Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 12 Oct 2018

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It's hard to keep good stuff down! It was only a matter of time before prohibition ended on it and it became a viable product (much like pot!) I've had the illegal drink on several occasions over my lifetime and while I think it can remove wallpaper, I also think it was thrilling to drink a historical beverage. And one so well fought for! Kudos to those bootleggers of vintage and current! This book is a fun, quick, and interesting read for anyone who enjoys their alcohol (responsible, I should hope..). The historical record is all here, and fascinating, as are all the delicious  drinking to be made using the white lightning! This would make a fine gift for a connoisseur of moonshine!
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I was so excited to read the history of the moonshiners. I come from a long long of them. My Daddy and Granddaddy made moonshine and my Mother bootlegged it.  The history of how moonshine was made and sold from the early days of our country thru the years and even now. One thing of interest is about how they needed faster cars to keep from being caught and helped with raced these cars. NASCAR is part of that. Songs, movies and television have all caught the romance, yes romance of these hidden, backwoods stills and the people who run them.  There are a lot of recipes as well as history in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it all. It is of great interest to a lot of people. I received this book from Net Galley and Kensington Books for a honest review and no compensation otherwise. 5+ and I'm buying my niece a copy of it.
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An enjoyable read for anyone who wants to delve more into Moonshine, its history, and just in general learn more about it.

Well written and well researched, this non-fiction takes you on a journey through the history of moonshine, all of its meanings and uses, and how it has left its mark. Highly recommend to anyone who is an alcohol fan  or just wants to learn more!
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I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  
From the publisher --- 
White lightning . . . XXX . . . Firewater. 
Whatever you call it, moonshine is America’s original rebel spirit.
This ultimate must-have for aspiring moonshine connoisseurs, boozy history buffs, and party seekers everywhere is a buzz-worthy ride through moonshine’s legendary history. From its roots in the hollows of Appalachia and keeping the good times flowing through Prohibition to its headlining status today as a pop culture icon, Moonshine tells the rip-roaring story of the moonshiners who became folk heroes for the ages and how their batches of XXX endure as the favourite thirst-quencher of millions.
While stirring the rebel in each of us, Moonshine also gives you a bootleg up on hosting get-togethers and parties with a dream stash of 100 recipes for infusions and cocktails using moonshine as the main ingredient—Moonshine Monkey, Dirt Road Colada, Lemongrass & Mint Mojito, Smokey Mountain S’More, and many more. Plus, other fun-starters throughout the book include moonshine-themed playlists and a how-to for throwing an unforgettable moonshiner’s movie night.
Moonshine: A Celebration of America’s Original Rebel Spirit proves once and for all that the best things in life still come in jugs and Mason jars.
I have actually read a number of books on moonshine and this may be the best one yet … in Newfoundland we call it screech and one gets “screeched in” and has to kiss a cod 😊  The history was easily presented and I loved how the book looked “aged” (even on my Kindle as it was a digital copy!) And WHO KNEW about the connection of NASCAR and moonshine? Not me, and I read hundreds of books a year!!
I loved the recipes and am about to make the Moonshiner’s Lane Cake albeit with vodka as it is too hot and humid to go out and get me some hooch. (I am also going to infuse some wonderful summer fruit come some day later this week – I a thinking strawberry basil just to mix things up!)
Great book for anyone’s cookbook (or history) shelves – I am going to buy it ASAP.
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