Friday, August 1, 2014

Review: The Soda Fountain by Gia Giasullo and Peter Freeman

A collection of 70 recipes celebrating the history and stories of the classic American soda fountain from one of the most-celebrated revival soda fountains in the country, Brooklyn Farmacy.

A century ago, soda fountains on almost every Main Street in America served as the heart of the community, where folks shared sundaes, sodas, ice cream floats, and the news of the day. A quintessentially American institution, the soda fountain still speaks of a bygone era of innocence and ease. When Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain opened its doors in 2010, it launched a revival of this great American original, capturing the hearts of a new generation.

Featuring abundant full-color photography and vintage illustrations and advertisements, The Soda Fountain explores a rich history—from the origins of seltzer in the nineteenth century, through the transformation of soda during Prohibition and the Depression years, right up to today’s fountain renaissance. Featured recipes range from classics like the Purple Cow and Cherry Lime Rickey to contemporary innovations that have made Brooklyn Farmacy famous, like The Sundae of Broken Dreams (topped with caramel sauce and broken pretzel bits) and Makin’ Whoopie! Sundae (with hot fudge and mini chocolate whoopie cakes). 

Recreating beloved treats like egg creams and milkshakes with local, seasonal, and artisanal ingredients, Gia Giasullo and Peter Freeman, the sibling cofounders of Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain, teach you how to resurrect the proud American soda fountain tradition at your own kitchen counter. With its fascinating anecdotes, mouth-watering pictures and easy-to-follow steps,this nostalgic cookbook proves that the soda fountain is a culinary and cultural institution that continues to delight.

Received for review.

I just love cookbooks and was thrilled to discover this gorgeous book!

It was really fun to read the initial chapters about the history of soda fountains and their place in our culture.  The chapter on the effects of the Jazz Age and Prohibition on the soda fountain were especially interesting and informative.

Then there were the recipes!  I loved that they thoroughly detailed just how to make each flavor of syrup you need.  Who knew you could make ginger, hibiscus, or coffee syrups at home?

With such fabulous names as The Pink Poodle, The Purple Cow, The Wake-Up Call, and Gosh Nog It! it's hard not to love the float recipes at first sight!  Then there were the lovely sundae recipes, which also have lovely names such as The Elvis and Hog On a Hot Tin Roof.  The milkshakes were also amazing with names like Seven-Layer Apple Parfait and Cherry Blossom.  The toppings were also amazing with the Hot Mama Crumble and Candied Bacon Bits.  I also can't wait to try the recipes for Spice Bundt Cake and Chocolate Wafers.

This is an amazing collection of delicious recipes and you will most certainly find at least a few that you'll enjoy.  I definitely highly recommend this!

★★★★★ = Loved It


Ryan said...

Sounds like a lot of fun. I love cookbooks that also teaches about the history of the subject matter.

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