Thirsty Dragon by Suzanne Mustacich (Henry Holt)
Soda Politics by Marion Nestle (Oxford University Press)
The History of Wine in 100 Bottles by Oz Clarke (Pavilion Books)
Thirsty Dragon lays bare the untold story of how an influx of Chinese money rescued France's most venerable wine region from economic collapse, and how the result was a series of misunderstandings and crises that threatened the delicate infrastructure of Bordeaux's insular wine trade. The Bordelais and the Chinese do business according to different and often incompatible sets of rules, and Mustacich uncovers the competing agendas and little-known actors who are transforming the economics and culture of Bordeaux, even as its wines are finding new markets—and ever higher prices—in Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong, with Hong Kong and London traders playing a pivotal role.
At once a tale of business skullduggery and fierce cultural clashes, adventure, and ambition, Thirsty Dragon offers a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges facing the world's most famous and prestigious wines.
Madeira by Richard Mayson (Infinite Ideas Ltd)
Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning) by Marion Nestle (Oxford University Press)
Soda Politics is a story of the American food system at work, written by the incomparable NYU scholar and public health champion Marion Nestle. It is the first book to focus on the history, politics, nutrition, and health impact of soda,
In fact, the marketing practices of soda companies are eerily similar to that of cigarette companies - both try to sell as much as possible, regardless of the health consequences, in any way that they can. And the public is starting to
The History of Wine in 100 Bottles: From Bacchus to Bordeaux and Beyond by Oz Clarke (Pavilion Books)