Amy Spiro’s review of Barry Joseph’s book SeltzerTopia (“A bubbly history, March 1) brought back some pleasant and of course bubbly memories of childhood and youth in Eretz Israel.
My late father Yosef was a great lover of soda, to which he added a pinch of his homemade wine, which he made in a container similar to the one shown in the picture. We called it “siphon” and only now do I understand that the name was borrowed from the English seltzer siphon.
I find it quite amazing how a rather provincial person that my father was, someone who didn’t leave Eretz Israel since arriving from his shtetl in Lita in 1925, was on par with his American brethren in the so much more modern and sophisticated Goldene Medina when it came to manufacturing homemade seltzer siphon, the drink by which he and our entire family were kept hydrated and enjoyed for so many years.
RACHEL KAPEN West Bloomfield, Michigan