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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

Compleat Meadmaker - $19.95

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

Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits - $18.95 - 11/13

Andrew Schloss. With the author’s innovative recipes, it’s fun, easy, and safe to make and enjoy liqueurs or cordials at home. Includes clone recipes for 21 big-name brand drinks, as well as 136 more recipes for intriguing and original flavor combinations.  Also includes 80 recipes for cocktails that use liqueurs. Paper, 288 pp, full color photos throughout. 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.

Real Cidermaking on a Small Scale - $12.95

Michael Pooley & John Lomax. An introduction to producing cider at home. Cider making is part of a rich tradition that dates back hundreds of years. Now you can make yourself a part of this tradition by becoming an at-home cider maker. This book will teach you everything you need to know about the process of making hard cider from any kind of apple. Learn how to build your own cider press, how to ferment the cider, and how to store it for enjoyment year-round. Also includes recipes, tips for preserving apple juice that you don't want to ferment, and instructions for making perry, or pear cider. Whether you plan on using apples from the tree in your backyard or from the local supermarket, you are sure to be satisfied with the results. Don't miss your chance to become a cidermaking expert and enjoy the rewards of your labor all year long. Paperback, 112p, illus. Fox Chapel Press

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.

Uncorking The 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

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