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The soda fountain : floats, sundaes, egg creams & more--stories & flavors of an American original
2014
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  Library Journal Review

Traditional treats get a 21st-century twist in this debut from Freeman and his sister Giasullo, owners of Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain. After five chapters of substantial beverage and business history, the authors share recipes for soda syrups; floats and egg creams that combine syrup, seltzer, and store-bought ice cream; sundaes that incorporate homemade toppings; and baked goods. Using the very precise tool and resource recommendations, readers can easily re-create Brooklyn Farmacy favorites down to the exact glass, straw, and scoop. VERDICT A perfect summer cookbook filled with classic recipes you'll want to dig right into. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

With the soda fountain revival in full bubble nationwide, this cookbook from the founders of Brooklyn Farmacy arrives just in time, bearing all sorts of drinkable confections. The authors honor their subject's long legacy with a well-researched history of soda fountains from the 19th century to their decline in the 1960s and 1970s. Then it's on to the recipes, some of which call for specialty gear such as a whipped cream dispenser or a banana split boat. Soda syrups run the gamut from typical cherry and vanilla cream to hibiscus and concord grape. Even recipes for homemade cola and ginger soda are included. The creations veer from the traditional egg cream to the Brooklyn artisanal-minded Hog on a Hot Tin Roof with bacon peanut brittle. Classic baked goods-Chocolate Whoopie Pies, ginger snaps, and an apple crumb pie round out the offerings. The discussion throughout is lively and humorous yet reverent, but the appeal of some of the recipes depends to an extent on the reader's enthusiasm and commitment to making these labor-intensive treats. 70 color photos. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
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. <br> <br> Today's soda fountain revival--not only in Brooklyn but in cities like Philadelphia and San Francisco--is remaking this quaint institution into a stylish and compelling food trend by recreating bygone treats like sodas, egg creams, and floats with local, seasonal, and artisanal ingredients. Combining delectable ice cream confections with natural sodas, syrups, tinctures, and phosphates, the recipes are both splendidly nostalgic (The Purple Cow, Cherry Lime Rickey) and charmingly innovative (The Sundae of Broken Dreams). Featuring abundant photography of the recipes and Brooklyn Farmacy's gorgeously restored interior, plus vintage illustrations and ads, this mouthwatering book proves that the soda fountain is a culinary and cultural institution worth championing.
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