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Clearly the author knew his material. Unfortunately his knowledge didn't make its way into this book as well as it could have. The book's style gave the impression that someone talked impromptu about the subject of food storage and someone else wrote it down. The result is content that is very useful in places, but lacks depth in others. I felt like I was exposed to several food storage issues and methods, but since the book lacked details and spoke only in generalities in critical places, I still lack the specifics on things like properly dehydrating and bagging, canning, etc. Several times he said that he didn't know about something but would look into it. Huh? Not very helpful.
On top of this, the book is riddled with grammatical and spelling errors. I felt a little short changed, as it seemed like the author knew his stuff but didn't put much effort into the project.
This book will start anyone on their way to becoming a long-term food storage expert. Whether you are an accomplished gardener, a prepper, on a tight food budget, or just looking for ways to get back to a less processed, more natural lifestyle, this book contains theory, knowledge and instruction, along with plenty of mountain wisdom, leading to a true understanding of why these techniques work and have worked for centuries. The storytelling is charming and the reader leaves this book not only informed but also quite entertained.
I really enjoyed this book because it was entertaining and the methods listed were applicable to me. The author speaks in easy to understand language, making the advice practical and useful. I specifically enjoyed the chapters on environmental factors and how to build a root cellar.
This book mixes old school knowledge with practical wisdom, and it's funny. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that is interested in long-term food storage, or even to someone just looking for a great read!