Julia Bainbridge, author of the forthcoming book Good Drinks, examines how cookbooks, recipe websites, and Google search trends are lining up with the changing landscape of nonalcoholic beverages today.
If you have access to the Internet and care about food and drinks, you've likely seen at least one article about the alcohol-free bars popping up around the country. (There have been many, many reports—though the staying power of these businesses remains to be seen.) You've certainly heard something about Dry January or Sober October. And while it's debatable whether or not sobriety is on the rise, as some have claimed—binge drinking is a growing problem among certain sets of the population—moderation is definitely a hot topic today.