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D. Gray
I know this has probably been asked a thousand times, but my searches does not reveal what I am looking for.

Which books are the absolute essentials when it comes to absinthe? I am considering the following right now:

The Book of Absinthe: A Cultural History,
Absinthe: Sip of Seduction : A Contemporary Guide,
Absinthe: History in a Bottle

I also came across "Hideous Absinthe: A History of the Devil in a Bottle" by Jad Adams. This one appears to be anti-absinthe, it could be interesting.

So what do you think? I could of course buy all of them, but for the price I could buy two bottles and money is tight so I prefer to start with the essentials.
I can recommend The Book of Absinthe: A Cultural History.

I did a short review of it on the WS site.
You left out Absinthe: A Myth Aways Green.
D. Gray
I did, but that is only because I could not find it on

Being the poor insolvent bastard I am, I only have a Visa Electron card as payment. Visa Electron is not accepted by Paypal and Paypal appears to be the only way of paying for it. frusty.gif

Oh, and I made it to 100 without being yelled at too much! Brilliant! abs-cheers.gif
The only one of those I have read was Absinthe: History in a Bottle, and I liked it a lot. I think I will pick up Sip of Seduction though, because I want to read something newer.

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D. Gray
Haha, too late! LARS!.gif abs-cheers.gif
I did, but that is only because I could not find it on

That isn't because we didn't try to put it there.

On the other hand, you can't find absinthe at either, but you can buy A Myth
ALONG WITH absinthe from certain places, I think. Problem solved. Don't say I never did anything for you.
>I did, but that is only because I could not find it on

you can find absinthe, a myth always green on, under french language titles...if the book is published in france, amazon lists it as french-language...don't get me started... frusty.gif
D. Gray

I will give it a try.

Thank you all abs-cheers.gif
A Myth Always Green and Absinthe: A Cultural History would be my recommendations (actually, I like the Daedalus Book of Absinthe--same as Cultural History, but with a snazzier cover and size). History in a Bottle isn't as information-intensive, but it does make up for it in many ways with a large amount of artwork. Kind of more a coffee-table book. At least that's the one I keep out for guests to thumb through. Never looked at Sip of Seduction much--I just remember a thread either here or at the Lounge a while back regarding the slightly over-the-top "book description" at Amazon. Might still be a good book, though.
It's very nicely presented, at least. It has more glitz than substance, but it's still a fairly good read.
A possibly more interesting question, though there aren't a ton of books out there on the subject to begin with, is which to avoid? I guess the ones already mentioned pretty much cover what's out there, though....
I don't think there's an absinthe tome out there, horrendous enough to be avoided.

Besides, even if there were, wouldn't you want to read it, just for laughs?
Very true.
There is a number of books in french. Many of them written by Benoit Nol, Marie-Claude Delahaye or both.

Bought "Absinthe: La Muse des Peintres", written by both of them, in Pontarlier. It seems to be OK. As the title suggests, it deals exclusively with absinthe in art.

Got it with a dedication from the authors ...

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