Tuesday, May 13, 2014

BFB The Soda Fountain

Blogging for Books now has cook and crafting books and my latest book from them that I chose is The Soda Fountain by Gia Giasullo and Peter Freeman. I love everything about this book! 
We've toyed with the idea of an ice cream/tea/coffee shop for a few years but it's never really worked out and now that I have this book, I'm wanting to open one even more. The history and recipes shared are priceless!

Here are some fun excerpts:
*a few recipes that did NOT stand the test of time in soda fountains:
Celery Egg Tonic
Pru-Nut Malted Milk (prunes and walnuts)
Yeast Milkshake
Caramel Cream Sundae on a bed of lettuce

*one of the weirdest fountain menu item:
Egg & Coffee (together...mixed)

*a few from the earliest fountain lunch menus:
American Cheese and Peanut Butter
Peanut butter, Sardine, and Potato Salad on Rye

**Now I love peanut butter, but the above sounds gross!

Some fun Soda Fountain lingo:
"Sweet Alice"....milk
"Adam's Ale"...water
"Belch Water"...seltzer water
"Belly Chokers"...donuts
"Huddle Soda"...one soda, 2 straws

*the first "ice cream soda" didn't have ice cream, just ice, cream, and soda

fun soda names:
Betty Boop
Tarty Pants
Purple Cow (I actually had one of these ...my first...at a soda fountain when I lived in Michigan)
Hot Flash...coffee or hot chocolate and ice cream...first customers to order this were 3 teenage boys. LOL!!

These are just a few of the fun facts in this book. If you like this type of thing, you definitely need to get this book. I can't wait to make some of the recipes in it. I will be sharing here on my blog when I do. I'm thinking the first one is going to be Vanilla Cream Soda. My boys love cream sodas, so this one sounds like a good one to start with. Have to find some citric acid to make it.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.

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