Ciderland

Ciderland

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The West Country is justly famous for its wide variety of delicious ciders. Over the last thirty years there has been a quiet revolution in the area with a steady growth in cider producers, from small, local companies to well-established outfits pumping out millions of gallons a year. In this book, James Crowden charts the development of cider making in the West Country, from the sixteenth century monks to the diverse industry of today. Crowden takes us on a tour around the beautiful and fragrant West Country orchards, outlining the differing manufacturing methods, and investigates the differences between a farm-house cider and an industrially manufactured one.He shows how the best cider makers translate their passion into the process and treat each different batch of cider like winemakers would a vintage. He also takes a look at the rise of perry making and profiles the companies dedicated to getting the best out of the West Country pears. "Ciderland" includes comprehensive summaries and descriptions of every cider and cider producer in the West Country and covers topics such as cider folk traditions and remedies, placing cider making firmly within the local culture.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 208 x 262 x 18mm | 1,020.58g
  • Birlinn General
  • BIRLINN LTD
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • colour illustrations throughout
  • 1841586277
  • 9781841586274
  • 364,589

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WINNER OF THE 2008 ANDRE SIMON BOOK AWARD, DRINK CATEGORY WINNER OF THE 2009 INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CULINARY PROFESSIONALS WINE, BEER AND SPIRITS BOOK AWARD The West Country is justly famous for its wide variety of delicious ciders. Over the last thirty years there has been a quiet revolution in the area with a steady growth in cider producers, from small, local companies to well-established outfits pumping out millions of gallons a year. In this book, James Crowden charts the development of cider making in the West Country, from the sixteenth century monks to the diverse industry of today. Crowden takes us on a tour around the beautiful and fragrant West Country orchards, outlining the differing manufacturing methods, and investigates the differences between a farm-house cider and an industrially manufactured one. He shows how the best cider makers translate their passion into the process and treat each different batch of cider like winemakers would a vintage. He also takes a look at the rise of perry making and profiles the companies dedicated to getting the best out of the West Country pears. Ciderland includes comprehensive summaries and descriptions of almost every cider and cider producer in the West Country and covers topics such as cider folk traditions and remedies, placing cider making firmly within the local culture.show more

About James Crowden

James Crowden was born in Plymouth in 1954. In 1972, he joined the army and spent many years in the Far East. After settling back in Britain, he worked as a shepherd, sheep shearer, cider maker and forester. He now lives in Somerset and is a full-time writer.show more

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"A great insight into the history and the traditional methods of producing first rate cider and perry, a fascinating read," -- --Mark Hix "--Mark Hix"show more
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