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Back to Basics: Traditional Kitchen Wisdom: Techniques and Recipes for Living A Simpler, More Sustainable Life (Back to Basics (Reader's Digest)) Hardcover – February 18, 2010

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About the Author

Andrea Chesman is a graduate of Cornell University and the author of several books, including Yankee Magazine's Church & Potluck Dinners Cookbook, Simply Healthful Skillet Suppers, and Simply Healthful Past Salads.
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Product Details

  • Series: Back to Basics (Reader's Digest)
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Readers Digest (February 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606520563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606520567
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,124,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Terrie on February 20, 2010
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....but nothing that can't be found on the internet or that hasn't already been covered in basic food preservation books. I was extremely disappointed in this book, as I was expecting hands-on tips and little snippets of wisdom from old-time kitchens.....what I got, instead, was a basic food preservation book--nothing new here. It's a good starter book if you don't have any food preservation books in your home library, but if you have any other books that illustrate canning, making jellies, jams, and butters, using a cold storage, and freezing and dehydrating, you can pass on this one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Garner on August 29, 2010
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I borrowed this book from my local library and found it so indispensable (and likely to become covered in various fruit and vegetable juices, at the rate I was going...), that I've added it to my Amazon wish list!

I'm fairly new to canning and preserving, and have no nearby family members to help me learn. Though there is a wealth of information online, at the library, and in local friends, I've never found a resource like this one, which brings a ton of important information together in one reference source. The paintings and other illustrations in the book are gorgeous and easy to interpret.

Though it does not go into depth on any particular subject, I think Traditional Kitchen Wisdom is a very handy way to keep all the basic information (such as the best method/type of processing for a huge list of veggies and fruits) nearby. I especially loved learning more about various ways to preserve, such as making freezer pickles (I'd never heard of anything that put cucumbers in the freezer before!). I'd highly recommend this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joyce on April 29, 2011
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A great deal of the book was dedicated to how to preserve your harvest. I was mostly interested in how to get started. The suburban chicken section was fantastic, however, and just what I was looking for.
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I was eager to receive this book as I really enjoy reading books that cover tips and hints. It took me a few pages of reading to realize that this book seems to be written with a British household in mind with measurements for recipes given in metric. Overall, the book is interesting but for me its lack of American measurements resulted in a 3 out of 5 rating.
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