- Hardcover: 1329 pages
- Publisher: Smithmark Pub (October 1971)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0448006391
- ISBN-13: 978-0448006390
- Package Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 2.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,292,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Wise Encyclopedia of Cookery: One of the World's Most Definitive Reference Books on Food and Cooking. Hardcover – October, 1971
ONe of the world's most definitive reference books on food and cooking. 5,100 recipes. Over 500 special photos, charts and diagrams. Detailed sections on bread, bartending, barbecues, cookery, coffee, cheese, carving, canning, camp cookery, diet dishes, and many other important subjects, such as vitiamins, menu planning.
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This tome comes complete with detailed instructions for everything you could possibly need from drawing and quartering a whole cow to building a simple campfire or setting up a kitchen more efficiently; there are also detailed formal place setting diagrams, pots and pan buying guide, and instructions on how to properly cure that new cast iron pot or resurface mom's old one. There are wine selection tips, flatware lay out diagrams, illustrations of herbs and obscure fruits and vegetables, and full definitions and descriptions of all kinds of serving pieces.
There are base recipes for every possible dish, and many thousands of specialty recipes. Within are definitions of herbs, procedures, and techniques. There are illustrations, directions, and personal advice from the author.
I, too, grew up with this book in my mother's kitchen. Her mother had the 1930's edition which had a green cloth cover. Mama had the trusty "modernized" orange one, which I also have. I found mine here at Amazon.com for $15. While I remember well her using her Wise, my recommendation does not stem from any feelings of nostalgia. There simply IS no better cook book in the world, before this one, or since.