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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Preserving Food (Idiot's Guides) Paperback – July 7, 2009
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I began by flipping through the pages, then found myself reading a paragraph or two, then finally, got so interested in the book I couldn't put it down. ME not being able to stop reading a book on this topic? Correct! I learned so much and so fast and the author just walks you through this most helpful guide. I'm a new convert and next on my list, preserving some foods I love!
Author (Birmingham, AL)
As a general "cover it all" for beginners it is a good overview with lots of tips and tricks. I especially liked what to do in emergency situations and how food preservation comes into that, including flood and earthquake tips.
There are some helpful charts in the back of the book. I especially like the listing of foods and their expected shelf time and another listing of various foods and the best preservation method specifically for that food.
Only a few recipes. The few recipes that are included are very simple, basic. This book is for "how to" not a recipe book, per se. It covers how to process the individual foods rather than interesting recipes based on these foods. Perhaps that is better as a good place to start is with basic preservation before branching out to more complex recipes for the various preservation methods.
I don't care for the series title. A more appealing title series might be "the newcomers guide" or a "beginners guide", etc., v. "complete idiot's guide"
I found the preserving tips and safety checks very useful. It is convenient to have so much
information in one volume. I found the storage guide for frozen foods a real help.
The book is fun and easy to read. When I am looking for a diversion from everyday life, I find that the "Idiot"s Guide..." allows me to direct my attention to some new things to try. The book is a nice gift for consumers who want to increase their skills without a lot of technical detail.
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