following is a list of books relating to apple growing,
cider making, pear growing and perry making . Some
of the books relating to cider making also cover
perry making and where this occurs it is indicated.
This list was compiled in the late 1990s by Gillian
Grafton, and might be a little out of date now.
and Cider Making
by Great Britain Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries,
and Food. Published by Her Majesty's Stationery
Office, London. 1972. SBN 11 240507 X. - A very
complete guide to setting up and managing an apple
orchard. Includes advice on tree grafting.
A Guide to the Identification of International
Varieties. by John Bultitude. Published by
MacMillan Press, London. 1983. ISBN 0-333 34971
7. - A good guide with pictures on how to identify
your apple tree.
Apples of England by H.V. Taylor. Published
by Crossby Lockwood and Son Ltd., London. 1945.
ISBN ? - Covers apple growing, tree characteristics
and selection of types for cider making.
Handbook of Fruit Set and Development by Shaul
P. Monselise. Published by CRC Press Inc., Boca
Raton, Florida. ISBN 0-8493-3260-5. - A very technical
guide covering apple cultivation.
Fruits of Britain. Their Origin and History.
by F.A. Roach. Published by Basil Blackwell Publisher
Ltd. Oxford, UK. 1985. SIBN 0-631-13969-9. - A
fascinating and well researched book covering
the history of fruit growing in the UK. Covers
apple and pear growing and the making of cider
and perry. Well worth a read.
Fruit Manual: A Guide to the Fruits and Fruit
Trees of Great Britain by Dr. Robert Hogg.
5th Edition. Published by The Royal Horticultural
Society, London. 1884. - An unequalled book. Lists
hundreds of varieties of both apples and pears
together with detailed instructions on how to
identify trees from their fruit. This book was
highly influential in saving the enormous varieties
of apples and pears found in England at the time
and contributed greatly to saving the cider and
perry industries. Its importance cannot be overstated.
Book of Apples by Joan Morgan and Alison Richards.
1st edition. Published by Ebury Press, London.
ISBN 0-09-177759-3. 1993 - In addition to a rather
extensive catalog of dessert and cooking apples,
included a chapter on cider and a small directory
of cider apples. I'd recommend it to anyone "into"
apples in some fashion.
English Apple by Rosanne Sanders. 1st edition.
Published by Phaidon in association with the Royal
Horitcultural Society. Oxford. ISBN 0-7148-2498-4.
1988 - A nicely illustrated book containing 122
of Cultivars in the UK National Fruit Collection.
Published by Wye College, University of London
and the Brogdale Horticultural Trust. March 1992.
- A complete listing of all of the cultivars available
in the UK National Collection. Available only
via The Brogdale Horticultural Trust.
Cider by Jo Deal. 2nd Edition (8th impression).
Published by G.W. Kent Inc., 3667 Morgan Road,
Ann Arbor, MI 48108, USA. 1993. ISBN 0-9619072-1-5.
- A terrific little book published by a talented
amateur cider maker who lives in the heart of
the English cider-making country. She has benefitted
from teaching from local cider makers and passes
on a lot of expertise and handy tips. For the
homebrewer of cider, if you only get one book
on cider making, this should be it. In the UK
you can get this book from Brew Books, 4 Lytles
Close, Formby, Liverpool L37 4BT. Tel/Fax 01704
and Juice Apples: Growing and Processing Edited
by R.R. Williams. 1st Edition. Published by The
University of Bristol Printing Unit. ISBN ? -This
book is a series of articles by world leading
experts in the fields of cider making and cider
apple growing. It is aimed squarely at the professional
grower for whom this is the definitive authoritative
text. If you are seriously thinking of going into
cider making on a professional footing, you must
read this. It is available via The Cider Museum,
Pomona Place, Hereford, Herefordshire HR4 0LW,
UK. Tel. 01432 354207.
Cider Drinks by Francis Beswick. 1st Edition.
Published by heart of Albion Press, 2 Cross Hill
Close, Wymeswold, Loughborough, LE12 6UJ., UK.
1994. - A short (29 pages) but informative book
on the basics of cider making, containing some
old recipes not found elsewhere, for example sorb
apple cider, cyser containing such herbs as lavender,
rosemary, borage, and Bishops (a traditional type
of mulled cider).
Art of Cidermaking by Paul Correnty. 1st
Edition. Published by Brewers Publications, USA.
1995. ISBN 0-937381-42-X. - A great resource for
North American cider makers. Contains a wide range
of recipes, eg raspberry cider , as well as detailed
Making and Cider Research: A Review by F.W.
Beech. Published in The Journal of the Institute
of Brewing Volume 78 (1972) pages 477-491. - Dr.
