‘The Soda Fountain’ by Gia Giasullo and Peter Freeman

'The Soda Fountain' by Gia Giasullo and Peter FreemanApparently soda water is medicinal – or, back in the early 1900s, it was once thought as such. Nowadays, New York City lawmakers are trying (and failing) to ban soda whereas pharmacy’s around the country used to provide this magical tonic to ‘stimulate circulation and respiration’.

Although most soda fountains shuttered their doors decades ago, recent years have seen a rebirth of this American institution through both local revival stores and illustrative cookbooks. One such tome, ‘The Soda Fountain’, written by the brother & sister team/proprietors of the Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain, is a wonderful combination of cookbook and historical essay – filled with beautiful imagery, enchanting typography, tricks of the trade, and nothing but sweets. Egg creams, milkshakes, sundaes, syrups, cakes, cookies, and more … this book is a dieters worst nightmare.

My favorite section, and the pages most likely to be dog-eared, would have to be the section labeled, ‘Not in a Temperance Mood?’ – a soda fountain’s response to the 1920s prohibition era. I can already imagine the picture-perfect and delicious drinks I could produce during my next dinner party, girls night, or picnic. Who wouldn’t want to try ‘The Wimbledon’ – a mixture of strawberries, lime, heavy cream and gin; or a ‘Mead Julep’ – a mixture of bourbon, Brooklyn Farmacy-specialty New Orleans Mead Syrup, and mint.

'The Soda Fountain' by Gia Giasullo and Peter Freeman

I am not sure if I should head into the kitchen and start creating, or head to the train station to make my way into the Brooklyn-based shop. Either way, I have a feeling that, although soda fountain drinks may no longer be deemed ‘medicinal’, this treat will surely bring me a smile. Affugazi Affogato – I can hear you calling my name!

Salon Summary

RECOMMENDABILITY: 4 {out of 5} stars | ★★★★☆
REPETITIVE READABILITY: 4 {out of 5} stars | ★★★★☆
RATING: 4 {out of 5} stars | ★★★★☆

HerLiterarySalon.com received this book as a gift from Blogging for Books|The Crown Publishing Group.