This post will only make sense to you if you were in the talk I gave at Tales of the Cocktail called The Drunken Botanist: A Preview. It was a sneak preview of my new book, coming out in March 2013, called The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks. I promised to share links to a bunch of sources, so here they are:
Handbook of Alcoholic Beverages — this new two-volume set covers a wide range of research and technical information that I referenced throughout my talk.
Poisonous Plants. (This is not a comprehensive list of every poisonous plant in the world; just the ones the FDA is keeping track of.)
Flavoring agents that can be added to food (or liquor)
Everything Added to Food in the US database
GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) database
Medicinal plants, and a great book on plant resins: see a list here.
POISON/MEDICINE PLANT BOOKS:
Poisonous Plants — handbook
SPECIFIC ANOSMIA, TASTE, ETC.
From the Independent: A good general description of specific anosmia.
From NOVA: A good discussion of taste and perception.
NPR: The Cilantro Divide
Specific Anosmia Observed for β-Ionone, but not for α-Ionone: Significance for Flavor Research
A. PLOTTO, K.W. BARNES, AND K.L. GOODNER
Handbook of Phytochemical Constituents of Gras Herbs and Other Economic Plants — Compounds found in violets
Gentian Research Network at Rutgers
EU report on gentian as medicne
Conservation of wild-harvested plants
Traffic: Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network
Senegalia senegal (Gum Arabic)
Gum arabic report from State Department
Great blog post summarizing the debate over the name change.
Near East Foundation gum arabic program.
Thesis on malting & fermentation of sorghum
SABMiller: Sorghum, cassava, local barley in Africa