Friday, February 20, 2015

Drinks with Reads: Wilbur Smith and The Bloody Bull

Janet Kuchler, (formerly of our Portland office, now from our Salt Lake City office) is back today with a special pairing for Wilbur Smith latest historical adventure, Desert God. 

In Desert God, Wilber Smith returns to Ancient Egypt and the character of Taita and the world he created in River God in the 1990s. Although this is the fifth book in the series, you don't have to have read the others to become engrossed in this one. 

It's easy to get lost in ancient Egypt with this book. Smith paints a vivid picture of what life was like and keeps the action moving. If you like historical novels, don't mind a lot of fantasy, and like a lot of action, you will love this book. 

The story centers around Taita's relationship with the young royals and how strategic marriage (and a little piracy) was used to forge allies with a rich Minoan society and strengthen Egypt's army. Taita, who is a eunuch, struggled to protect the children of the woman he loved while trying to regain the majesty of an Egypt past. Wile, strategy and sacrifice were called for to oust the uncouth Hyskos from their stronghold in the north and begin to rebuild Egypt to its former glory.

Along the way, earthquakes, Demi gods and volcanoes played havoc.

The perfect drink for this book is the Bloody Bull because there is an actual run in with a Minotaur (The Bloody Bull). this drink is really a souped up Bloody Mary with horseradish and beef bouillon. Here's what you need:

The Bloody Bull:
Celery stalks for garnish
4 ounces tomato juice
2 ounces vodka (you can leave this out for a virgin drink)
1/4 teaspoon horseradish
one beef bouillon cube
Two shakes of Lea & Perrins
Two shakes of Tabasco sauce
A pinch of onion powder
A pinch of celery seeds

Mix all ingredients except celery and then pour in a shaker with ice. Shake until cold and then pour over ice. Garnish with your celery and enjoy!  

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