trail

Version: Unabridged
Author: Thad Vogler
Narrator: Alexander Cendese
Genres: Cooking, Science & Technology, Travel
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: May 2018
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 9 hours, 48 minutes
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We care so much about the food we eat: how it is made, by whom, and where. Yet we are far less careful about the spirits we drink, often allowing the biggest brands with the most marketing dollars to control the narrative. In By the Smoke and the Smell, Vogler is here to set the record straight. This remarkable memoir is the first book to ask the tough questions about the booze industry: where our spirits come from, who makes them, and at what cost.

By the Smoke and the Smell is also a celebration of the people and places behind the most singular, life-changing spirits on earth. Vogler takes us to Normandy, where we drink calvados with lovable Vikings; to Cuba, a country where Vogler lived for a time, and that has so much more to offer than cigars, classic cars, and mojitos; to the jagged cliffs and crystal-clear lochs of Scotland; to Northern Ireland, Oaxaca, Armagnac, Cognac, Kentucky, and California. Alternately hilarious and heartfelt, Vogler's memoir will open your eyes to the rich world of traditional, small-scale distilling-and in the process, it will completely change the way you think about and buy spirits.

Author Details

Author Details

Vogler, Thad

Thad Vogler is the owner of Trou Normand and the James Beard Award-winning Bar Agricole in San Francisco. A global authority on craft spirits, he is consulted regularly by national and global press including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Bon Appetit, the Wall Street Journal, and more.