I imagine that I might have liked this particular entry in the Edible series a bit more if I hadn't already read [b:Gin: The Much Lamented Death of Madam Geneva|1133868|Gin The Much Lamented Death of Madam Geneva|Patrick Dillon|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1181258710s/1133868.jpg|1121084]. True, the Edible book is much more about the entire history of gin, and not just the 18th century gin craze and backlash. That said, that's by far the most interesting part of gin's history. This is indeed a much shorter book, with a broader focus. If you have more than a passing interest in gin (or food history in general) I would say to read the longer book by Dillon instead. This one has the virtue of being short, but admirably comprehensive for the length, and is very nicely illustrated. If you only have time or interest for one book on gin, and don't want to spend much time reading it, here's the book for you.