If we can learn anything from The Discovery Channel these days, it’s that America loves her moonshiners. Moonshining is a practice that dates back hundreds of years, even before prohibition. It’s given us great pieces of Americana like NASCAR racing, and also probably waaaay too many cases of alcohol-induced blindness. When you really get down to it, though, it’s an incredibly detailed and rich cultural tradition that still shapes lives in some regions of the country. Moonshine Nation: The Art of Creating Cornbread in a Bottle by Mark Spivak tells the moonshine story beautifully.
Because of that incredibly interesting history, we knew we HAD to tell you about this book. It’s always nice to know a little bit about what you’re eating and drinking, and since we post so many drinks it was right up our alley.
The book delves into the history of moonshine, from its beginnings with 18th century Scotch-Irish distillers all the way up to its status as a legal means of producing liquor in some 21st century states. Beyond that, in the second half of the book, Spivak focuses on some modern distillers, and tells the stories that we find most interesting. “Modern day moonshiners are amazing characters with compelling stories to tell,” Spivak said.The book also includes a collection of drink recipes from both old time and modern moonshiners.
One of our other FAVORITE parts of the book is that it collects stories about female moonshiners as well. With all of the talk about NASCAR, and images of Bo and Luke Duke, it’s refreshing to see that the real life Daisys were doing a lot more than wearing short shorts.
All in all, this book is a must read for any history buffs who like drinking, or any drinking buffs who like history. We DEFINITELY recommend it!