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I read cookbooks for fun. My own collection is not particularly extensive, though I mull through the ones on the shelf fairly often. But I frequently check them out of the library or pick an old one up for a dollar at the flea market for kicks.
The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery is like a cookbook on steroids. Fun to peruse, sparking dreams of a life in the country, and inciting me to try new experiments, it's one of my favorite references ever.
This is the 10th edition; I have the 9th. The cover on mine reads:
"Practical advice, invaluable information and collected wisdom for folks and farmers in the country, city, and anywhere in between. Includes how to cultivate a garden, buy land, bake bread, raise farm animals, make sausage, can peaches, milk a goat, grow herbs, churn butter, build a chicken coop, catch a pig, cook on a wood stove, and much, much more."
So far I have yet to milk a goat or catch a pig, but I've ventured into the other activities listed. They're only the tip of the iceberg, though. This book contains information regarding everything from storing root vegetables to keeping chickens, from constructing an oil lamp to making soap, from hunting mushrooms to making cheese.
This is a pretty well known and popular book. I'd be interested to know if any of you own a copy or have used a friend's or the library's when researching a project.
If you haven't heard of it, however, and are thinking "I wonder how to make jam out of those plums," or "Is it really worth it to grow my own asparagus?" then take a look. There are copies in libraries all over the place, and the 10th edition is still in print and available at most bookstores.