Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol

Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol

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“At last, the feminist history of booze we’ve been waiting for!” —Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist

From Los Angeles Times bestselling author Mallory O’Meara comes a lively and engrossing feminist history of women drinking through the ages

Strawberry daiquiris. Skinny martinis. Vodka sodas with lime. These are the cocktails that come in sleek-stemmed glasses, bright colors and fruity flavors—these are the Girly Drinks.

From the earliest days of civilization, alcohol has been at the center of social rituals and cultures worldwide. But when exactly did drinking become a gendered act? And why have bars long been considered “places for men” when, without women, they might not even exist?

With whip-smart insight and boundless curiosity, Girly Drinks unveils an entire untold history of the female distillers, drinkers and brewers who have played a vital role in the creation and consumption of alcohol, from ancient Sumerian beer goddess Ninkasi to iconic 1920s bartender Ada Coleman. Filling a crucial gap in culinary history, O’Meara dismantles the long-standing patriarchal traditions at the heart of these very drinking cultures, in the hope that readers everywhere can look to each celebrated woman in this book—and proudly have what she’s having.

Title:Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol
ISBN:9781335282408
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    Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol Reviews

  • Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    I am not sure what I expected from this book, probably a look at how and what alcohol women have consumed over the years. Even though it is subtitled "A World History of Women and Alcohol" I guess I w...

  • Anne Bogel

    I picked this up solely because I love Mallory, her podcast Reading Glasses, and her writing voice—and it turned out to be an unexpected treat! In this fascinating, irreverent, whip-smart history, s...

  • Nenia ? I yeet my books back and forth ? Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestI was lucky enough to score an advance copy of GIRLY DRINKS, which made me super excited because, as you probably know if you follow me on so...

  • Olive Fellows (abookolive)

    Interesting information, but way too casually presented....

  • Denver Public Library

    Much like O'Meara did in her earlier The Lady from the Black Lagoon, Girly Drinks dishes the dirt, points out the facts, and gives history a dusting up to give women their due in the culture, creation...

  • Toni

    Mallory O'Meara writes a brief history of women involved in the business of alcohol, not necessarily women drinking alcohol. She does discuss a bit of that, i.e., the title, "Girly Drinks" and how tha...

  • Emily Correia

    This book has a lot of promise. The author has a really fun girlfriendy tone while telling the story, so you very quickly feel connected to her. I highly recommend reading the footnotes for more place...

  • =^.^= Janet

    Date reviewed/posted: June 9, 2021Publication date: October 19, 2021When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup and #lockdown to be in #COVID19 #soc...

  • Emma

    Girly Drinks was an entertaining and informative look at the history of women making, serving, and consuming alcohol. I had no clue that women had played such a huge role in the field of brewing. O'Me...

  • Nicole

    I loved it. Wicked informative, super quirky. Made me wanna have a drink because of historical significances :p.Thank you Mallory for an ARC of this (though I know you'll never see me thanking you <3)...