From History and Heritage to the Craft Cider Revolution
Gabe Cook has anointed himself a ciderologist which he defines as a practitioner of the study, teaching and championing of cider. He has the credential to back it up, from his birth in the heart of Britain's cider country, to employment at some of the world's leading cider producers, a stint working for a New Zealand Craft Cider maker to his job as Communications Officer of the National Association of Cider Makers, and service as Head Judge at the World Cider Awards. Ciderology: From History and Heritage to the Craft Cider Revolution is Gabe Cook's first book. He covers the current state of cider, the history of cider, apples, orchards, cider making, styles of cider and Perry, the world of cider, cider customs and cider and food. Cook is an exuberant and infectious writer and his enthusiasm for cider flows from his book to the reader. His history of cider is especially good and he has an understanding of the world of cider from the orchard to the bottle and from the small craft producer to the international behemoth. Cook understands the cider market better than most writers on cider. His take on cider styles is interesting - there are several different takes of cider styles depending on what kind of producer you are and what you market is and Cook tries to bridge these. He provides several examples of the different styles and also different national styles. Cook writes well and his book is well illustrated and entertaining. This is a good book for those interested in the world of cider - probably of more interest to cider drinkers, sellers and marketers than to cider makers. I enjoyed it and recommend it.