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Monday, November 13, 2017

* DRINK BOOK OF THE MONTH! Modern Cider (Emma Christensen, Ten Speed Press)

MODERN CIDER (Ten Speed Press, 2017, 186 pages, ISBN 978-1-60774-968-4, $23 USD hardbound) is by Emma Christensen, author of "True Brews". She makes her own, of course, and this  guide, with simple recipes to make ciders, perries, cysers, shrubs, fruit wines, vinegars, and other drinks. Hard ciders are incredibly easy to make. I used to do cider for 10 years, using unpasteurized apple cider juice from the supermarket. I only stopped doing it when, for PC reasons, the supermarket decided to pasteurize it. This actually killed any yeast I would be adding...for shame! The book comes with six heavy-duty log rollers. The primer takes the first 60 pages, followed by such topics as beginner ciders, cider family (perry and cysers), modern ciders, ciders for beer lovers (my fave chapter), apple wines, traditional (UK, Breton) ciders, and even soft non-alcoholic ciders and vinegars. There's a resources list and a glossary to complete the reference package. Well worth a look since cider is the current thing these days, being led by the millennial charge. Preparations have their ingredients listed in both metric and avoirdupois measurements.
Audience and level of use: those who want to make their own cider
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: cysers are ciders fortified with honey.
Quality/Price Rating: 95

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