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:
Mind-Altering & Poisonous Plants of the World
North American Guide to Poisonous Plants & Mushrooms
Poisonous Plants — handbook
Order Cuban ‘mojito mint’ from Richter’s, Territorial Seed
‘Redventure’ celery from seed at Territorial. Garden centers can order plants from Log House (wholesale accounts only)
‘Roman Beauty’ rosemary also available at Territorial and in the new Sunset plant collection under the name ‘Chef’s Choice.’
SPECIFIC ANOSMIA, TASTE, ETC.
From the Independent: A good general description of specific anosmia.
From NOVA: A good discussion of taste and perception.
Genetic Determinants of Cilantro Preference
Characteristic Aroma Components of the Cilantro Mimics
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
Phytochemical composition of Viola
Gentian Research Network at Rutgers
EU report on gentian as medicne
The Encyclopedia of Herbs is a good place to start. Chemistry of Spices is also useful.
Conservation of wild-harvested plants
Plantlife International: Conservation of wild-harvested botanicals.
CITES: Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
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
Sweet sorghum producers & processors (US)