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Peaky Blinders is Back! Here’s 3 Books to Read Before You Binge

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On a whim the other day, I decided to watch Peaky Blinders on Netflix. Fifteen hours later I emerged, bleary-eyed and speaking in a vaguely British accent. It’s official: I’m hooked. It’s good timing too, since the third season is getting released on Netflix on May 31. The show is already airing on BBC Two in the UK, and I may or may not have been up until 3 a.m. last night reading spoilers on the Internet. I just can’t help it! This show is SO. GOOD. Peaky Blinders is about the Shelbys, a gangster family in early 1920s Birmingham, England. The main character is Tommy, the second oldest son, and, just like most of the young men in England,…

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Prohibition: Lost Drink Recipes from a 1920s Bootlegger

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Equal parts history, chemistry and alcohol make a delicious formula for an entertaining read. You don’t need to love drinking to enjoy Lost Recipes of Prohibition: Notes from a Bootlegger’s Manual (Countryman Press, October 28 2015). The new book from noted whiskey enthusiast and author Matthew Rowley was inspired by a notebook of illegal liquor recipes from the 1920s, Rowley’s annotations add depth and candor to an already fascinating historical artifact. Popular television shows set during the period, such as HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and Netflix’s Peaky Blinders, tend to tell a somewhat glamorized tale about the crime organized around alcohol production and smuggling during Prohibition. However, in Lost Recipes of Prohibition, the booze itself is the star of the story,…

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