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The 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.
Disclaimer. This information is as accurate as I can reasonably manage
but I accept no liability for the contents.
A very complete guide to setting up and managing an apple orchard.
Includes advice on tree grafting.
Apples. A Guide to the Identification of International Varieties.
by John Bultitude. Published by MacMillan Press, London. 1983. ISBN 0-333
A good guide with pictures on how to identify your apple tree.
The 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
CRC 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.
Cultivated Fruits of Britain. Their Origin and History. by F.A.
Roach. Published by Basil Blackwell Publisher Ltd. Oxford, UK. 1985. SIBN
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.
The 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.
The 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. Steven Rezsutek.
The English Apple by Rosanne Sanders. 1st edition. Published by
Phaidon in association with the Royal Horitcultural Society. Oxford. ISBN
A nicely illustrated book containing 122 colour pictures.
Catalogue of Cultivars in the UK National Fruit Collection.
Published by Wye College, University of London and the Brogdale Horticultural
Trust. March 1992.
Making Cider by Jo Deal. 2nd Edition (8th impression). Published by
G.W. Kent Inc., 3667 Morgan Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, USA. 1993. ISBN
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 875898
Cider and Juice Apples: Growing and Processing Edited by R.R.
Williams. 1st Edition. Published by The University of Bristol Printing Unit.
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.
Traditional 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).
The Art of Cidermaking1 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
, as well as detailed instructions.
Cider 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.
The 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
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. Tom Messenger.
A 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 hundred
Cidermaking 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.
Bulmers. 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.
Sweet & 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. Marcel Fortin
Cautions 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.
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!
The 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.
The 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
Cider 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.
A very detailed book on how to plant and manage a commercial pear orchard.
Includes detailed instructions on tree grafting and pruning.
Perry Pears Edited by L.C. Luckwill and A. Pollard. Published by
the University of Bristol for The National Fruit and Cider Institute. 1963.
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
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