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

Cider Hard and Sweet by Ben Watson
Cider, Hard and Sweet: History, Traditions, and Making Your Own
Ben Watson
September 2013 (3rd Edition)

Ciderology by Gabe Cook
Ciderology: From History and Heritage to the Craft Cider Revolution
Gabe Cook
October 2018

Tasting Cider by Erin James
Tasting Cider: The CIDERCRAFT® Guide to the Distinctive Flavors of North American Hard Cider (Kindle)
Erin James
July 2017

The Cider Revival by Jason Wilson
The Cider Revival: Dispatches from the Orchard
Jason Wilson
September 2019

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

The Cider Insider by Susanna Forbes
The Cider Insider: The Essential Guide to 100 Craft Ciders to Drink Now
Susanna Forbes
October 2018

World's Best Ciders by Pete Brown and Bill Bradshaw
World’s Best Ciders: Taste, Tradition, and Terroir

Pete Brown & Bill Bradshaw
October 2013

Cider Cocktails and Recipes

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

Ciderhouse Cookbook by Jonathan Carr, Nicole Blum, and Andrea Blum
Ciderhouse Cookbook: 127 Recipes That Celebrate the Sweet, Tart, Tangy Flavors of Apple Cider (Kindle)
Jonathan Carr, Nicole Blum, and Andrea Blum
August 2018


Apples to Cider by April White and Steve Wood

Apples to Cider: How to Make Cider at Home (Kindle)
April White with Steve Wood
February 2015

Modern Cider by Emma Christensen

Modern Cider: Simple Recipes to Make Your Own Ciders, Perries, Cysers, Shrubs, Fruit Wines, Vinegars, and More (Kindle)
Emma Christensen
August 2017

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

Craft Cider Making by Andrew Lea

Craft Cider Making (3rd Edition) (Kindle)
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 (Kindle)
Bill Bleasdale
February 2014


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

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

The Apple Orchard by Pete Brown

The Apple Orchard: The Story of Our Most English Fruit
Pete Brown
September 2016

Apples by Roger Yepsen

Apples (Kindle)
Roger Yepsen
September 2017 (Revised and Updated Edition)



James Crowden
September 2008

Golden Fire by Ted Bruning
Golden Fire: The Story of Cider

Ted Bruning
March 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