Hard cider helped build North America, and this ode to the fermented drink sometimes referred to as scrumpy begins with a snapshot of that forgotten history and then goes on to present the most comprehensive guide to tasting and appreciating the diversity of today's rapidly growing cider movement. An overview of how cider is made and a tasting tutorial prepare readers for the heart of the book: Profiles of 100 ciders -- from dessert ciders, spiced ciders, and hopped ciders to perry -- along with 30 recipes for pairing and cooking with cider, plus 30 cider-based cocktails. More than two dozen stories bring to life the men and women who produce some of the hottest craft ciders around -- including 2 Towns Ciderhouse in Oregon, Blackbird Cider Works in New York, and Cidrerie Michel Jodoin in Quebec.
Erin James is the editor-in-chief of CiderCraft and Sip Northwest magazines. A tenured food, beverage, and travel writer, she has been published in Washington State Wine, Seattle Met Bride & Groom, WINO Magazine, and Seattle Weekly. She lives in Seattle and can be found online at cidercraftmag.com.