- Hardcover: 600 pages
- Publisher: Kyle Books; 2/28/10 edition (March 16, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1906868069
- ISBN-13: 978-1906868062
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.4 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 69 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Forgotten Skills of Cooking: The Time-Honored Ways are the Best - Over 700 Recipes Show You Why Hardcover – March 16, 2010
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Processed and convenience foods and shortcut cooking methods have become so entrenched in our culinary culture, it’s easy to forget just how much we have forgotten about real cooking. But cooking instructor Darina Allen knows all too well. More and more of her students arrive having never cooked so much as an egg, or needing lessons in remedial onion chopping. She remembers one student who thought she’d ruined a bowl of heavy cream because she’d whipped it too much. She thought the clumps and clots in the bowl meant it was bad. “I said, ‘Stop! Don’t throw it out!’ ” says Allen, author of Forgotten Skills of Cooking. “I said, ‘You’ve made butter!’ She was completely fascinated.” (Michele Kayal Associated Press, 7/3/2014)
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That's why I considered this cookbook so valuable to all new cooks, amateur, advanced cooks, line cooks to professional chefs to get a copy of this book and learn these techniques to use these, and not waste ingredients. But if its rotten, it must be discarded and thrown out.
HIghly recommend getting a copy of this cookbook for your kitchen library.
"Forgotten Skills .." is a very large, user friendly book that is beautifully produced and is a treat for the eyes as well as for the cook looking for recipes. The vast amount of information is exceptionally well presented -- broken down into very manageable sized 'bites', and arranged in logical order.
As much as anything I was looking forward to the remembrances of her Irish youth [since we love all things Irish around here!] and here too the book exceeds expectations. Each sub chapter carries a section of memories, as well as they're being scattered throughout the recipes.
I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this book! The pictures alone are worth the price of purchase! But its appeal is far broader than just pictures.
Nourishing Traditions has been my favorite 'back to basics' cookbook up until now- and I still love it but this by far takes the cake. Like NT it contains several recipes involving herbs and foraged foods and fruits, and gives attention to foods like bone marrow that have long been left out of the modern cookbook. Not only does it contain a huge amount of recipes but it also has a nice aesthetic appeal with its hardcover, purple silk bookmark, glossy pages and beautiful photographs.
This book also gives homesteading tips without going into ridiculous detail- like how to care for chickens, how to smoke food, how to forage, how to clean a fish, diagrams of the cuts of meats of different animals, how to make beer.
And on top of it all- there are short entertaining stories about the author's childhood- mistakes made while cooking and the sometimes delicious surprises that resulted from those mistakes.
Any book that has recipes for dandelion wine and nettle soup has my vote but this goes above and beyond anything I could have dreamed up.