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Cider: making, using & enjoying sweet & hard cider

My series of reviews of cider making books wouldn’t be complete without covering the book you are most likely to find in your local homebrewing and wine making shop: Cider: making, using & enjoying sweet & hard cider by Annie Proulx1 and Lew Nichols. Last summer I read the 2nd edition, and this winter I [...]

Proficient Motorcycling by David L Hough

I first read Proficient Motorcycling by David L Hough back in college when a motorcycle-owning friend recommended reading it before buying a motorcycle. Proficient Motorcycling immediately made it on my short list of recommended books. When I first posted my list of Books Everyone Should Read I wrote: This is the book on safe motorcycle [...]

The Compleat Meadmaker by Ken Schramm

The Compleat Meadmaker by Ken Schramm is an excellent book on making mead. Of the dozen books I have read on producing cider, wine, beer, and mead, this is one of the two best. The basic ‘Changing Honey into Wine’ chapter is a short and clear explanation you can use to produce your first batch [...]

Making Craft Cider: A Ciderist’s Guide by Simon McKie

Making Craft Cider: A Ciderist’s Guide by Simon McKie is an excellent starting point when learning to make your own cider. This is a short and well-written book that does a good job of summarising the best of the other four books in this series of reviews. McKie covers all the important topics—including choosing apples, [...]

Real Cidermaking on a Small Scale by Michael Pooley and John Lomax

Real Cidermaking on a Small Scale by Michael Pooley and John Lomax is a good introductory book on cider making. It is short with lots of photographs. One feature I like that is not in the other cider books is a pair of flowcharts on the steps for making either naturally conditioned sparkling cider or [...]

Craft Cider Making by Andrew Lea

Andrew Lea’s Craft Cider Making is the best book I have read on producing your own cider from fresh apple juice. It is an excellent introduction to making traditional ciders. As a food biochemist who spent 13 years in cider related research, the author is probably the most qualified author in this series. This background [...]

Cider, hard and sweet by Ben Watson

The first book I read on cider was Ben Watson’s Cider, hard and sweet. This book is an excellent starting point for Americans only familiar with the pasteurised and preserved “cider” found in grocery stores in the fall. It provides a good introduction to the styles of cider produced around the world and includes the [...]

Changing Planet, Changing Health by Epstein and Ferber

It is no longer a luxury to make our economy low-carbon and sustainable. It’s a matter of preventing harm to the species who dwell on the Earth, including our own. Just as an ailing patient can recover, so can an ailing planet. But we must act now. [page 5] Changing Planet, Changing Health by Paul [...]

The Merchants’ War by Frederik Pohl

The Merchants’ War is the much later (thirty-one years!) sequel to The Space Merchants. It continues the story after the settlement of Venus has become established. The novel revolves around the continuing conflict between the Advertising Agency controlled earth and the Anti-Huckster Venus. The Merchants’ War is a pretty good continuation of The Space Merchants, [...]

The Space Merchants by Pohl and Kornbluth

The Space Merchants is a very good short novel (158 pages) presenting an early 1950s view of what the world would look like in the near future if it became dominated by advertising agencies. The book is written from the perspective of the marketing executive who is in charge of promoting the soon to be [...]