A sampler of delights rather than an in depth encyclopedia, the Apple Source Book nevertheless provides a great tasting of what should be a great British past-time. Short essays cover factual details which build an historical and geographical introducion to the topic. Along with a gazeteer of apple types by location, lots of tasty apple based recipees, and a very simple how to guide for various basics, the book perhaps lacks some of the technical detail that some readers may be looking for. A reasonable list of references helps overcome this. But the key message is to look more carefully at what trees you may have in your neighbourhood, take some time to identify, and, finally, celebrate this king of fruits. Excpect an upsurge of scrumping and pagan wasail festivals in the autumn..
Not just an interesting source of information about our national fruit heritage ,but an important one.
Clearly organised,very well researched and beautifully illustrated.With books like this It can only be a matter of time before people are demanding more choice of apples in the shops so as to try out some of the amazing apple choices still thankfully out there somewhere.
If they havent been inspired to plant their own community orchards that is!
An ideal coverage of everything concerned with apple production/products. Short chapters are seemingly designed to whet your appetite & point you further. As someone planning a small orchard as part of retirement, I found a wealth of inspiration rather than the frustration that some previous books have lead to.