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Tasting Cider: The CIDERCRAFT® Guide to the Distinctive Flavors of North American Hard Cider Paperback – July 25, 2017
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“Erin’s passion for cider can be felt in each page, and readers will come away with a deep understanding of the history, importance, and relevance of cider in the U.S. and across the modern world.” — Ryan Burk, head cider maker, Angry Orchard
“This essential tool for understanding today’s cider boom puts the beverage in delicious context, with a nod to cider’s long heritage, while also suggesting what the future may hold.” — Paul Clarke, executive editor, Imbibe
“Rich with historical perspective, producer profiles, and hip cocktail concoctions, this book adds context for enjoying one of North America’s oldest libations.” — Cynthia Nims, cookbook author and culinary consultant, MonAppetit.com
“There isn't a beverage in America I'm more excited about than cider. From its rich and complex history to the rebirth of ciders at the dining room table, this book captures the dynamic world of cider and the under-appreciated importance of the almighty apple.” — Chef James Rigato, Mabel Gray, Hazel Park, MI
“Eaters of apples and sippers of craft cider are in great luck. Erin James’ new book celebrates orchard owners’ recent transition of growing varietals for flavor and fragrance rather than for looks and shelf life. Locavores will be excited too: recipes for cooking with cider abound, including tender, briny mussels harvested from Puget Sound and paired with earthy cider made from heritage apples. Of course, you’ll serve that with a glass of the same delicious cider. Cheers!” — Tom Douglas, award-winning chef and restauranteur
“An excellent introduction to — and resource for — all things hard cider.” — Chef Ethan Stowell, Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Seattle
About the Author
Erin James is the author of Tasting Cider and the editor-in-chief of CIDERCRAFT® and Sip Northwest magazines. A tenured food, beverage, and travel writer, her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Wino Magazine, Washington State Wine, Seattle Met Bride & Groom, and Seattle Weekly. She lives in Seattle and can be found online at cidercraftmag.com.
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And then finally it occurred to me that I should skip the middle man (the grains) and go straight for the fruit: hard cider. And I figured that out just in time, because hard cider too is having a moment. Artisans are finally getting their due, and the world of hard cider has exploded from just a couple of brands on most store shelves to a wide variety of labels, flavors, styles, and creativity.
The editors of Cidercraft Magazine have put together the ultimate guide to this new hard cider world. Out tomorrow, Tasting Cider is a handbook to this tasty new realm. With gorgeous photographs, a history of cider in America, a glossary, and even recipes for cider cocktails as well as entrees and desserts using cider (Cider Braised Chicken? Woodchuck Cider Pulled Pork? Hard Apple Cider Crisp? Yes, please!), this cider guide is perfect for cider drinkers wanting to learn more about their favorite beverage.
But even better than all that, if that's possible, is the in-depth introduction to cider types and cider makers from across the United States. Barrel-aged ciders, botanical and spiced ciders, orchard-based varieties, hopped ciders, single-varietal ciders, perry, and more--each type of cider gets its time in the spotlight. And while beginners like me can get a road map to many flavorful treats, even experienced cider drinkers can find something in here to learn and to prompt a road trip to a local cider maker, or at least to a local liquor store.
Anyone interested in cider--drinking it, cooking with it, making cider cocktails, or even learning to make it--can find plenty of information and inspiration in Tasting Cider. It's a phenomenal collection of knowledge for cider drinkers of any level or preference, and would make a beautiful gift as well. Cider drinkers need a guide just like this one. I know I did.
Galleys for Tasting Cider were provided by Storey Publishing through NetGalley.com, with many thanks.