The Soda Fountain

The Soda Fountain

Floats, Sundaes, Egg Creams & More--Flavors and Traditions of an American Original

By Gia Giasullo; Peter Freeman, Ma; Michael Harlan Turkell (Photographer)

Ten Speed Press, Hardcover, 9781607744849, 217pp.

Publication Date: May 6, 2014

A collection of 70 recipes celebrating the history and stories of the classic American soda fountain from one of the most-celebrated revival soda fountains in the country, Brooklyn Farmacy.
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.

About the Author

Michael Harlan Turkell is a once-aspiring chef and now freelance photographer. Based in Brooklyn, he is the former photo editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan, and documents the working lives of chefs with his award-winning Back of the House project. Michael s work has garnered industry awards and has been published in an array of magazines and books. He also hosts a show on called The Food Seen, which touches on the intersections of food and art.

Praise For The Soda Fountain

The Soda Fountain is a treat for old-time Brooklynites like me who cut our sweet tooth on egg creams. Along with recipes and scrumptious photographs, the book taps into the nostalgia of the classic soda fountain counter, where generations of Brooklynites past and present found ice cream heaven in favorites like the Cherry Lime Rickey and the Chocolate Malt. Thank you, Gia and Pete, for showing all those who visit or live here how sweet Brooklyn truly is!”
—Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz

“Pete and Gia have restored the soda fountain ideal and breathed new life into the old tradition of local food shared in local places.”
—Slow Food NYC

“Nostalgia reigns within the pages of this invaluable book. In it, the history of the soda fountain comes to life with throwback desserts such as egg creams, ice cream sodas, shakes, and sundaes. Dynamic tales of Brooklyn’s past root the egg cream in present time for the next generations to come.”
—Alain Ducasse, chef-creator and author of J’aime New York

“The guys at Brooklyn Farmacy are a bunch of jerks! They're also experts at creating classic treats from yesteryear that should not be forgotten.”
—Clinton Kelly, host of ABC's The Chew and author of Freakin' Fabulous on a Budget

“What a crazy story behind the coolest hangout in Brooklyn. What insanely delicious sundaes. And what chutzpah Gia and Peter showed by saving the soda fountain from a premature demise!”
—Eric Demby, Brooklyn Flea & Smorgasburg