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Forgotten Skills of Cooking by Darina Allen
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Jul 05, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: cookbooks-food, the-books-of-2010
Read in July, 2010

There can't possibly be enough good to say about this cookbook/tutorial tome. It's fantastic. Fan. Tas. Tic. She has a whole chapter on Foraging (yes, foraging! wild food. growing randomly. in the wild) and how to use what you've found. Each chapter covers one basic unit: Foraging, Breads, Lamb, Beef, Pork, Fish, Chicken (and how to keep your own hens), etc etc etc.

Her advice and instructions are practical and down-to-earth: how to gut and fillet a fish, how to prepare a duck or pigeon for the oven, how to cure your own ham, where to find the best wild blueberries - and on an on.

I'm reading it page by page (unlike most cookbooks), because it's totally engrossing and totally fascinating. And - believe it or not, I think with her step-by-steps I can likely do most of all the things she mentions. Really - fabulous. A serious kitchen must-have-on-hand.
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