After years of writing a cooking column for Countryside Magazine, Pat Katz (known to us, affectionately, as Boxcar Grandma)
wrote her cookbook, Craft of the Country Cook. It is out of print today but Pat still has several boxes of the book, which
is a fantastic reference for anyone wanting to know what to do with the fruits of a harvest, or how to make cheese (even
in theory), or generally how to cook if you live out in the country and like to do things for yourself.
The book is an alphabetical reference, starting with Apples, passing through Blueberries, Celeriac, Heads, Millet, Pickling,
Spleen, Sweet Potatoes, etc, and ending with Yogurt.
There are also some great recipes -- we're about to try out a couple of the rabbit recipes, for example. (Mmm, yumm,
Lapin au Sauce Piquant).
From one website:
"The book includes recipes as fruit tempura, squash blossom soup, parsnip wine, apple tea, brandied pumpkin pie
and fresh chicken sausage. There are directions for gathering foods from the wild, cooking with wood stoves, freezing, pickling
and smoking food, plus instructions on everything from making yogurt to skinning squirrels. "
It even includes a section on how to get the musk glands out of a muskrat. Hey, it's a skill you might -- someday --
be glad to have.
Pat has a couple boxes of these out-of-print books left-- the only new copies left on God's green earth! For a donation
to our Raise the Barn campaign of $150, we'll send you a copy, while supplies last. Type your message into the space Paypal
provides ("want book") and e-mail us your address.