We are delighted to partner with Tammy’s Tastings to host author Mallory O’Meara for an online book talk and cocktail class. Stereotypes abound about what women “should” be drinking. Appletinis and Cosmos are drinks for girls. Beer and scotch, now those are respectable drinks. Those are men’s drinks …Aren’t they? Who decided that drinking was a gendered act? When did certain kinds of alcohol first become respectable? Where in the world did this happen? Why did this happen? How did this happen?
You’ll find all these answers and more in GIRLY DRINKS: A World History of Women and Alcohol. Mallory O’Meara – curious feminist, witty historian, and award-winning, Los Angeles Times bestselling author of The Lady from the Black Lagoon – will join Tammy for a spirited evening of presentation, discussion, and mix-along demonstrations of cocktails.
If your favorite thing about Tammy’s Tastings cocktail classes is the history, then this is a class you cannot miss! And if you purchase the book with your ticket, you’ll save a little on your class price and it’ll be sent right to your door with a signed bookplate. Plus, since book sales and shipping are being provided Nicola’s Books, you’ll be supporting an independent bookshop!
About the Book
From Los Angeles Times bestselling author Mallory O'Meara comes a lively and engrossing feminist history of women drinking through the ages
Strawberry daiquiris. Skinny martinis. Vodka sodas with lime. These are the cocktails that come in sleek-stemmed glasses, bright colors and fruity flavors--these are the Girly Drinks.
From the earliest days of civilization, alcohol has been at the center of social rituals and cultures worldwide. But when exactly did drinking become a gendered act? And why have bars long been considered "places for men" when, without women, they might not even exist?
With whip-smart insight and boundless curiosity, Girly Drinks unveils an entire untold history of the female distillers, drinkers and brewers who have played a vital role in the creation and consumption of alcohol, from ancient Sumerian beer goddess Ninkasi to iconic 1920s bartender Ada Coleman. Filling a crucial gap in culinary history, O'Meara dismantles the long-standing patriarchal traditions at the heart of these very drinking cultures, in the hope that readers everywhere can look to each celebrated woman in this book--and proudly have what she's having.
About the Author
Mallory is an award winning and best-selling author. She lives with her two cats in the mountains near Los Angeles, where she is at work on her next nonfiction book. Bourbon is her drink of choice.
Her first book, The Lady From The Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick, is a Los Angeles Times bestseller. It won the 2019 SCIBA Award for Biography, the Rondo 2019 Book of the Year and was nominated for the Hugo and Locus awards.
Her second book, Girly Drinks: A Feminist History of Women and Alcohol, is out now.
Every week, Mallory hosts the literary podcast Reading Glasses alongside filmmaker and writer Brea Grant. The show is hosted by Maximum Fun and focuses on book culture and reader life.