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Fix the Pumps Paperback – May 1, 2010
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Read it not just for those revelatory recipes, but for its provocative take on their cultural, economic, and medical impact on generations gone by. You'll never think of soda fountains as wholesome Happy Days nostalgia again. --Jeff "Beachbum" Berry
Time travel never tasted so good. --Craig "Dr. Bamboo" Mrusek
Reading Fix the Pumps is like finding the key for that painted-over door in the corner you've never really paid any attention to, unlocking it and revealing a whole furnished room you never even realized was there. --David Wondrich author of Imbibe!
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Fix the Pumps tells the real history of the soda fountain, starting with its invention, through its golden era of creativity and its dependence on patent medicine and narcotics. The history of the soda fountain is as vibrant as any other period in American history.Fix the Pumps documents a wealth of information on soda fountain techniques, employed in the 1800s, and includes recipes that span the spectrum from simple concoctions to complex formulations using ingredients like aromatic elixir, Lactart and Acid Phosphate.This information is invaluable to anyone who enjoys creative drinks and recipes.
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If you like what he's written here you may be interested in the original. The Dispenser's Formulary: 2,500 Tested Recipes really does have thousands of recipes and formulae for everything in the old time soda jerk's repertoire from syrups and flips to soups and sandwiches
To this list we can now add Darcy O'Neil's Fix the Pumps. Rather than being a book about cocktails, Fix the Pumps addresses the topic of the pharmacy soda fountain, the history of which is contemporary with, closely parallel to, and frequently intersects with that of the bar and the mixed drink. As O'Neil documents, the soda fountain was the cocktail's equally reprobate and mercurial cousin. Quite simply, reading Fix the Pumps will plug a gaping hole in your perspective that you most likely didn't even know existed.
The book is concise. The core historical portion fits within about fifty pages and makes no attempt to be exhaustive. Rather, it erects a framework of essential facts with enough details to establish character before plunging into another hundred fifty pages of practical matter (e.g., how to properly produce soda water or concoct a true egg cream) and recipes for syrups, chemical additives, and other flavorings essential to the pharmacies of yore and, in many cases, adjunct to practitioners of today's cocktail renaissance.