Blotto Botany by Spencre L.R. McGowan

Blotto Botany by Spencre L.R. McGowan

Please join us on Thursday, October 4th at 7pm for a book talk with author Spencre L.R. McGowan who will be here to discuss her book, Blotto Botany.

"Blotto Botany is a gorgeous little book of medicinal cordials created by herbalist and witchy healing expert Spencre McGowan. Blotto Botany was originally a zine that swept the indie circuit, and we are now turning it into a full-length book with nods to the original design. Inside, readers and herbalism practitioners will find 40 cordial recipes organized by season, each with their own healing properties. Soothe Yourself Tonic, for instance, soothes the nerves after a hard day with gentle lemon balm and rose petals. Lovers' Lip, by contrast, contains stimulating damiana and elderflower, the perfect recipe for "one, two, or few." Other recipes include:

  • Lilac Wine
  • Douglas Fir Tipsy
  • Oh, Mary! (Bloody Mary)
  • Champagne Strawberries
  • Tulsi Me Tulsi
  • Dandelion Swag
  • Blackberry Ginger
  • Carmelite Water
  • Drunk in Love
  • Sommarvatten

Blotto Botany also comes with recipes for medicinal shrubs and syrups, as well as details on plant lore, wild crafting, crystals, and the use of red wine vs. white wine in infusions.

The design and package of Blotto Botany also sets it apart as a truly unique work--each page is a four color collage and some photography, all created by the author, and all the recipes are written in her own handwriting. This is one of the most special packages on the market place--our goal was to capture the look and feel of the bespoke original zine, and in so doing, we have created a cocktail book that whispers of homespun plant magic." --Publisher Marketing

About the author:

SPENCRE L.R. MCGOWAN is an herbalist and writer from many places, but primarily Maine and Nantucket. She is the creator of Gingertooth & Twine, a blog and shop dedicated to enhancing herbal wisdom through plant based brews, meals and publications. Spencre received her herbalist certification from the California School of Herbal Studies in Sonoma county in 2013. This is her first book.

Event date: 
Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Longfellow Books
Portland, ME 04101
Blotto Botany: A Lesson in Healing Cordials and Plant Magic Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062740618
Availability: On Our Shelves Now: Please call ahead to be sure inventory is not being held for other customers.
Published: Morrow Gift - September 4th, 2018