The History and Virtues of Cyder Paperback – 30 Sep 2010
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About the Author
Roger French studied zoology at St Catherine's College, Oxford and took a D.Phil. in the history of science, working on medicine in the eighteenth century. He was a lecturer in the history of science at the Universities of Leicester and Aberdeen and lecturer and Director of the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine at the University of Cambridge. This book is the result of a combination of academic research and practical experience: Roger bought a cide-mill cottage in the 1960s where he made, and drank, a great deal of cider, recovering centuries-old techniques and preserving old varieties of cider fruit. He died in 2002.
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Tom Oliver from Oliver's Cider & Pery
French argues that it is time for a renaissance in cyder, and takes the potential cyder-maker through all the necessary stages from planting and pressing to laying down the first vintage. A glossary explains how the cyder-maker pothers his apples with a panking-pole and storing them in tumps, ensuring that the fruit becomes daddicky, dotey or mosey.
With this book to hand and a little patience, a new breed of cyder-makers might once again be able to stand in the open round a roaring fire to celebrate the ancient custom of 'Hulloa Old Cyder'.
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The very first sentence in the Introduction is "Cyder is no longer made." Oh please, hyperbole much? You get the impression from his detailed information that it must still be made somewhere, in some quantity, otherwise it would read more like a historical re-creation from source documents and less like "here's how to get involved in this exciting revival that's going on".
Not that I can't get behind a movement to bring back traditional craft brewing/vinting techniques; I'm a home brewer myself and have made some meads and beers from early recipes. If he had talked about "real cider" versus "common cider" or something like that it would've been fine, but his insistence on "cyder" sounds stuffy and pedantic.
Also, on a technical note, the binding on my copy is pretty fragile. Hopefully the 1990 edition has a higher quality binding (though the 1982 cover is much more interesting, I think).
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