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!
From the Back Cover
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.