Cider - $14.95
Annie Proulx & Lew Nichols. Cider making is easy, and this book guides you through every step of the process, including building your own apple press. Includes recipes featuring cider. Tr paper, 224pp. Storey
Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby . . . see Cookery
Ken Schramm. Veteran beverage hobbyist Schramm introduces the novice to the wonders of mead. With easy-to-follow procedures & simple recipes, he shows how you can quickly & painlessly make your own mead at home. He also introduces flavorful variations for meads using spices, fruit, grapes, and even malt. Tr pb, 212pp, index, 5p biblio, extensive sources list, web sites. Brewers Publications
Cordials From Your Kitchen - $14.95
Pattie Vargas & Rich Gulling. More than 100 clear and simple recipes for cordials, including fruit, nut, herb, and cream-based liqueurs, coffee liqueurs, ‘candy cordials’, flavored brandies, vodkas, and rums. The book provides recipes using original fruit or flavoring materials and ones using commercial extracts, as well as recipes for using the cordials. Tr pb, 171pp. Storey Books
The Homebrewer’s Garden - $14.95
Joe Fisher & Dennis Fisher. This book contains instructions on growing your own hops, unusual grains, and flavoring herbs, building and using an oast or hop dryer, and malting. There is a 40 page descriptive list of suitable herbs. The authors then proceed to give 30 recipes (for beers, ales, stouts, mead, cider, and perry) They conclude the book with a glossary of brewing terms, and a list of sources for herbs, seed grain, and brewing supplies. Storey Books.
Homemade Soda - $18.95
Andrew Schloss. Soda is fun to drink and fun to make, and best of all, the home soda maker controls the sweetness and ingredients, creating a drink that’s exactly right. Offers bubbly recipes and simple instructions for the easy to learn techniques. Trade paper, color photos& illus throughout, 336pp., brief resources list, index. Storey
Luscious Liqueurs - $12.95
A.J. Rathbun. 50 recipes for sublime and spirited infusions. Making liqueurs at home is relatively simple, and homemade versions are a bargain compared to what you get at the store. In this book, Rathbun shows you how to make your favorite liqueurs at home. The recipes feature infusions that meld liquor with a wide variety of fruits, herbs, and spices. The introduction gives you all necessary information on equipment, techniques, and ingredients. HC, 4-color design, photos, 96 pp. Harvard Common Press
Making Medieval Mead, or Mead Before Digby - $5.00
Christina M Krupp & Bill Gillen. This useful & interesting book attempts to collect all available recipes from sources prior to the publication of Digby’s Closet. The first two parts are thorough discussions of the ingredients used in mead and the process itself, while the third part gives recipes prior to 1600, and the fourth recipes from after 1600. Recipes include both the original text and an English translation. (Recipes from Domostroi do not include the original Russian.) Considerable biblio, glossary. 60pp, paper, saddle-stapled. SCA, Inc.
Making Wild Wines & Meads - $16.95
Pattie Vargas & Rich Gulling. Easy, step-by-step instructions for making wines from fruits, berries, flowers, and more. Chapter on meads, metheglin, and melomels. 125 recipes, glossary, 165 p. paper. Storey Books.
Sip Through Time - $18.00
Cindy Renfrow. Representative sampling of brewing recipes from earliest times to the present. Organized first by type of recipe, then chronologically. Biblio, list of sources; 300+p, pb.
Past: The quest for wine, beer, and other alcoholic beverages - $18.95
Patrick E McGovern. In this lively tour around the world and through the millennia, the author tells the compelling story of humanity’s ingenious, intoxicating quest for the perfect drink. This perfect drink, whether it be mind-altering, medicinal, a religious symbol, a social lubricant, or artists inspiration, has not only been a profound force in history, but may also be fundamental to the human condition itself. Paperback, 320pp, 10 color photos, 30 b/w photos, 4 maps. Extensive index, select bibliog.. University of California Press