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Fix the Pumps Paperback – May 1, 2010
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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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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.Read more ›
O'Neil has done a fine job of tracing that history, and of bringing some of our grandfathers' (or great-grandfathers') flavors back to life. The book ends with hundreds of recipes scoured from sources dating back to the 1880s. Therein lay my real interest, but also some of my disappointment. I really came for the bitters recipes, and many of those offer fascinating ideas, even if I don't follow the recipes as written. Many seem baffling, as when oil of caraway or cardamom are called for - are they even sold any more? Just what were they? Other combinations inspired serious skepticism, like those involving acetic ether, tartar emetic, ammonia, and other incomprehensible or downright scary ingredients. Although O'Neil notes potential health hazards or untoward effect from some few items, others appear in many of the recipes without special mention.
So, I did get a few positive things out of this.Read more ›
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Incredibly informative and entertaining at the same time. Great read.Published 14 months ago by Brian M. Peters
I have a great many home brew books...this one tops the list! Great American history too!Published 17 months ago by Fred Hoffmeister
Great original drink recipes. I really appreciated his non-alcoholic recipes. So far they have all been big hits with the family.Published on April 25, 2014 by K. Merritt
A great book for all us soda and cocktail nerds. Cool back story of the old soda fountains and how they rivaled bars.Published on March 8, 2014 by Jesse E.
I very much enjoyed this book especially the trivia section on soda fountians. I don't have seven more words seePublished on April 25, 2013 by James Hayes
We totally geeked out on this book, not only for the recipes but for all the history as well. We read it cover to cover!! Recipes are tasty too. Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by Andrea Piorkowski