Not a paid production, but I was asked..
I was approached by a lovely lady from WatkinsPublishing.com via my website comment form to review a book. Now lovers of my blog know that it isn't always grammatically correct, it's honest, it's how I talk, it is purely and simply me. So with all this in mind I actually thought it was an elaborate hoax from a friend 'having a laugh'. I hope you all enjoy my first 'can you review my goodies' blog.
BOOK COVER ART
I DO initially judge a book by it's cover, it needs to be attractive, it needs to entice you to turn the page or flip to the back cover to find out about the book. I don't think book cover designers get the shouting that they deserve, they attract a new reader to the book, its then down to the authors writing skills to keep the new reader hooked.
Jade Wheaton designed the front cover of Brew It Yourself. The cover is vibrant, clean, simple fun and straight to the point. But, this front cover is different to most hard backs without a jacket. The entire design wraps around from the front to the back and this I love, already there is a continuity about this book. This book would have caught my eye had it been facing me and from the side it would have stood out just that little more. I love a book without a jacket it's not hiding behind a glossy exterior pretending to be what it isn't.
BEER and something different
Brew It Yourself is essentially a recipe book like no other. Yes it has a foreword, an Index and it is in sections. But what drinks recipe book do you know that tells you to make notes, and, to do away with the exact measurements? Although may I suggest.. if you over egg it with the ingredients, make the notes to self to NOT put a giants handful of Lavender in next time, a more genteel ladies handful maybe required, and, vice versa.
I love the sound of Raspberry and Thyme Whisky, Ginger Ale and the simple sounding Easy Mead, which is followed by a page about honey and bees.
It makes me believe that maybe next year I can out do my brothers Plum Gin (which is very morish I might add), with a drink far superior to Meths, like.., I don't know, a Rumtopt (page 154). Maybe that's a bit too adventurous for a complete beginner, maybe I'll start with 'Rich's Sangri - ahhhh'
But do you know- the annoying Dandelion that pops up in the middle of your immaculately mown lawn, or, a glut of them appearing in the veg patch as if by magic even gets a recipe in this book.
Most of all when my Rhubarb grows next year I AM going to try the Rhubarb and Vanilla Liqueur! Even if I have to drink it all myself.
Two Thirsty Gardeners as Nick and Rich are known, are lucky enough to have their own allotment. But gardening and creating drinks isn't their full time job. Nick has his own business called Inkcap Design. And Rich is a Freelance Designer. Brew It Yourself is born out of a love for apples. As children they spent their weekends hedgehopping into Orchards, climbing up the trees to get the tastiest juiciest apple. Actually that's probably a lie. However didn't everyone in love with nature and adventure as a child hedgehop and pinch the odd Crab Apple to find you've half eaten a maggot, a bad bit and the fact it didn't taste nice at all.
Pardon?! Oh sorry must only be me that's done that. Sorry.
They spent it stirring cooking pots of Elderflower with Grandma and watching Dad brew things in the garage in the 70's/80's. But now they pilfer fruit from friends and family. So if they visit give em a bag of fruit and veg, or, just snigger as they try to smuggle carrots out in a Madonna style fashion.
Nick and Rich have appeared on The Alan Titchmarsh Show talking Cider and their home made cider press. But I'll let you read their version of events via their blog 'Alan Calling'.
For the people who can't wait to start and have a tin of fruit in the cupboard there is a recipe for that! The man from Delmonte he says YES! Other tins of fruit are available. TwoThirsty Gardeners have a website that has a Veg Plot section and a Brewing Shed section which are very informative. Check them out on Twitter and Facebook.
And if I've wet your appetite for the book here's a link to Amazon and Waterstones.
Do you brew your own? Maybe you have an awesome recipe you'd like to share with the lads?
Then here is their contact details.
This is a book I am not giving away!
I will be heading down the high street to buy one for my Brother!
It's a hit for anyone thinking about brewing their own!
It's a God send to all the friends and families who suffer the dodgy Elderberry wine every year.
Tunes for the blog
The Wurzels - 'I Am A Cider Drinker'
Oh come on you knew that was going to make an appearance.
Wretch 32 ft L Marshall - Traktor
The Flowerpot Men - Let's go to San Francisco
Here's a secret my first pop star crush was Davy Jones. This week this tune has been my earworm
The Monkees - Pleasant Valley Sunday
Have a great weekend and week ahead people. Thanks for stopping by. Catch you next week.