After an expert tutorial on choosing, buying, lighting, smoking and enjoying a good cigar, The Compendium gets into the finer points of smoking, finding the right cigar shop, then gets into the arcania of the cigar, with lengthy sections of cigar-related
From private parties to hip bars to posh gentlemen's clubs, cigar smoking has become an eight billion dollar global pastime. But, like wine, a fine cigar requires dedicated study and tasting. Here's the only comprehensive book on the subject, featuring all the information that novice and veteran cigar aficionados need.
--New handy 6 X 9 format
--Completely updated with the latest brands, product lines, and accessories
--Features web-related cost-cutting tips
--Step-by-step instructions for getting the most out of a cigar
It appears the cigar has arrived. Long relegated to boardroom or back room card table, the cigar has emerged into broad daylight, attaining mass appeal while holding on to its macho mystique. And amid the available (or not so available) assortment of cigars, the Havana stands head and shoulders above the rest. Grown on patches of land at the western tip of Cuba, cured, and rolled following centuries-old traditions, for decades illegal in the United States, it has a flavor -- and a cachet -- all its own.
After two years in Cuba researching the production of the cigar, Charles Del Todesco has pulled together a remarkable two-part testament to this legendary status symbol. In part one he reviews the hollowed history of cigars in Cuba, then describes in detail the processes involved in creating them. The color photographs that accompany his cogent text reveal the beauty of the land and the hands and faces of the craftsmen and women behind each new Havana. Part two is an invaluable cigar reference, featuring a catalogue raisonne that provides a handsome portfolio of all Havana cigars currently available, shown actual size. An ideal introduction for the cigar neophyte as well as a superb guide for the experienced smoker, The Havana Cigar is, like its subject, without peer.
How to Grow Your Own Tobacco From Seed to Smoke covers everything you need to know to plant, harvest, and cure your own tobacco including troubleshooting for pests and diseases. How do I get seeds started? What is the perfect container for growing tobacco in? How do I harvest and dry the plants to smoke once they've matured?
There is no stone left unturned in this DIY book about growing and smoking your own tobacco. The interesting processes involved are thoroughly covered, and author Ray French doesn't leave anything out. There are directions for every stage of the process, including planting seeds to harvesting and drying the tobacco plant for smoke.
Author and horticulturist Ray French summarizes the history of growing tobacco and then explains how age-old growing practices have now become a part of the easy, sustainable, organic methods for the home gardener. Not only is the entire process of tobacco growing and smoking included, How to Grow Your Own Tobacco From Seed to Smoke includes the history of tobacco farming and harvesting. Ray also includes information on varieties and grades of tobacco, seed starting techniques, and suggestions for growing in the ground or in containers, all in this handy guide.
Written with the passion of an obsessive, Nicotine addresses a lifelong addiction, from the thrill of the first drag to the perennial last last cigarette. Reflecting on his experiences as a smoker from a young age, Gregor Hens investigates the irreversible effects of nicotine on thought and patterns of behavior. He extends the conversation with other smokers to meditations on Mark Twain and Italo Svevo, the nature of habit, and the validity of hypnosis. With comic insight and meticulous precision, Hens deconstructs every facet of dependency, offering a brilliant analysis of the psychopathology of addiction. This is a book about the physical, emotional, and psychological power of nicotine as not only an addictive drug, but also a gateway to memory, a long trail of streetlights in the rearview mirror of a smoker's life. Cigarettes are sometimes a solace, sometimes a weakness, but always a witness and companion. This is a meditation, an ode, and a eulogy, one that will be passed hand-to-hand between close friends.
A fascinating foray into the realm of tobacco, which was first cultivated and used for medicinal, religious, and social purposes, traces its evolution from a neccessity to a coveted commodity that would forever change the economy by documenting the history of this illustrious plant, from its use as the sacred calumet of the Plains Indians to the controversy surrounding it today. Reprint.
This copy has two instances of text pasted down and one black box of text- still readable and a bit curious.