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on September 20, 2009
This book has a lot of things that people have forgotten about in modern times. I've barely gone through a fraction of it, but it will tell you how to set a formal table, how to brine a beef brisket to make corned beef, how to make brine pickles, doughnuts, serve wine, and so much more. Originally written in 1901 as a compilation of European recipes, it was intended to enable someone with no prior knowledge to plan, prepare, and serve complete meals. My modern edition was printed in 1954, so you will not find any reference to microwave ovens. With extensive information on canning and preserving, this would be a good book for anyone who has a large garden or farm, or anticipates a rustic life style in the future.