In the world of cider products are very limited compared to other beverages. To help fill that gap people like Susanna Forbes are writing books on the topic. We recently received a copy of her book “The Cider Insider” and were intrigued the moment we opened it. The book is small dimensionally making it easy to carry around for travel and takes up little shelf space which is always a good thing. The front cover gives you a very honest peak into what fills the pages “The essential guide to 100 craft ciders to drink now”. That is about as clear as it gets and the best part is this encompasses many difference countries. Yes you heard that right 100 ciders from around the world that we get to take a look into. The countries include: England, Spain, Germany, USA, Australia and a few others.
The cider pages themselves are structured in a compelling manner including the cideries name, cider name, the region it is in, the life story amongst other facts. The true calling of the page is in the main part of the page though which describes mostly information about the cidery itself and delves into the details and flavors of the cider. This feels like the rawest and most insightful way to look at the ciders themselves and learn about what else you might like in that cider category. The stories and ciders themselves are compelling and keep you turning the pages. As mentioned before the glossary is not to be overlooked. There are great tidbits of information back there and definitions to some of ciders most used terminology.
Amongst the ciders there are a couple other cool pieces of information in the book including a cider and perry flavor guide, a glossary of terms and a list of other recommended cider books. Each region also gets a feature with information about their cider region as well as some recommended other websites and places to explore. Overall the book is laid out in an organized manner making it easy to flip through and a fun read for those of us who do not get worldly ciders. We would recommend this for the cider expert to the everyday cider hobbyist. Well I guess we have to get going so we can try each and every cider in the book!
The Good: The book is an easy and fun read for the cider connoisseur and is well laid out
The Meh: Once you read this, you will likely not pick it up again quickly but this is a great reference for flavors and styles that can guide your cider journey.
Worth A Read?: Yes, we will read up on our worldly ciders and this easy to carry guide should accompany you on your next trip or cozy read by the fire or pool.
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