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One of the oldest, most ubiquitous and beloved cheeses in the world, cheddar has a fascinating history. Over the years it has been transformed from a painstakingly handmade wheel to a rindless, mass-produced block, to a liquefied and emulsified plastic mass untouched by human hands. The Henry Fordism of cheddar production in many ways anticipated the advent of industrial agriculture. They don’t call it “American Cheese” for nothing.
Cheddar is one man’s picaresque journey to find out what a familiar food can tell us about ourselves. Cheddar may be appreciated in almost all American homes, but the advocates of the traditional wheel versus the processed slice often have very different ideas about food. Since cheddar—with its diversity of manufacturing processes and tastes—is such a large umbrella, it is the perfect food through which to discuss many big food issues that face our society.
More than that, though, cheddar holds a key to understanding not only issues surrounding food politics, but also some of the ways we think of our cultural identity. Cheddar, and its offshoots, has something to tell us about this country: the way people rally to certain cheddars but not others; the way they extol or denounce the way others eat it; the role of the commodification of a once-artisan cheese and the effect that has on rural communities. The fact that cheddar is so common that it is often taken for granted means that examining it can lead us to the discovery of usually unspoken truths.
Author Gordon Edgar (Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge) is well-equipped to take readers on a tour through the world of cheddar. For more than 15 years he has worked as an iconoclastic cheesemonger in San Francisco, but his sharp talent for observation and social critique were honed long before then, in the world of ’zines, punk rock and progressive politics. His fresh perspectives on such a seemingly common topic are as thought-provoking as they are entertaining.
Author: Gordon Edgar
BackHome Magazine praised the Made at Home series for its "uncomplicated and easy-to-understand format that is designed to encourage rather than intimidate the reader." Continuing that format, Cheese and Dairy shows how shoppers can avoid the dairy cooler and make their own creamy products.
The book contains six sections, beginning with guidance on how to set up a dairy in a home kitchen for cooking, airing, drying and aging, the equipment needed, and using starter cultures.
Two sections, Milk and Cream, cover the types of milk (cow, sheep, goat, buffalo), cooking, souring and storage. Simple instructions show how to make sour cream, crème fraîche and more, and recipes include Portuguese Custard Tarts, Spinach Soup and Strawberry Milkshake.
Butter provides instruction on making salted and unsalted butters, clarified butter, ghee, buttermilk, and butter sauces, as well as how to cook with butter. Recipes include Granny's Buttermilk Pancakes and Lemon Sole with Beurre Noisette.
Yogurt demonstrates how easy it is to make the incredibly popular and healthy treat at home, such as Basic Yogurt, Greek-style and Kefir, with tasty recipes that include Gourmet and Frozen Yogurts.
Cheese includes essential methods for Cottage Cheese, Whey Cheese, Ricotta Cheese, Mascarpone, Goat Cheese, Feta, Halloumi, Mozzarella, Semisoft Cheeses, Hard Cheeses, Waxed Cheeses, and Blue Cheese, as well as Serving, Tasting and Wine Pairing.
Presented in a simple format with clear pictures and nontechnical instructions, the Made at Home series is the ideal starting point for anyone looking to take control of their food in terms of both quality and taste.
Author: Dick & James Strawbridge
Chicken coops come in all sizes and styles to meet the needs of every chicken family. Start a great DIY project, and build a chicken coop with these how-to drawings and conceptual plans for 45 different designs — from strictly practical to flights of fancy — guaranteed to meet the needs of every chicken owner. A 16-page color section shows detailed photos of many of the featured coops.
Author: Judy Pangman
The definition of a chicken tractor has evolved to mean employing your chickens skill-sets in a variety of different tasks that benefit you, your garden and yard. The chickens peck and scratch the soil to clean your beds, eat pest bugs and weed seeds, and fertilize the beds with their manure. Best of all, they provide eggs and meat with that old-fashioned flavor and homegrown goodness.
Expanded, updated and even more detailed. Learn how to raise homestead flocks for eggs, meat and money. Loads of photos and diagrams make important information visual and easy to understand.
Process birds in your backyard with exact, step-by-step explanations. Over 50 processing photos and diagrams—to let you do it right, efficiently and humanely each and every time.
This incredibly popular hands-on book is a grass-roots best seller. It has helped thousands of folks have better gardens and has rekindled an interest in the backyard flocks and heritage breeds of poultry. It has literally, changed the lives of millions of chickens all over the world by taking them out of factory farms, and putting in the gardens where they are happier, more productive and healthier.
Author: Pat Foreman
Author: Suzie Baldwin
More and more home bakers are replacing mass-produced breads and commercial yeasts in favor of artisan breads made with wild cultures and natural fermentation. Whether you want to capture your own local yeasts, take advantage of established cultures like San Francisco Sourdough, or simply bake healthier, more natural loaves, you’ll find no better guides than renowned sourdough authorities Ed and Jean Wood.
