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The Lost Arts of Hearth and Home: The Happy Luddite's Guide to Domestic Self-Sufficiency

Ken Albala & Rosanna Nafziger Henderson. Marjorie Nafziger, illus.
Publisher Perigee  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780399537776
Pages/Publication Date 265/2012
Daedalus Item Code 43116
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In their follow-up to The Lost Art of Real Cooking, Ken Albala and Rosanna Nafziger Henderson spread the spirit of antiquated self-sufficiency throughout the household, for city and suburban dwellers who love to cook, love fresh natural ingredients, and like doing things for themselves. Here are home building projects like rooftop food dehydrators and wood-burning ovens, and crafts like sewing and quilting, rug braiding, and soap making. In the kitchen they offer the wonders of grain (making croissants by hand, sprouting grains, and baking bread) and meats like pickled pig's feet, homemade liverwurst, and celery-cured salami in a book peppered with charming ink drawings throughout.

"An utterly charming collection of recipes and how-tos for the 21st-century hipster homemaker. Like postmodern Elizabeth Davids, they augment their own recipes with obscure, intriguing ones from earlier centuries, such as Apicius's 4th-century Apricot Minutal, which stews up the fruit with spices and garum, an ancient fish sauce. The book consists mostly of recipes—albeit for unusual, slow-food, and occasionally bizarre dishes such as injera (Ethiopian sourdough pancakes), liverwurst, thousand-year-old eggs ( among the scariest things I have ever tried at home ), kombucha, and butter sauce with ambergris (yes, the waxy glob that forms in the intestines of sperm whales, which they barf up )—but, like a quirky updated 1896 Fannie Farmer cookbook, it also includes eccentric but usable household hints and instructions, from soap-making to pounding a ring out of an old silver quarter (using an expedited method invented by Henderson's father). A fun gift for any curious reader, the book is a must-have for makers and urban homesteaders."—Publishers Weekly

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