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on 15 May 2012
This is a well produced book, well written (a little me me me but it comes from a blog so not unexpected), lovely pictures; but the recipes are almost all incredibly basic and for things that either aren't worth the trouble (make your own butter?), are too simple for words (recipe for buttered popcorn - really?), are very US-specific (pudding? Sounds like a poor version of custard) or just aren't very interesting (mixed roast nuts?) or very good (who is honestly going to take the time to make home made pop tarts? If you don't want to eat that sugar and fat, why recreate it at home?)

So if you're not trying to homestead or run your own farm, and if you aren't american, I'm unconvinced this book has anything to offer that isn't better provided online. Pretty, but a bit pointless.
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on 28 August 2014
A combination of very basic recipes, all using highly complicated methods. The author also expects you to use a number of specialist tools that would cost a lot of money to stock your kitchen with (and take up a lot of space!). This book is also very American
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on 4 April 2015
A very timely book in the face of the 1% induced poverty. A good present for a nouveau pauvre mother. More useful for an American audience than European one where many of the suggestions inside are known and practised anyway.
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on 5 March 2015
lovely book and some brilliant recipe ideas plus a lot of information i never would have thought of or be possible.
i am pleased i bought the book :)
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on 19 June 2012
Makes kitchen experimentation seem manageable and rewarding. Also delightful just to read, and to think about how food is part of life.
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