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World's Best Cider
The UK edition
The US edition
World's Best Cider:
Taste, Tradition and Terroir, from Somerset to Seattle
World’s Best Ciders is the first book to showcase the world of cider, from its origins as a thirst-quencher for farm workers to its present as a rival to champagne.
Travelling from the Old to the New World and teaching us not only how to taste it but how to cook with it, Pete Brown and Bill Bradshaw explore every aspect of this fascinating drink and the people who produce it. Here you’ll discover what Johnny Appleseed really planted, find out what the Magners’ effect is and learn why perry is a miracle drink.
Beginning in the sidrerias of Asturias, Spain, where cider has been part of the culture for thousands of years, the authors then travel north to Normandy and Brittany in France, to the famous cider regions of Somerset, the Three Counties and Wales in the UK and then across the Atlantic, to New England and Quebec where cider is being re-invented, taken out of bars and into restaurants. Over 200 ciders are described in detail, with tasting notes, and illustrated with hundreds of Bill Bradshaw’s inspiring and beautiful photographs.
This is a story that has never been told. It is a story that will appeal to the novice and the expert alike.
Behind the Blurb
Cider to me is the world's most misunderstood drink. And it's misunderstood in different ways wherever you find it. After ten years writing about beer cider seemed like the next obvious thing for me to explore, and when I met Bill Bradshaw, award-winning photographer, Somerset resident and cider aficionado, it all fell into place. We quickly realised no one had written a cider equivalent of the many beautifully produced guides you can buy to beer, wine or pretty much any other drink, so we decided to remedy that. We realised that in each of the world's great cider cultures, people had an inward looking approach and didn't really compare and contrast themselves with other cultures around the world - in many cases, people who make and drink cider in one country are unaware there's anyone else doing it! So we brought it altogether for the first time.
"World’s Best Cider is a brilliant and thorough guide to this misunderstood drink. For afficionados and beginners alike it’s exactly what’s needed, as despite a lot of detail its refreshingly ‘everyman’ - the writing being heart warming and as full of fizz the drinks inside. This book should be printed in map form so you can take it in your car or suitcase to whichever country holds the promise of this magic beverage. Works such as this build a crossable bridge away from popular overly sweet nonsense towards old world and new methods of cider making that are retuning in a golden tide. The wonderful photos fill the book with a sense of history and missing teeth while adding a lot to a real feeling and accessibility which spill out of these pages. Buy it!" Valentine Warner, chef
"The ultimate, the pinnacle of cider writing... you can immediately throw every other book ever written about cider in the bin ." Western Daily Press (read full review)
"A book to enthuse both amateur and expert alike." Food and Travel Magazine
"A beautiful book, filled with exceptional photography, World’s Best Ciders is on its way to becoming a bookshelf staple for those who enjoy ciders or even just want to learn more about them... an unprecedented guide to the world of artisanal ciders." Philly Beer Scene(read full review)
"Pete Brown is one of the most distinctive voices in British beer writing, and Bill Bradshaw is a talented Somerset-based photographer. They're the perfect team to attempt this hugely ambitious overview of the cider boom taking the world by storm, and they've pulled it off magnificently." The Australian (read full review)