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The Cyder-Maker's Instructor, Sweet-Maker's Assistant, and Victualler's and Housekeeper's Director In Three Parts   By:

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In "The Cyder-Maker's Instructor, Sweet-Maker's Assistant, and Victualler's and Housekeeper's Director In Three Parts" by Thomas Chapman, readers are provided with a comprehensive guide to the world of culinary arts, specifically focusing on cider-making, sweet-making, and the numerous aspects of running a successful victualler's shop.

Chapman's work is organized into three distinct parts, each targeting a specific audience and catering to their unique interests and needs. The book begins by delving into the intricate process of cider-making, offering invaluable advice, techniques, and recipes for both novice and experienced cyder-makers alike. From selecting the finest apples to achieving the perfect fermentation, Chapman leaves no stone unturned, ensuring that readers are well-equipped to produce high-quality cider.

Moving on to the sweet-making section, Chapman's expertise shines once again. He provides detailed instructions on crafting delightful confections, from luxurious chocolates to mouthwatering candies. The author's passion for the art of sweet-making is evident through the meticulous instructions and background knowledge he imparts, allowing readers to not only replicate his recipes but also gain a deeper understanding of the craft.

The final part of the book tackles the broader subject of victualling, covering everything from managing a successful shop to navigating the world of hospitality. Chapman's guidance extends beyond the kitchen, offering advice on purchasing, stock management, and even the art of marketing and advertising. By addressing the concerns of potential victuallers and housekeepers, he ensures that readers are well-prepared and confident in their pursuit of running a prosperous establishment.

One of the strengths of "The Cyder-Maker's Instructor, Sweet-Maker's Assistant, and Victualler's and Housekeeper's Director In Three Parts" is the immense attention to detail provided by the author. Chapman's thoroughness is admirable; he leaves no aspect of each craft unexplored. Moreover, his writing style is concise yet engaging, making even the most complex processes easily understandable for readers with varying degrees of expertise.

While some may find the book's subject matter, particularly the sections dedicated to cyder-making and victualling, niche and of limited appeal, it serves as an invaluable resource for those genuinely interested in these centuries-old industries. The inclusion of various recipes, tips, and techniques elevates the book from a mere instructional manual to a comprehensive reference guide, allowing readers to experiment and hone their skills.

"The Cyder-Maker's Instructor, Sweet-Maker's Assistant, and Victualler's and Housekeeper's Director In Three Parts" by Thomas Chapman is a tome of culinary knowledge, offering an extensive exploration of cider-making, sweet-making, and the art of victualling. Chapman's expertise and strict attention to detail make this book a valuable resource for both amateurs and seasoned professionals in search of new recipes, techniques, and insights into these traditional crafts.

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Sweet Maker's Assistant,

And Victualler's and Housekeeper's




Directs the grower to make his cyder in the manner foreign wines are made; to preserve its body and flavour; to lay on a colour, and to cure all its disorders, whether bad flavour'd, prick'd, oily, or ropy.


Instructs the trader or housekeeper to make raisin wines, at a small Expence, little (if any thing) inferior to foreign wines in strength or flavour; to cure their disorders; to lay on them new bodies, colour, &c.


Directs the brewer to fine his beer and ale in a short time, and to cure them if prick'd or ropy.

To which is added, A Method to make yest to ferment beer, as well as common yest, when that is not to be had.

All actually deduced from the AUTHOR'S experience.

By THOMAS CHAPMAN, Wine Cooper .

LONDON, Printed: BOSTON, Re printed and Sold by GREEN & RUSSELL, in Queen Street, MDCCLXII.

[Price One Shilling.]


It may be thought necessary, in compliance with custom, that I should say something by way of PREFACE. If the reader would be informed what my reasons were for appearing in print, I shall candidly acknowledge, that the great prospect of a considerable advantage to myself was indeed the strongest persuasive; but I can with equal truth affirm, that it affords me no small pleasure to think I am doing my country at the same time a very great piece of service; and doubt not but that, as many will soon experience it, my labour will be thankfully received and acknowledged... Continue reading book >>

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