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on January 7, 2014
This book does have a lot of good information, but some of the recipes haven't been updated from the original 1975 version. One in particular has a significant safety problem.

I love pastrami and to make it you need to corn the brisket first, which is essentially brining the beef in salty water for at least 5 days. One dangerous backteria that salt alone can't inhibit is Clostridium botulinum. C. botulinum produces a toxin that will give you botulism, which is very bad. The fix for this is to add a little sodium nitrite (not nitrate) in the form of Instacure #1 (93.75% salt, 6.25% sodium nitrite, red color so no one mistakes if for table salt) to your brine. My big concern with this book is that the recipe for corning beef calls for Saltpeter, which is potassium nitrate. The "ate" in the word nitrate tells you that this is an old recipe that's not as safe as it should be.

I'm sure this book at the top if its game in 1975 but now it seems a bit quaint. I have to ding the book 2 full stars just for the saftey shortfall. It's still full of good information though, just do your homework.
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on December 29, 2015
This is an excellent book for the beginner. Having said that, we were looking for something a little more advanced and detailed since we've been canning, hunting, freezing, etc., for over 15 years. Well-written and informative for the beginner.
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on February 7, 2013
We were interested in finding out how to smoke venison sausage. This book gave us all the information that we needed.
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on July 10, 2014
it has lots of instruction for various preservation options. i was slightly disapointed at how few recipes there are in this book. on the other hand though it has instruction to build a few different smokers which is pretty handy.
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on October 29, 2013
I was neither overwhelmed nor underwhelmed with this book. I don't think whelmed is a word, but it fits. There are some basics, but not as much as I wanted to cover game.
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on February 25, 2015
A good book very detailed. It's hard to follow in some cases i thinks some instructional pictures are needed for a full unstanding of some techniques used in this book.
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on May 13, 2014
it does have some good advice, but doesnt have allot of recipes, basically repeats them for whatever you are making, but does have allot of good knowledge.
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on March 12, 2015
Good information but low on pictures.
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on October 15, 2013
It was informative, but I was looking for more detailed information about food storage and recipes. It is an okay addition to my library.
Charlotte
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on February 28, 2016
Has all the right stuff
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