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Modern Cider: Simple Recipes to Make Your Own Ciders, Perries, Cysers, Shrubs, Fruit Wines, Vinegars, and More Hardcover – August 22, 2017
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“Beyond Modern Cider’s clear instruction is a beautiful array of recipes, both traditional and ingeniously new, that showcase just versatile home brews can be.”
—JENNY MCGRUTHER, AUTHOR OF NOURISHED KITCHEN
“I never knew how much I wanted to make cider until I read this book. Now that I know how easy it is, it’s become an obsession.”
—AKI KAMOZAWA, AUTHOR OF IDEAS IN FOOD
“ Whether you’re completely new to cider or you’re an absolute fanatic looking to up your cider-making game, Emma Christensen’s written a recipe that’ll get you excited for your next (or first) batch. From choosing the perfect blend of apples to re-creating traditional styles to spicing your cider into something truly funky, Modern Cider lets cider be as simple as you like and as creative as you can imagine.”
—STEPHEN VALAND, CO-OWNER AND FOUNDER OF BROOKLYN BREW SHOP
About the Author
EMMA CHRISTENSEN is a food writer, homebrewer, the author of True Brews and Brew Better Beer, and a contributing writer and recipe developer for The Kitchn Cookbook. Christensen graduated from the Cambridge School for Culinary Arts, interned at Cook's Illustrated and America's Test Kitchen, had a twice-monthly syndicated weeknight-meal column with Tribune Media Services from 2008 through 2012, served as the beer reviewer for the Columbus Dispatch, and has been published in Cook's Country, Edible Columbus, and The Vegetarian Times. She is the former recipe editor for The Kitchn, and now serves as food editor and managing editor of Simply Recipes. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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I like the 1 & 5 gallon recipe info, most books lead you through "new" recipes with just the 5 (too much if you don't like your new cider)
Well worth owning.
Now I am out in the world and I drink cider whenever I can find it, mostly opting out of beer. This is great when I am in the UK where cider is a normal pub drink and even scrumpy (a messy, yeasty rough cider) can be found in some communities. Finding bottled cider in the USA has gotten very difficult as the expensive and tasty imported brands give way to US flavored crap. I recently visited San Francisco and could not find a decent cider anywhere. Everyone was carrying that brand that does all the advertising or a very local brand that tasted of nothing but peel and was so bad I gave it back to the bartender and switched to wine.
Many of these brewers should take a look at Ms Christensen's book for some more sophisticated ideas on blending apples and yeasts to get real cider flavor that balances sweet, sour and bitter. I am particularly concerned that the finished cider does not taste of peel, which happens if brewers are using the wrong strain of Granny Smith (some these days have peel so bitter I have to peel them to eat) or, horrors, they are recycling pomace from an applesauce factory.
If you are interested in cider, and are already a beer maker, you are good to go with the recipes in this book. But I don't know many beer drinkers who also drink cider so perhaps there will be more people who want to make cider at home but are not familiar with home brewing. This book is a good starting place.
Ms Christensen's instructions are complete and correct but perhaps it would be a good idea to supplement this information with some time online watching people use the equipment, or talking to a neighbor who brews beer. Get a feel for the rhythm of things. Start with the simple recipes and a range of yeasts. The yeast makes all the difference (after the peel).
Ms Christensen's prose is clear and uncluttered. There are lots of photos of farms and orchards in the autumn. I am not sure this book needed to be so fancy. More equipment, fewer leaves.
I received a review copy of "Modern Cider: Simple Recipes to Make Your Own Ciders, Perries, Cysers, Shrubs, Fruit Wines, Vinegars, and More" by Emma Christensen (Ten Speed) through NetGalley.com.
Author: Emma Christensen
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Genre: Cooking, Food & Wine
Sub-Genre: Drinks & Beverages, Cookbook, Beer, Fruits, Cooking By Ingredient, Alcoholic
Reviewed For NetGalley and Ten Speed Press
Rating: 5 Stars
Complete, concise instructions on making and storing your own cider, wines and other fruity concoctions. It is always better homemade and considering I go through Apple Cider Vinegar like water it is one I tried first. It came out beautifully and I now have it in my recipe box and has become one of my favorite recipes. I can not wait for my own company of "Modern Cider - Simple Recipes to Make Your Own Ciders, Perries, Cysers, Shrubs, Fruit Wines, Vinegars, and More" to arrive as there are many others I want to try.
My rating of "Modern Cider - Simple Recipes to Make Your Own Ciders, Perries, Cysers, Shrubs, Fruit Wines, Vinegars, and More" is 5 out of 5 stars.
I received a digital copy through NetGalley.