THE UP-WITH-WHOLESOME, DOWN-WITH-STORE-BOUGHT BOOK OF RECIPES AND HOUSEHOLD FORMULAS by Yvonne Young Tarr

THE UP-WITH-WHOLESOME, DOWN-WITH-STORE-BOUGHT BOOK OF RECIPES AND HOUSEHOLD FORMULAS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Tarr, a prolific cookbook author, has assembled a mighty arsenal of defenses against the tyranny of your friendly local supermarket and the national packaging industry. This is probably as encyclopedic a collection of do-it-yourselfs as any food-lover could find. There are formulas for making your own dry mixes (for pancakes, biscuits, pie crust, etc.) and instructions for storing them until use. There are winemaking directions--would you believe wine from frozen grape juice concentrate? (Needless to say, most of the wine chapter represents slightly more orthodox oenology.) There are instructions for making your own cosmetics, cider, sausages, butter, and cheese (recipes of advancing complexity from cottage to cheddar), raising your own livestock on a family scale, and growing salad greens. There are suggestions for making household staples like library paste, tarnish removers, soap. Tart also includes a generous selection of sound everyday recipes. Obviously, much of this is for people with (at the very least) a great deal of space; cramped urbanites won't be able to freeze and store on the heroic scale, and the raising of chickens, goats, and milk cows is clearly for hardy bucolic souls unfettered by suburban zoning laws. However, there is a lot of tempting material. Useful as a reference work, to say nothing of an inexhaustible opportunity for browsing.

Pub Date: Nov. 19th, 1975
Publisher: Random House