Fine Waters

By Michael Mascha
(Quirk Books, Hardcover, 9781594741197, 192pp.)

Publication Date: October 1, 2006

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The Epicure’s Guide to Bottled Water
Not all bottled water is created equal—but how do you differentiate natural, untreated waters from the thousands of processed waters? This illustrated companion reveals the epicurean pleasures of water and shows you how to select bottled waters that will tempt your palate.
     •  Reviews 100 of the world’s best-loved bottled water brands—their sources, composition, flavors, and historical backgrounds—along with expert analysis and full-color photos throughout.
     •  Explains the characteristics of bottled waters and how they can be used to create tantalizing food pairings. Glassware and bottled water etiquette is also covered.
     •  Reveals the intriguing history of water, from the geology of natural springs and the origins of spa culture to the latest techniques for harvesting and bottling water.
     •  Any culinary experience is enhanced by fine bottled water—let Fine Waters show you how.

About the Author

Michael Mascha is the founder and publisher of FineWaters (, a Web site portal that is the definitive voice for water connoisseurs and their lifestyle. The site, with its thriving onlinie community, is the leading destination for consumer education and resources in the $9-billion bottled water industry.
Mascha holds a PhD in Anthropology and Communication Science from the University of Vienna and lives with his wife and their Australian cattle dog in Los Angeles. 

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