Beech was for a long time a scientist working
at the Long Ashton Research Station at the University
of Bristol, UK, researching into cider making.
This review covers the entire process of commercial
cider making from a scientific point of view.
Despite being in a technical journal it is highly
readable and would be intelligible to the non-specialist.
Recommended if you want to highly detailed knowledge
about cider making.
History and Virtues of Cyder by Dr. Roger
K. French. Published by Robert Hale Limited. 1982.
ISBN 0-312-37412-7, also ISBN 0-7091-9147-2 is
listed. - Not extremely useful so much for making
cider as much as for portraying the history of
English cider making. The book is full of nice
engravings of "olde tyme" presses, mills, etc.
and the people who operated them. There is much
folklore on the topics of cyder and perry as well
as other lesser known potables.
Drink For Its Time by M.B. Quinion. 1st Edition.
1979 ISBN 0 906893 00 3. Published by Museum of
Cider Ltd., The Cider Mills, Ryelands Street,
Hereford HR4 0LE. - A short (24 pages) pamphlet
giving a brief history of farm cider making in
the western counties of England. Some interesting
historical material and quite a number of old
black and white photographs dating back over one
by M.B. Quinion. 1st Edition. 1982. ISBN 0 85263
614 8. Published by Shire Publications Ltd, Cromwell
House, Church Street, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire
HP17 9AJ, UK as the Shire Album 95. - Essentially
an updated (now 32 pages) version of A Drink
For Its Time. Much of the text and many of
the photographs are the same. Of the two this
is the better buy since it includes slightly more
text, but also a useful list of cidermakers and
places to visit.
A Century of Cider-Making by L.P. Wilkinson.
1st Edition. 1987. ISBN 0-7153-9116-X. Published
by David and Charles Publishers plc, Brunel House,
Newton Abbot, Devon, UK. - Commissioned by Bulmers
to celebrate their centenary in 1987, this book
was written by a firm family friend. Despite that
it manages to be an entertaining and largely independent
and honest appraisal of the world's largest cider
making firm. It fails only in the last chapter
which reads as a dry management manual rather
than the lively exposition of the rest of the
book. It is a fascinating history of the firm
and a rewarding read.
& Hard Cider by Annie Proulx & Lew
Nichols, Garden Way Publishing. 1980 ISBN 0-88266-352-6
- Here is a pretty good book on North American
cider and where to get cider apples and good traditional
NA ways of making it.
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to the Heads of Families in three Essays:I. On
Cyder-Wine, Prepared in Copper Vessels, with Hints
for the Improvement of Cyder, Perry and other
Fruit Liquers. by A.
Fothergill. Printed by R. Cruttwell of Bath. 1790.
- A rare pamphlet in which the author, a physician,
investigates the composition of ciders produced
at the time. In doing so he inadvertently gives
a detailed and highly entertaing description of
some of the processes involved in cider making
of the time. If you ever get the opportunity to
read this it is well worth doing so!
Rural Economy of Gloucestershire by Marshall.
1796. - Another fine, rare book. The author made
a very careful study of all of the rural practices
of not only Gloucestershire, but also Herefordshire
and Worcestershire. There is an exemplary description
of the cider making process common in Herfordshire
at the time. The descriptions of mills and presses
are so detailed that it would be perfectly possible
to reproduce them exactly.
Herefordshire Pomona by Dr. Robert Hogg. Published
by The Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club between
1876-1885. - The most influential of all of Dr.
Hogg's publications. This is a rare and very beautiful
book containing illustrations of all apple varieties
growing in Herefordshire in 1872. Worth going
a long way to see. A copy is on public display
at The Cider Museum, Hereford.
Makers' Manual: A Practical Handbook by J.S.
Buell. Published in Buffalo NY by Haas and Kelly.
1869. - Brevity and concise diction are concepts
completely foreign to J.S.Buell. Rambling and
long winded in a pleasant colloquial manner was
more his style. None- the-less this book contains
a wealth of information on the production of a
traditional cider in North America. Greg Appleyard.
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and Perry Making
by Great Britain Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries
and Food. Published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office. 1973. SBN 11 240508
8. - A very detailed book on how to plant and
manage a commercial pear orchard. Includes detailed
instructions on tree grafting and pruning.
Pears Edited by L.C. Luckwill and A. Pollard.
Published by the University of Bristol for The
National Fruit and Cider Institute. 1963. ISBN
? - A thorough and comprehensive book. Covers
pear varieties, how to identify them, propagate
them, and how to manage a perry pear orchard.
Has a good description of the principles and practice
of perry making. Highly recommended.
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