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It’s time to take back the kitchen. It’s time to unlock the pantry and break free from the shackles of ready-made, industrial food. It’s time to cook supper.
The Lost Art of Real Cooking heralds a new old-fashioned approach to food-laborious and inconvenient, yet extraordinarily rewarding and worth bragging about. From jam, yogurt, and fresh pasta to salami, smoked meat, and strudel, Ken Albala and Rosanna Nafziger arm you with the knowledge and skills that let you connect on a deeper level with what goes into your body.
Ken and Rosanna celebrate the patience it takes to make your own sauerkraut and pickles. They divulge the mysteries of capturing wild sourdoughs and culturing butter, the beauty of rendering lard, making cheese, and brewing beer, all without the fancy toys that take away from the adventure of truly experiencing your food.
These foods were once made by the family, in the home, rather than a factory. And they can still be made in the smallest kitchens without expensive equipment, capturing flavors that speak of place and personality. What you won’t find here is a collection of rigid rules for the perfect meal. Ken and Rosanna offer a wealth of recipes, history, and techniques that start with the basics and evolve into dishes that are entirely your own.
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“Almost all the recipes on offer here, from pickles to pastry, are doable in the humblest of kitchens…” –The Wall Street Journal
About Ken Albala
Ken Albala is professor of history at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where he teaches courses on the Renaissance and Reformation, Food History, and the History of Medicine. He is the author of many books on food,… More about Ken Albala
About Rosanna Nafziger Henderson
Rosanna Nafziger grew up on a mountain in West Virginia. She spent her girlhood working in the orchard, planting beans, and selling pies at the farmers’ market. Now she translates the traditions of her Appalachian Mennonite upbringing to the urban… More about Rosanna Nafziger Henderson
Published by TarcherPerigee Jul 06, 2010| 256 Pages| ISBN 9781101188712