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Nat Sherman's a Passion for Cigars: Selecting, Preserving, Smoking, and Savoring One of Life's Greatest Pleasures Paperback – April, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews Mcmeel Pub (April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836252896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0836252897
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,805,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Sherman's book is a good introduction to the art of cigars. The glimpse into the history of one of NY's premier cigar establishments is especially interesting, and the graphics are good. On the downside, I think the author spends too much time promoting his own brands, and occasionally strays from the core subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Allen on July 13, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book covers the entire range of the cigar experience, from the history of cigar making, through the various countries that produce the best tobacco and cigars, through selection and care, to how to give a cigar dinner (with recipes!). I've given away two copies to friends and I'm ordering more.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I would recommend this book to anyone who doesn't know anything about cigars, but wants to learn. The author could be very pompous, given his background, but he isn't. He says that you should smoke what you like and seems to mean it. The books contains an excellent introduction to how tobacco is grown, the various leafs, and what they are used for. He then goes on to explain how to shop for a cigar and how to smoke one. The last chapter has suggestions for cigar dinners, menus included, which is sort of cool. I'm not sure I would have been willing to pay the hardcover price, but as a Kindle book it is well worth it. As is the case with all Kindle books, the pictures and illustrations are useless, but that is not Mr. Sherman's fault.
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I like Nat Sherman's cigars. Joel comes across as a nice guy who knows his stuff. This is a pretty good introduction to cigars.

However it was published 18 years ago. There are a number of references (obviously now dated) within the book to this time frame. Cuban cigars were going through a tough patch at that time and get little press- certainly undeserving today. This also means that all the recent cigar producers and developments are missing. He is reluctant to rank cigars and maybe as a retailer, mail order distributor, not wanting to disappoint some of his suppliers is almost understandable.

What is really annoying are the typos in the Kindle version. A pyramid cigar is defined as having a narrow head that widens into a wide fool (should be foot), a subheading on creating your own cigar dinner talks about "Fine mine, fine food, fine spirits" and other ingredients for the event, where the glaring typo should refer to wine. If that was the only two, then fine I'm pedantic. Unfortunately it is not.

I still think this is a good introductory book worthy of the new Nat Sherman generation to rewrite and bring up to date with the developments in the cigar world,
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By A Customer on June 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
One would think that one of the world-renowned cigar makers/cigar shop owners would be snobbish and elitist. WRONG! Mr. Sherman writes like a true aristocrat, that is, without any snobbery or pretense. This is a very readable and useful guide I'd recommend to anyone who enjoys cigars or just wants to know more about them.
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