In this updated edition of Classic Sourdoughs, the Woods reveal their newly discovered secret to crafting the perfect loaf: by introducing a unique culture-proofing step and adjusting the temperature of the proofs, home bakers can control the sourness and leavening like never before. The reward? Fresh, hot sourdough emerging from the oven just the way you like it—every time. Starting with their signature Basic Sourdough loaf, the Woods present recipes featuring rustic grains and modern flavors, including Herb Spelt Bread, Prarie Flax Bread, and Malt Beer Bread, along with new no-knead versions of classics like White French Bread. They round out the collection with recipes for homemade baguettes, bagels, English muffins, and cinnamon rolls, plus a chapter on baking authentic sourdoughs in bread machines.
Steeped in tradition, nuanced in flavor, and wonderfully ritualized in preparation, sourdough is bread the way it was meant to be. So join the sourdough renaissance and bring these time-honored traditions into your own kitchen.
Author: Ed Wood, Jean Wood
It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the urgency of global climate change. But when author Guy Dauncey assembles the world's best solutions in one place, as he does in The Climate Challenge, a vision emerges of a sustainable energy revolution. He opens the door to a century of exciting change, characterized by renewable energy, sustainable farming, carbon-rich forestry, green cities, electric vehicles, high-speed trains, a blossoming of innovation, and a host of new "green collar" jobs.
The Climate Challenge draws on working solutions from around the world, and lays out the best actions for students and scientists, musicians and mayors, policy-makers and presidents, showing how it is possible to reduce our carbon footprint to almost zero by 2040. Each solution describes steps that are already being used in homes, schools, businesses, cities, and governments around the world - with full scientific references to help the reader dig deeper and push farther.
If you worry about climate change, whether you are an enquiring teenager, a concerned householder, a farmer, forester, business leader, city mayor, or global policy-maker, this book will help you join the movement to help restore the planet's climate and build a new green economy.
About the author
Guy Dauncey is an author, speaker, and futurist who is President of the BC Sustainable Energy Association, and founder of the Solutions Project. He has authored or co-authored nine books, including the award-winning Stormy Weather, Enough Blood Shed, Cancer, and Building an Ark.
Author: GUY DAUNCEY
Background information, data, and photos of tractors produced by Cockshutt Farm Equipment, and Cockshutt Plow Co. Reference to differentiate models manufactured between 1946 and 1962. Many contributors, mostly members of the Cockshutt Club. 26 pages, 86 photographs.
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If you drink coffee (or can get the grounds in bulk from a coffee shop),an 8-ounce package of the Coffee Cultivator makes a great, fun way to recycle used coffee grounds, filters and all!With the starter culture, you can fill any container with a lid day after day with your grounds and soon you will be cooking up some tasty oyster mushrooms to celebrate your willingness to help the environment!
Author: Mushroom Mountain
Comeback Farms takes up where Judy's previous book, No Risk Ranching ended. Here, he shows how to add sheep, goats, and pigs to existing cattle operations. He details fencing and water systems that build on existing infrastructure set up for Management-Intensive Grazing. Sharing his firsthand experience (the mistakes as well as successes), Judy takes graziers to the next level. He shows how high density grazing (HDG) on his own farm and those he leases can revitalize hayed-out, scruffy, weedy pastures, and turn them into highly productive grazing landscapes that grow both green grass and greenbacks.
Author: Greg Judy
Bring tasty, old-fashioned comfort food to your table at every meal with the Comfort Food Cookbook, a collection of more than 230 recipes from the archives of long-running country lifestyle magazine Grit.
Home cooks from all over the United States have contributed their best recipes to this collection—cooks who grew up on the farm, eating waffles after chopping firewood and picking the peaches that filled that evening’s pie, and cooks with vivid memories of Mom’s chicken and dumplings and Dad’s bachelor casserole. Open up the Comfort Food Cookbook and discover how easy it is to make delicious comfort food with a few wholesome ingredients.
Author: Edited by K. Will & GRIT
Compact Cabins presents 62 design interpretations of the getaway dream. Whether it be a small cabin on a sparkling lakefront, a breath-taking mountaintop, an expansive beach, or some other peaceful location, there is something here to please every taste. Best of all, these small-footprint designs are affordable and energy-efficient without skimping on comfort and style. The cabins range in size form a cozy 150 square feet to a more spacious but still economical 1,000 square feet, and all include sleeping accommodations, kitchen and bath facilities, and a heat source. Complete chapters on low-maintenance building materials, utilities and appliances, and alternative energy sources supply you with the options for living efficiently in small space.
For every design, you will find floor plans with detailed suggestions for designing the space for optimal use. These plans are flexible: many feature modular elements that can be mixed and matched to accommodate your particular needs or hobbies. Features such as an outdoor fireplace, covered porch, or external storage locker might work nicely in several cabin designs. It's all about enhancing and maximizing small spaces to your individual needs and preferences.
In this time of uncertain energy costs, global warming, and tighter budgets, building small is a very appealing idea. Gerald Rowan shows you how to achieve your cabin dreams on a small footprint.
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Author: Gerald Rowan
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