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The Lost Arts of Hearth & Home: The Happy Luddite's Guide to Domestic Self-Sufficiency Hardcover – October 2, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399537775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399537776
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Albala and Henderson follow up their The Lost Art of Real Cooking with 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 fourth-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. (Oct. 2)

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“If Irma S. Rombauer hadn't used the phrase more than 70 years ago, the ideal title for this engaging little volume—half cookbook, half culinary sermon—might have been The Joy of Cooking.”—The Wall Street Journal on The Lost Art of Real Cooking

The Lost Art of Real Cooking is a reminder that inspiring cookbooks can be more useful kitchen tools than any appliance.”—LA Weekly on The Lost Art of Real Cooking

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike Eck on February 12, 2013
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Another good how-to and how-was book on a number of surprisingly topical and useful skills. What if the country did go over a fiscal cliff? Come to think of it, how did our ancestors manage without the Internet, or smart phones, or cookbooks, or corporate food? Quite well, apparently--we're here. Try something from this book every month and regain a kind of freedom you didn't realize you'd lost.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark G. Wall on December 19, 2012
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Though a bit eclectic (both good and bad) -- it covers brick ovens to pickling, but not thoroughly, just an interesting taste and boldness-encourager to try these things yourself. If a way to gauge a book is to look up something you know and see how well they cover that, then this book fails a bit. The design for the brick oven, though a fascinating twist on creating your own bricks . . . doesn't cover logical design (chimney is wrong) nor how to seal the u-made bricks.
But, we need more information like this (though perhaps better tested, researched) --- entertaining, useful, inspirational.
Got it from the library, and put it on my wishlist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By trishbooklover on August 6, 2013
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this is a lovely book with great anecdotal information and lovely instructions for all manner of domestic art. I am a great fan both his books. He is also a wonderful lecturer. He has a set of lectures on the history of cuisine that the teaching company has produced. take the time to look this up, you'll love it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Lady on May 15, 2014
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One of the best food and home books I have. Anyone who loves cooking, homemaking and preserving easy natural ways will enjoy this. Would make a great gift. Great bathroom book! Small size and beautifully bound and presented. Glad I got it. Easy ideas adaptable to today's lifestyle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah McDaniel on May 20, 2013
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Pleasantly surprised. The preview doesn't give the full scope of ideas you find in this book but it has given me ideas I wouldn't have tried on my own. It's not a guide for domesticity but does exactly as the title implies- revives lost arts of the home.
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