Calvados - The Spirit of Normandy by Charles Neal (Elsewhere $60)
Finally available! Local wine and spirits importer Charles Neal's 700+ page look at one of France's most dynamic brandy-making regions. Hardcover book with beautiful color photos. Eric Asimov of the New York Times calls the book, "...an astounding 700-page stroll through the history and culture of Normandy and Calvados producers, through orchards and cellars, down to seemingly esoteric details, like what a producer might have scribbled in chalk on a typical barrel." And Jon Bonné of the San Francisco Chronicle calls it, "...an essential reference on an underappreciated topic."