Chapter 6

DIGESTIVES & AFTER-DINNER DRINKS

BELLY-FRIENDLY COCKTAILS

SYMPATHIZE, FOR A MOMENT, WITH THE HUMBLE STOMACH. A MULTI-COURSE MEAL CAN FLIP IT OUT; A DOSE OF THE FLU CAN THROW IT INTO SERIOUS DISTRESS; AND A CASE OF JITTERY NERVES SENDS IT STRAIGHT INTO SOS MODE. AND IF YOU THINK THAT’S ROUGH ENOUGH, GET THIS: OUR FOREFATHERS HAD IT EVEN WORSE.

H ere’s why: Before the twentieth century, home refrigerators were futuristic dreams, so it was tough to prevent food from spoiling. Plus, kitchen hygiene wasn’t what it is nowadays, and antibiotics and flu shots had yet to be discovered. This means indigestion, bellyaches, and food poisoning ran rampant, ...

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