Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Pioneer Mixology: Switchel, Sack Posset, and Shrub: A Survey of Prairie Beverages by Robynne Elizabeth Miller

Pioneer Mixology

A quirky survey of Pioneer beverages. Recipes, tips, and a bit of history explaining the how and why behind what the settlers drank. From clarifying coffee with the swim bladder of a fish (um, YUCK!!) to making coffee substitutes with everything from grape seeds to sweet potatoes, this book examines period beverages and how many of them came into being. A fun, sometimes irreverent (but extremely well-researched!) book perfect for history buffs, homesteaders, beverage aficionados, fans of the prairie lifestyle.


About Robynne Elizabeth Miller

Robynne Elizabeth Miller has authored three nonfiction books as well as numerous articles and essays. Her first book, “From the Mouth of Ma,” is a look at Caroline Quiner Ingalls, the mother of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her second book, “Pioneer Mixology,” is a quirky survey of beverages that the pioneers enjoyed. Her most recent work is the newly released “The Three Faces of Nellie,” an in-depth biography of the three women who made up the composite Little House character of Nellie Oleson.

Robynne’s author website is www.robynnemiller.com and she also blogs extensively at mylittelprairiehome.com and thepracticalpioneer.com. Aside from writing, Robynne is a speaker, editor, and writing coach. She teaches at writers conferences and local writers workshops, leads two writing/critique groups, and is the Communications Director for the Inspire Christian Writers board of directors. She is completing her Master’s degree in Nonfiction and Fiction at Ashland University.

Robynne lives with her British husband, and the youngest two of their four cheeky children, in the snowy woods of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern California. When not writing, Robynne loves singing, felling trees, and making bacon from scratch.

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