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#1 -TJ-



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 04:27 AM

I was just given this book by Teras Grescoe, and was wondering if anyone here has read it? It's about forbidden fruits from around the world, and the author's quest to try them. The reviews on amazon are positive, but I was hoping to find if anyone here has read it, and what your thoughts are. It's not that I don't trust the reviews on amazon, but let's be real; it's not exactly crawling with many experts in this area. I've read some reviews that were clearly written by folks who were a special kind of 'out there'...


I haven't started reading it yet, but plan to this evening. It seems interesting enough. Each chapter is devoted to one of the forbidden fruits, and a few of them I'm really looking forward to reading about:


1. Hjemmebrent: The Viking Moonshine

2. Savory Crackers: Poppies for Nanny

3. Epoisse: Satan in a Poplar Box

4. Criadillas: Brussels vs. the Bull's Balls*

5. Cohiba Esplendido: It's the Law

6. Absinthe Suisse: One Glass and You're Dead     (this will likely be my 1st chapter...and apparently as a ghost; a well preserved one at that)

7. Chocolat Mousseux: The Exonerated Buzz

8. Mate de Coca: Never Say No

9. Pentobarbitol Sodium: The Last Sip*


*Zero curiosity (at least as far as trying it goes).



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#2 Brian Robinson

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 05:19 AM

Criadillas are actually very good if prepared properly.
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#3 -TJ-



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 07:03 AM

I think I'd have to be in an adventurous mood - or be a 'few' glasses in before I considered it.



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 03:04 PM

Rocky Mountain Oysters are actually pretty good. Maybe Brussels Sprouts aren't your thing though so I understand.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 03:08 PM

Rocky Mountain Oysters are actually pretty good.



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Posted 31 March 2013 - 04:19 AM

Perhaps I just need to know the right chef. I started skimming through a few chapters last night, and found that I'd try it - once at least

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 02:09 AM

There was a discussion here seven years ago. I've read the absinthe chapter and enjoyed it, although his account of absinthe in Switzerland is now somewhat out-of-date following legalisation there (and elsewhere). I haven't got round to reading the rest of the book yet ...

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 03:23 AM

Thanks Alan, I didn't even see the initial thread. (Today's lesson in searching first...) I thought I'd miss and duplicate at least one thread at some point - Hopefully that was it  :blush:  


I've enjoyed what I've read so far, but it's not one of those books that begs to be constantly open. I'll finish it at some point, but it will have to wait ... I've decided to revisit a few ol' favorites for now. For Whom The Bell Tolls will be the main book for a bit.

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