cloth, 368 pp., $80.00
Both a stimulant and a relaxant, coffee is the most popular beverage in the world. Morton Satin, a molecular biologist and distinguished scientific authority on global agribusiness, tells of its origins in this comprehensive review of the drink’s intriguing history. Calling it “the indispensable wake-up beverage,” the author analyses its role in the culture and economic development of societies around the world. He points to the great strides that this commodity has made in the last few years in its methods of brewing and marketing, leading to its extraordinary popularity. Well illustrated, this fascinating book will have readers hooked on learning more about this international stimulant for the mind and body.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden