***Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and the publishing house for the ARC. All views and opinions are my honest thoughts of this book.***
Making wine at home just got more fun, and easier, with Richard Bender’s experiments. Whether you’re new to winemaking or a seasoned pro, you’ll find this innovative manual accessible, thanks to its focus on small batches that require minimal equipment and use an unexpected range of readily available fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs. The ingredient list is irresistibly curious. How about banana wine or dark chocolate peach? Plum champagne or sweet potato saké? Chamomile, sweet basil, blood orange Thai dragon, kumquat cayenne, and even cannabis rhubarb wines have earned a place in Bender’s flavor collection. Go ahead, give it a try. My Thoughts: I am always looking for new recipes for food or drinks and this book is like no other drink book I've ever read. The cover does not do justice to all the amazing photos inside. They are bright and colorful and make even the oddest sounding wine look tasty. We have dabbled in homebrewing n the past so lucky for me we already have all the equipment needed to make wine. I haven't tried any of the recipes in the book yet but only because I couldn't decide which one to start with. The book is split up by the types of ingredients used to make the wine. The first section contains all the fruit and vegetable based wines. I was not very interested in a few of these but the apple champagne and the cherry-chocolate-almond ones sounded the best. Then you have the flower and herb wines which all sounded delicious. Last but not least are the hot pepper wines and the cannabis wines. I am sure you can imagine how cool those recipes are....like Mary Jane's Grapes...I'm just saying. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and feel like my Spring and Summer months are about to get a whole lot livelier!