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Vinegar: The User Friendly Standard Text Reference and Guide to Appreciating, Making, and Enjoying Vinegar. Paperback – December 4, 2000
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I found it to be immensely helpful in tweaking my vinegars, adjusting acidity and preventing infections... but if I only had this book I wouldn't have known where to start in the first place.
The bottom line is if you want to learn to make vinegar you are better off with The Joy of Cooking or How to Cook Everything; when you're ready to take your Vinegar making to the next level this is the book to read.
Also, this book really, really, really needs an editor. I get the impression from the imprint that this may be one of those "just barely one step from self-publishing" publishers that doesn't even bother proofreading the manuscript- the book is absolutely littered with typos and grammatical errors, as well as odd phrasing and sentence structure, as well as some straight-up bizarreness. (My favorites: "But like scientist today, these fellows ['the ancients'] rarely told all they knew. And when they did speak, they most often spoke in code or riddles, so we don't really know what they knew." and also: "Two heads are better that one, even if one is a goat head.")
The content really needs an editor's touch as well. Some things are covered ad nauseum (there are pages upon pages of poorly-rendered photographs of bacteria or diagrams of obsolete vinegar stills) while other very basic things are left out. For example, the short section on "Fining" tells me that it is an old process that is still occasionally used, and often uses bentonite, but sometimes Isinglass or even dried blood. What it does NOT tell me is wtf "fining" is.Read more ›
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I gave this book one star simply because 0 stars is not an option. We have been home brewing for 20+ years, beer, wine, soda, and wash for distilling, Not to mention simple... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kirk B
Educational. I am on a gluten free diet and allergic to some other foods so I found this book helpful. I have not tried to make vinegar as I have no time.Published 8 months ago by Marilyn Olson Neville
Great overview of the history of making and enjoying vinegar. Great buy!Published 21 months ago by William
basic information, over a wide spectrum, both books, but neither is a true definitive, quantitative reference.Published 23 months ago by Bugger (the Panda)
Great book...most helpful even to the stressed at heart. All kinds of interesting materials to keep you going for weeks...including for the survivalist-types!Published on June 23, 2014 by Robert e. Lee jr.
the book is filled with great albeit disorganized information. it is not as much a "how-to" as much as a long interesting ramble about vinegar. Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by bigboy