Book Review and Giveaway: From Seeds to Cigars

From Seeds to Cigars by William Miller

Recently I was sent a free copy of a new picture book called From Seeds to Cigars by William R. Miller. If you’re interested in learning how tobacco is grown and processed and manufactured into cigars, this is a great pictorial step-by-step which goes into cigar manufacturing in-depth.

Who is William R. Miller? He’s a cigar enthusiast who has been smoking since the 70s. In 2006, he began working at Famous Smoke Shop as a graphic designer. This gave him a lot of inside insights into the industry, and of course plenty of time to smoke cigars. During his time at Famous, he had the chance to take a trip to Estili, Nicaragua, and Danli, Honduras, where cigars are made. While he was on his trip, William realized he wanted to write a book, and started snapping pictures and researching.

What’s the book like? Available from Amazon at $12.99, it’s short (only around 25 pages), which may be a detractor at the price point, but it still makes for a nice coffee table book with the bright, colorful pictures and simple explanations (it’d also be a great choice for a table at a cigar lounge). From Seeds to Cigars does a wonderful job illustrating the manufacturing process so that you can easily understand how certain processes (like curing or fermenting) affect the final product. It’d make a great gift, especially for a cigar newbie who wants to glean a better understanding of how cigars are made. The design of the book is very nice, and reflects an appreciation for craftsmanship.

Courtesy of William, we’re giving away three copies of From Seeds to Cigars to our readers! To enter into the drawing, just post a comment below.

Contest open internationally. We'll announce the winners in one week.

64 Comments on “Book Review and Giveaway: From Seeds to Cigars”

  1. Thanks for the contest!

  2. I like what William has done here. Would love to see/have a copy of this book.

  3. Sounds great! Thanks.

  4. Drew Whittle says:

    This would be very cool to have.

  5. I love to read and this would be perfect to sit back with a cigar and enjoy the relaxation. Thanks for the giveaways and good luck everyone.

  6. Can’t wait to read this book!

  7. Daniel Cecavac says:

    Cigar book! Want!

  8. Very good coffee table cigar book. Thanks for the contest.

  9. Great to see another fantastic review combined with Christmass contest here on Cigar Inspector. Great work guys!

  10. Morgan Thomas says:

    Appreciate the contest, agree that the price may drive people away

  11. Ahhhh not many decent cigar books around so this would be nice in my library!

  12. This book sounds really interesting!

  13. This sounds like a great book to read . A must read for anyone .

  14. Gary Patterson says:

    I love books, I really love books about cigars!

  15. Gary Patterson says:

    I love books, I really love books about cigars!!!!

  16. Been wanting to read this one — hoping to win!!!

  17. Looks like a cool book!

  18. Kenneth Thompson says:

    Love to have the book, thank you !

  19. Nicole Gugliemini says:

    I’m ALWAYS interested in learning everything I can about Cigars. FROM SEEDS TO CIGARS (AND BEYOND) pretty much sums up what I’d like to know about my favorite pastime, hobby,passion, etc… Thanks for the contest!

  20. Andrew Brown says:

    Didn’t know about the book. Sounds like a good read

  21. Interesting giveaway!

  22. Sounds like a great book! I’d definitely love to get my hands on one- can’t get enough information about our beloved hobby!

  23. Cool contest

  24. Great review. Sounds interesting!

  25. Sounds like a good read.

  26. I appreciate learning about the cigar-making process. This book could be an interesting source of knowledge for understanding why I like some cigars moreso than others.

  27. Sounds like a must have for any brother of the leaf.

  28. Rich Cotton says:

    I really love to have the book if I don’t win one I’ll buy it to contest

  29. Sounds cool thanks

  30. books me read like to hey

  31. Looking forward to readinbg it!

  32. Very cool giveaway! Thank you to William and to Denis!

  33. I Always enjoy learning more about the wonderful world of cigars! Sounds like an interesting book.

  34. Thank you for the giveaway. I hope I win.

  35. Wow! Looks like a great book! Awesome cover photo! I know a little about the cigar making process but I’d sure like to learn more. Looks like the book for it!

  36. Very cool giveaway!

  37. You can never have enough cigars or cigar stuff! Thanks for the contest.

  38. Always enjoy cigar books!

  39. Rashied Patel says:

    Would make an interesting read

  40. Love books on cigars. Thanks again.

  41. Interesting book. Great contest.

  42. Sounds like a good book .

  43. Sweet. Thanks CI

  44. one hand holding my cigar….and the other turning the pages

  45. Very cool project

  46. Would love to have that book on my coffee table. Might persuade some cigar detractors that visit my place to examine their point of view.


  47. Michael Villani says:

    Very cool!

  48. Sounds like a very good ”read” about my enjoyment, cigars! Thanks for the contest.

  49. Will Jr Laney says:

    I’m very interested in the manufacturing of cigars and I would love a book of this caliber.

  50. I don’t want to brag about it, but I visited a tobacco farm in Cuba last week. Well I guess that was bragging a little…

  51. Mucksiegooma says:

    I love to read and this would be a great addition to my library.

  52. One book I don’t have and would definitely like to win here. Thanks Inspector Denis!

  53. Anything about cigars and cigar history is good reading!

  54. I could use this book to extend my knowledge.

  55. I can’t read, but I hope it has lots of pictures in case I win it.

  56. Book will be worth having in our cigar club. Thanks.

  57. Guy Buscema says:

    Dear sirs,
    I just love to see new books come out,the more the better.

  58. Thank you for doing this.

  59. Very cool, turning a trip (with a camera) into a special book. And, nice to have you give a few away. Your site continues to rock. Happy Holidays!

  60. I’d love to give this book a go

  61. Another great contest, in time for the holidays! Thanks!

  62. WOW this book looks fantastic, thanks for the chance to win one!
    Merry Christmas All

  63. Great idea for a photo book.

  64. James McKinnon says:

    Would look good next to my Partagas book on old Cuban stuff.

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