Cider Planet: Exploring the Producers, Practices, and Unique Traditions of Craft Cider and Perry from Around the World
Published by: Chelsea Green Publishing
Imprint: Chelsea Green Publishing
Sales Date: 2022-09-23
Published: September 2022
Imprint: Chelsea Green Publishing
Page Count: 336 Pages
Illustrations: Full-color photographs throughout
Dimensions: 178.00 x 254.00
336 Pages, 178.00 x 254.00 x 32.00 mm, Full-color photographs throughout
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From internationally-acclaimed author and fermented beverage expert Claude Jolicoeur comes a globe-trotting, full-color cultural history and guide celebrating the methods, terroir, and traditions of world-class cider.
In Cider Planet, Claude Jolicoeur—a longtime, passionate cider maker and author of the international bestseller New Cider Maker’s Handbook—takes readers with him to the world’s greatest cider regions, providing an expertly guided tour laced with his deep understanding and appreciation for how this “Prince of Beverages” is made.
Inside Cider Planet you’ll find:
- Descriptions of global orchard practices
- Specific apple varieties used in different countries and regions
- Detailed histories of the world’s oldest ciderlands
- Profiles of different cider styles and rituals
- Tips and tricks from some of the most knowledgeable cider producers
Cider, long perceived as a European country drink, is now truly a worldwide culinary delight. Jolicoeur talks about new and emergent regions that have contributed to this growing appreciation, and how they are building upon the old traditions while creating their own new ones. He explores, for example, the most revered areas for making perry, a delightful but little-known drink that, like cider, is starting to gain fans young and old. And he even transports readers to Kazakhstan in central Asia, famous as the “birthplace of the domestic apple.”
Real cider, craft cider, farm cider, artisan cider: Whatever you wish to call it, at its best, cider should be enjoyed like a fine wine, with all of the sophistication but less of the pretentiousness. Just as there are many volumes devoted to the great wine regions of the world, we now need a “cider appreciation” manual to fully understand and delve into the rich culture of cider and perry. Cider Planet is that book, and Claude Jolicoeur is our experienced and enthusiastic guide. For the traveler or foodie, this book transports the reader around the world with wonderful stories and insight that will leave you thirsty for a fresh glass of fermented fruit.
"Claude’s unique involvement with the international craft cider scene makes him the perfect guide for the rest of us. He takes a deep look at the way that traditional and industrial cider processes have come to differ as much as they do, and he explores the distinct histories of ciders and perries in different countries and the way in which their fruit and climate have influenced their drinks. Along the way, he introduces us to some exceptional cider making personalities worldwide. In the light of the huge revival of interest in craft cider and its differentiation from the mainstream, this book is both timely and fascinating."
—Andrew Lea, author of Craft Cider Making
"In his new guide to global cider, Claude Jolicoeur offers a characteristically thorough overview of regional traditions and emerging trends. His even-handed descriptions of cider styles, fruit selections, and production methods describe the various influences shaping this often-misunderstood drink. What is ‘modern’ cider? How does it contrast with traditional and more artisanal styles? This is a very helpful and unbiased survey for those planning travel destinations, or are curious to learn where favorite local producers fit within the big picture of the Cider Planet."
—David Buchanan, owner, Portersfield Cider; author of Taste, Memory
"In typical erudite fashion, Claude brings his encyclopedic knowledge of orcharding practice, cidery process, and apple and pear varieties with him. Whether it’s being transported to Kazakhstan (the birthplace of the domestic apple), wandering the perry orchards of Herefordshire with Tom Oliver, exploring the diversity of apple varieties from North America, or a visit to any of cider’s other homes, this is the perfect accompaniment for a fascinating pomologically inspired voyage."
—Susanna Forbes, Little Pomona Orchard & Cidery
"Cider Planet is a delightfully written how-to, history, and travelogue all rolled into one fantastic read. Over the decades, Claude Jolicoeur has become one of the world’s most knowledgeable and articulate cider geeks. If you are a seasoned cider veteran or just getting curious, Cider Planet is for you."
—John Bunker, apple historian; author of Apples and the Art of Detection
"A delightful and deeply researched guide to the world’s best drink. Required reading for every ciderhead."
—Rowan Jacobsen, author of Apples of Uncommon Character