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The Soda Fountain is a treat for old-time Brooklynites like me who cut our sweet tooth on egg creams. Along with recipes and scrumptious photographs, the book taps into the nostalgia of the classic soda fountain counter, where generations of Brooklynites past and present found ice cream heaven in favorites like the Cherry Lime Rickey and the Chocolate Malt. Thank you, Gia and Pete, for showing all those who visit or live here how sweet Brooklyn truly is!”
—Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz

“Pete and Gia have restored the soda fountain ideal and breathed new life into the old tradition of local food shared in local places.”
—Slow Food NYC

“Nostalgia reigns within the pages of this invaluable book. In it, the history of the soda fountain comes to life with throwback desserts such as egg creams, ice cream sodas, shakes, and sundaes. Dynamic tales of Brooklyn’s past root the egg cream in present time for the next generations to come.”
—Alain Ducasse, chef-creator and author of J’aime New York

“The guys at Brooklyn Farmacy are a bunch of jerks! They're also experts at creating classic treats from yesteryear that should not be forgotten.”
—Clinton Kelly, host of ABC's The Chew and author of Freakin' Fabulous on a Budget

“What a crazy story behind the coolest hangout in Brooklyn. What insanely delicious sundaes. And what chutzpah Gia and Peter showed by saving the soda fountain from a premature demise!”
—Eric Demby, Brooklyn Flea & Smorgasburg

"Along with some pure Brooklyn farming-hipster style, the book offers fascinating historical tidbits, postwar snapshots and a treasure chest of easy syrups and blends to get you started. Where else are you going to learn about the great carbonic acid explosions of the Jazz Age? Or why they call them "soda jerks"? There's something for everyone: classic egg creams for the nostalgic, sundaes for the sweet-toothed, and, yes, syrup-based cocktails for those who just have to have them."
—T. Susan Chang, National Public Radio


About the Author

PETER FREEMAN (aka Head Jerk) is the cofounder of Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain. His degree in sociology and his love of egg creams led him to the perfect career: as a soda jerk in his own soda fountain. He lives happily above Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain with his cat, Mr. Pickles.

GIA GIASULLO (aka Big Sister) is the cofounder and creative director of Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain. She is the daughter of a Greenwich Village shopkeeper, and it is no surprise to her that after spending twenty-plus years practicing graphic design she is now runs a corner store in Brooklyn. She and her family live happily above Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain.

ELIZABETH KIEM  is a novelist, essayist, and literary critic. Her first novel takes place in Depression-era Coney Island and counts a soda jerk among its heroes. Her second novel, Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy was published in August 2013 by Soho Teen.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607744848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607744849
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I just love cookbooks and was thrilled to discover this gorgeous book!

It was really fun to read the initial chapters about the history of soda fountains and their place in our culture. The chapter on the effects of the Jazz Age and Prohibition on the soda fountain were especially interesting and informative.

Then there were the recipes! I loved that they thoroughly detailed just how to make each flavor of syrup you need. Who knew you could make ginger, hibiscus, or coffee syrups at home?

With such fabulous names as The Pink Poodle, The Purple Cow, The Wake-Up Call, and Gosh Nog It! it's hard not to love the float recipes at first sight! Then there were the lovely sundae recipes, which also have lovely names such as The Elvis and Hog On a Hot Tin Roof. The milkshakes were also amazing with names like Seven-Layer Apple Parfait and Cherry Blossom. The toppings were also amazing with the Hot Mama Crumble and Candied Bacon Bits. I also can't wait to try the recipes for Spice Bundt Cake and Chocolate Wafers.

This is an amazing collection of delicious recipes and you will most certainly find at least a few that you'll enjoy. I definitely highly recommend this!
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When I requested the book, I expected to see a book of recipes. What I discovered was something even better. I first noticed the images. The photographs of the sundaes, especially, made me want to drive immediately to the supermarket for the ingredients to try the recipes.

The first fifty pages or so of The Soda Fountain tell the story of--what else?--the soda fountain. I found it more interesting than I'd anticipated. For example, I never knew how Prohibition fostered the popularity of soda fountains. I also didn't know that "Experts estimate that nineteenth-century Americans drank three times as much liquor as we do today. ... By [one expert's] reckoning, Americans drank night and day, spending a quarter of their household income on the stuff." By 1885 the city of Atlanta had achieved Prohibition through popular referendum. No surprise, then, that Atlanta was the birthplace of Coca-Cola, one of the first soft drinks.

This story is told through not only narrative but also historical advertisements and images, including some from trade publications. Next in the book is a collection of recipes for syrups, from the familiar (vanilla cream, ginger) to the uncommon (hibiscus, New Orleans mead). Some of the recipes call for ingredients that you might not have on hand, such as dried lavender flowers. However, the back of the book lists sources for most of the ingredients that are not readily available.

The rest of the book contains recipes for sodas, floats, egg creams, sundaes, milkshakes, toppings, and baked goods (which are used in the sundaes). Each recipe is clearly explained, all the way down to the optimal dish or glass to use and the size of the ice cream scoop.
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Format: Hardcover
This book was a fun bit of nostalgia even though soda fountains were before my time. (I'm old enough that I remember *seeing* a few soda counters, but I have no idea if they actually mixed sodas anymore at that time). It starts out with about 50 pages of history on soda fountains. Giasullo and Freeman explain the origins of the term "soda jerk" (the guy behind the counter mixing your soda), give a few historical accounts of the dangers of working with carbonated water, and even offer a little history on their place, the Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain. The recipes start out with the syrups, and some (like the cola syrup) are complex and involved. Several of them call for *exotic* ingredients like "orange flower water" and "dried hibiscus flowers," but those are almost always listed as "optional." I went for the simpler recipes, which are actually very easy - and tasty!

Although you can mix a simple soda with the syrup, subsequent sections use them in floats and egg creams (something I'd never heard of). The book is well organized, with cross references for where each recipe is used. The authors explain the proper techniques for making egg cremes and advocate artfully hanging the ice cream on the edge of the "float glass" for your floats (it could do with more pictures, however). Several of the syrups also produce a compote which can be used as toppings for ice cream and other treats. In fact, the book seems to have recipes for everything you can order at the Brooklyn Farmacy, even the ice cream sundaes and splits plus the toppings to go with them, as well as the milkshakes and baked goodies they serve.

And homemixed sodas turned out to be more popular with my family than I expected.
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This book is a revival of the soda fountains that occurred during the Prohibition years. A man who was on a mission to open a soda fountain shop that introduces how to make a egg cream and many other favorites making his own organic syrups, fudge sauces and other baked goods to the public. Excellent book how the history of the soda jerk and soda fountain came to be from the 1890s to 1940s. When you are in New York, visit Brooklyn Farmacy and experience the drinks, history and the food experience and culture of the Soda Fountain has revived in modern times.
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