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Staff Pick of the Week: The Soda Fountain by Gia Giasullo


Did you know October is National Dessert Month? Why not celebrate by harkening back to another era with this week’s staff pick, The Soda Fountain: Floats, Sundaes, Egg Creams & More– Stories and Flavors of an American Original by Gia Giasullo.  Featuring 70 delicious recipes this book covers everything, from the classic egg creme to the modern treats served at Brooklyn Farmacy. What makes this book extra special is that among the recipes you’ll also find a history of soda fountains and vintage advertisements. This one is a real treat!

“A century ago, soda fountains on almost every Main Street in America served as the heart of the community, where folks shared sundaes, sodas, ice cream floats, and the news of the day. A quintessentially American institution, the soda fountain still speaks of a bygone era of innocence and ease. When Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain opened its doors in 2010, it launched a revival of this great American original, capturing the hearts of a new generation.
Featuring abundant full-color photography and vintage illustrations and advertisements,The Soda Fountain explores a rich history—from the origins of seltzer in the nineteenth century, through the transformation of soda during Prohibition and the Depression years, right up to today’s fountain renaissance. Featured recipes range from classics like the Purple Cow and Cherry Lime Rickey to contemporary innovations that have made Brooklyn Farmacy famous, like The Sundae of Broken Dreams (topped with caramel sauce and broken pretzel bits) and Makin’ Whoopie! Sundae (with hot fudge and mini chocolate whoopie cakes).

Recreating beloved treats like egg creams and milkshakes with local, seasonal, and artisanal ingredients, Gia Giasullo and Peter Freeman, the sibling cofounders of Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain, teach you how to resurrect the proud American soda fountain tradition at your own kitchen counter. With its fascinating anecdotes, mouth-watering pictures and easy-to-follow steps,this nostalgic cookbook proves that the soda fountain is a culinary and cultural institution that continues to delight.” —Amazon

Check out this month’s gallery book display for even more dessert books!

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