The Complete Root Cellar Book: Building Plans, Uses and 100 Recipes

The Complete Root Cellar Book: Building Plans, Uses and 100 Recipes


By (author) Steve Maxwell, By (author) Jennifer MacKenzie

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  • Publisher: ROBERT ROSE INC
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 272mm x 18mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Toronto, Canada
  • ISBN 10: 0778802434
  • ISBN 13: 9780778802433
  • Illustrations note: 25 technical drawings
  • Sales rank: 296,414

Product description

Nature's way of storing fruits, vegetables and preserves. Whether as a way to manage challenging economic times or retain a garden's bounty, root cellars are making a big comeback. This book takes a fresh look at the art, science and romance of building and stocking a root cellar. There are detailed illustrated construction guides for making four different kinds of root cellars that are functional and attractive. These include never-before-seen models for apartment and flat dwellers and home owners without a basement. The Root Cellar Book provides technical information on using photovoltaics (solar cells) and other energy technologies to enhance a root cellar's performance and ecological sustainability. It also includes must-know information on how to choose, store and manage a supply of fruits, vegetables, nuts and preserves. The book features 100 recipes that call for stored produce, many of which also make use of the root cellar's specific environment, such as sauerkraut and barrel-fermented dill pickles. These classic dishes, many with new twists, include: Classic leek and potato soup, Golden puffed potato puddings, Maple pecan crumble apple pie, Root cellars are the best natural way to store food, and this book is the most complete and up-to-date reference available on this time-honoured tradition.

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Author information

Steve Maxwell is a cabinetmaker, builder and award-winning home improvement author. Over the past two decades his articles have frequently in many publications. Jennifer MacKenzie is a professional home economist, author and editor with 15 years experience in recipe development and testing.

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According to authors Steve Maxwell and Jennifer MacKenzie, the root cellar isn't just for grandma anymore. In The Complete Root Cellar Book, they take a complete look not only at root cellaring, but how to plan and build one, how to make it work, how to select the fruits and vegetables you will store there and--finally--how to cook the delicious vegetables you eventually remove... There's even a section called Root Cellars for Condos, Townhouses and Warm Climates... In all ways, The Complete Root Cellar Book is a very good volume. One that covers every aspect of its topic in a thorough and complete way.--Linda L. Richards"January Magazine" (01/01/2010)