From author Rich Finzer, a Blue Ribbon-winning maple syrup producer with 20 years of experience, get the best advice and learn shortcuts and tricks that will save you from making rookie mistakes, save you money by telling which equipment you really need and save you valuable time during the boiling-down process. Maple on Tap includes step-by-step instructions for all sugaring activities from tapping to bottling, as age-old skills are enhanced with modern technology. Included are beautiful color photographs clearly demonstrating the process -- further lifting the veil of mystery on this unique North American pursuit. Copyright 2012, softcover, 136 pages.
Library Journal Real maple syrup is the result of a lot of time and labor. Finzer allows the reader to chuckle at his beginner's mistakes then neatly lays out the process with options. The organization of the book is very amateur friendly—a bit of history and trivia, followed by a glossary of terms that are used in following chapters. Each step in the process is covered, from tapping the trees for sap to bottling the amber goodness. Equipment and methodology are well described, with some of Finzer's own adaptations. VERDICT This manual covers a very specific process in excellent detail and is more introductory than Rink Mann & Daniel Wolf's Backyard Surgarin' and more comprehensive than Joe McHale's Maple Sugaring at Home. Great for enthusiasts and those interested in home production in the right geographic areas—the northeastern United States and southeast Canada. Highly recommended.