Book Review: From Seeds to Cigars

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.

64 thoughts on “Book Review: From Seeds to Cigars

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

  2. Great idea for a photo book.

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

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

  5. I’d love to give this book a go

  6. 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!

  7. Thank you for doing this.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  15. 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…

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

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

  18. Very cool!

  19. 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.


  20. Very cool project

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

  22. Sounds like a good book .

  23. Interesting book. Great contest.

  24. Love books on cigars. Thanks again.

  25. Would make an interesting read

  26. Always enjoy cigar books!

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

  28. Very cool giveaway!

  29. 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!

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

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

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

  33. Looking forward to readinbg it!

  34. books me read like to hey

  35. Sounds cool thanks

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

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

  38. 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.

  39. Sounds like a good read.

  40. Great review. Sounds interesting!

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

  42. Interesting giveaway!

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

  44. 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!

  45. Love to have the book, thank you !

  46. Looks like a cool book!

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

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

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

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

  51. This book sounds really interesting!

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

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

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

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

  56. Cigar book! Want!

  57. Can’t wait to read this book!

  58. 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.

  59. This would be very cool to have.

  60. Sounds great! Thanks.

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

  62. Thanks for the contest!

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