Cider Books

There are dozens of books—both in-print and out-of-print—about cider and apples. Here are the ones on my bookshelf that I most highly recommend.

Cider Appreciation

World's Best Ciders
World’s Best Ciders: Taste, Tradition, and Terroir

Pete Brown & Bill Bradshaw
October 2013
The first book that documents the ciders of the world in full color. A great starting point for learning about the ciders and cider cultures of the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and more.

Cider Hard and Sweet
Cider, Hard and Sweet: History, Traditions, and Making Your Own

Ben Watson
September 2013 (3rd Edition)

I’ve yet to lay my hands on this edition, but the 1st (1999) and 2nd (2009) editions were the best all-around books on cider from a North American perspective. As the subtitle History, Traditions, and Making Your Own suggests, there’s a lot of information to be uncovered here.

Cider Made Simple by Jeff Alworth
Cider Made Simple: All About Your New Favorite Drink
Jeff Alworth
September 2015

Cider Cocktails by Darlene Hayes
Cider Cocktails: Another Bite of the Apple
Darlene Hayes
July 2015


Apples to Cider by April White and Steve Wood

Apples to Cider: How to Make Cider at Home
April White and Steve Wood
February 2015

The New Cider Maker's Handbook
The New Cider Maker’s Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for Craft Producers
Claude Jolicoeur
October 2013

Craft Cider Making by Andrew Lea

Craft Cider Making (3rd Edition)
Andrew Lea
June 2016

Cider Enthusiasts' Manual by Bill Bradshaw
Cider Enthusiasts’ Manual: The Practical Guide to Growing Apples and Making Cider
Bill Bradshaw
May 2014

How to Grow Apples and Make Cider by Bill Bleasdale
How to Grow Apples and Make Cider
Bill Bleasdale
February 2014


Apples of Uncommon Character -- Rowan Jacobsen
Apples of Uncommon Character: 123 Heirlooms, Modern Classics & Little-Known Wonders
Rowan Jacobsen
September 2014

Apples of North America
Apples of North America: 192 Exceptional Varieties for Gardeners, Growers, and Cooks
Tom Burford
September 2013



James Crowden
September 2008

In Search of Cider by Alan Stone
In Search of Cider: Cider and Cider Makers in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, and Somerset

Alan Stone
May 2012


The Guide to Welsh Perry and Cider by Pete Brown & Bill Bradshaw
The Guide to Welsh Perry and Cider
Pete Brown & Bill Bradshaw
May 2013


Calvados (Neal)
Calvados: The Spirit of Normandy

Charles Neal
August 2011

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