An Old Fashioned Soda Fountain (Giveaway)

I have always kind of wished I lived in the 1940's or '50's. Everything just seemed so wholesome back then.  And one thing I wish still existed today - soda fountains!  Whenever I watch old TV shows, and a soda fountain is involved, it just looks so fun.  Like a place to socialize with everyone in town while drinking delicious concoctions.

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(This isn't one of the float recipes in the book - I just had to use what I had on hand, but I used the techniques in the book to make it!  Isn't is pretty?)

When I saw a book called "The Soda Fountain"  (by Gia Giasullo and Peter Freeman) up for review, I knew I had to request it!  Maybe I could recreate some of these old-time drinks in my own home!

This book was really interesting, and included a lot more information than I thought it did.  It starts with several chapters on the history of seltzer and soda fountains, which were actually really fascinating.

The authors are actually a brother and sister who started their own old-fashioned soda fountain in New York, and they have worked to resurrect a lot of these old drinks.  The book tells the story of how they got started in the soda business, and it's really inspiring - it makes me want to go out and start a soda fountain (or at least find one where I can buy a float).

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The rest of the book is recipes for everything from homemade sodas (so far we have tried the homemade blueberry and strawberry soda recipes - they were so good), to floats, to sundaes, milkshakes, and ice cream toppings.  They even have a chapter on egg creams, which I had never heard of, but it's kind of like an Italian soda.  I definitely want to try an egg cream next.

Derek and I have been having a lot of fun with this book, and I am determined to try several of the soda and sundae recipes when he is home for the next few months.  It will be like having our own soda fountain right here at home!  

If you have ever wished that you could visit a real soda fountain, definitely check out this book!  These are real recipes that the Brooklyn Farmacy uses every day, and it is so generous of the authors to share their "secrets" with us.

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And here is a big bonus for you - Blogging For Books accidentally sent me a second copy, and told me I could keep it.  So . . . I have one to give away to one of you!  Enter below for a chance to win!

Note: I received this book for free from Blogging For Books in exchange for this review.  This is my honest opinion.

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Alyssa Long said...

I am the SAME way!! I'm always saying I was born in the wrong time period. Althoughhh maybe I was meant to live now so that I could appreciate all the amazing things about the 40s 50s and 60s. :) :)

Aaron and Anna said...

I would like to live either at the turn of the 19th century or in the 50s. :)

Caroline @ In Due Time said...

I vote current :)

Susannah said...

What a fun book! I would LOVE to have lived in the 50's. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Looks awesome! Love it :)

bella said...

I would love this book!

Lee Ann said...

This book sounds like a fun read!

Melanie said...

Hmmm..I'd love to live back in like the early 1900s..but not for long..I love modern convenience!!

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