The Devil's Picnic

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Author: Taras Grescoe
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Intrepid traveller and gourmand Taras Grescoe set out on a year long, round the world odyssey in pursuit of substances vilified, demonized and banned by the lawmakers of the civilized world.  Determined to track down and try everything that was forbidden, he went to Spain to dine on eels and offal, smuggled poppyseed crackers and chewing gum into Singapore, drank his fill of absinthe and coca tea, and finally, in Switzerland, investigated the ultimate nightcap.  He found regional cultures threatened by arbitrary legislation and everywhere encountered prohibitions expresssive of society's phobias: foreign contamination; unchecked hedonism; the insidious undermining of the work ethic...
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