Saturday, February 20, 2010

Sharpening the Reading List: Free ebooks on Cooking, Living and Doing!

I've been down for the count this past week due to a little late-winter illness running through the household. My taste buds were shot, so no exciting dishes to share. I did, however, find lots of time to curl up with a good book and time to check on a few of my favorite Web sites. I don't know if you've ever heard of a site called ManyBooks (thanks to Project Gutenberg), but they are an incredible resource for DIY/simple living/home cook/outdoors-people types, like me and you. You can download copies of ebooks from many genres, all for free. I especially recommend checking out the Instructional genre.

One of the coolest I found was a copy of Carving and Serving by Mrs. D.A. Lincoln, dated 1906. In the book she writes:

     One must learn first of all to carve neatly, without scattering crumbs or
     splashing gravy over the cloth or platter; also to cut straight, uniform
     slices. This may seem an easy matter; but do we often see pressed
     beef, tongue, or even bread cut as it should be?

I know I often second-guess myself the moment before I cut into a beautiful smoked turkey or slow-cooked roast. Now, thanks to Carving and Serving, I have a deeper understanding and appreciation for my carving knife and the importance of a well-carved, properly-served main course. I hope you enjoy reading it, too!

Here's a short list of other books on you might find interesting: