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The first of the book's five chapters recounts the lore of the lemon, beginning with its original cultivation 2,000 years ago in India. Other chapters include information on different types of lemons, instructions for growing lemons in the garden and in containers, as well as suggestions for cooking and crafts. Tips are practical--such as how to pick out a lemon--and precise--why, for example, lemon juice should be added after a sauce has thickened, lest the acid interfere with starch molecule bonds.
Although the recipes are not extensive, 22 for food (no main courses) and 16 for crafts, there's a little something for everyone, from sweet treats to candles to cold remedies. What stand out most are the clever presentation ideas for gifts: simple packaging techniques describe ways to dress up an economical lemon recipe into an elegant party favor or present. --Jennifer Wyatt --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.