Cider Country – James Crowden
This book is one of the books of the year that were recommended on the Food Programme on Radio 4.
Cidermaking has been at the heart of country life for hundreds of years. Shropshire borders Herefordshire which is one of the historical centres of cidermaking in the UK and it is a county that still has orchards of cider apple trees. James Crowther’s book is the story of how this drink came into existence and why it became so rooted in the national psyche. He traces the history of the drink stretching back to the ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean and the wild apple forests of Kazakhstan.
The book doesn’t just dwell in the past, Crowther also meets the present day cider makers and finds a quiet revolution in cider making underway.
Hardback. 440 pages.
16cm x 24.2cm x 3.8cm