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Old-Time Country Wisdom and Lore for Hearth and Home

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Being able to make what you need appeals to many people. Some just want to reduce what they have to buy, others many want to be totally self-sufficient. Either way, this book can be helpful.

You'll find information ranging from recipes to making wool to homemade remedies. Even at surface level, this book is an interesting read; seeing how things used to be done. Once you get into it, you can learn how to do more things on your own and reduce what you have to buy.

I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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A wealth of information across a wide range of subjects. If you are wanting to do more stuff around the household by hand this book is the one for you. Simple instructions to follow.

I got this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Old Time Country Wisdom and Lore for Hearth and Home had promise. As a woman that spent her childhood on the farm I am all for it. I try as much as possible to live as close to the earth as I can. That being said I did not care for a lot of the advice given in this book.
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Interesting guide to how to DIY your home with some old time ideas! Great problem solvers and will definitely remind you of you Nanny! Informative, but hard to read as an e-book, would be better in a paperback version.
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Thank you to the publisher, NetGalley, and author for a copy of this book in exchange for honest feedback. This is one that I would consider buying. I love the cover and the theme. 

This book is about old-country wisdom and reminds of the generations of people I grew up knowing as my elders that have passed on. Their way of life is also disappearing, which I hate! This book aims to help promote a sustainable lifestyle, lowering carbon footprints, and knowing how to do stuff for yourself (or go without). Something that definitely has changed in my 20-something years of being alive. 

The book itself is suuuuuper packed. Over 500 recipes, projects and instructions, this book provides so much info on so many topics that you'd have to learn something from reading this regardless of how much you already know. There's topics like butter and cheese making all the way to cooking, beer brewing, making fire, homemade remedies, etc.

I think this book would be a great fit for those who are opting to return to the rural / sustainable lifestyles or those who may not have that experience and are embarking on this change for the first time. It's also a really cute book so just might be a good gift for someone who is into these themes.
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This book is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to learn about our past. It would be an excellent reference guide for writers of historical fiction.
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This book can be a good, entertainment read for sure! A fun look into our ancestors lives of years ago! Some chapters might also explain the short life span with some of the advice given! However, I found this fun to read as it amazes me what Old Country Wisdom and Lore was! (Kinda like some of the laws that are still on the books! That could be an interesting read too)! It surly has a place in history, but more for fun and entertainment! . Not recommended for today's Era!! 3.5 for fun and entertainment from me. I got some good laughs from this book!
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I received this book through NetGalley. At first, am amazed! Those things I read in regency romances or old west ones are for real. Sometimes they didn't make sense to this era, where everything was explained chemically and medicine cannot be made by simply throw things together. But some are still valid, and a good idea to use these methods that is more ecologically correct.
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*received for free from netgalley for honest review* This book set isn't in my opinion meant to be used, most of it is obviously outdated, other things are down right dangerous but entertainment wise these are good books to have lying around
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I don’t think in the over three hundred books I have reviewed I have ever said “there is no way I would recommend this book.”  Well there is always a first. 
I am not one that feels comfortable in disparaging a book.   I have been involved in old time methods since my grandparents taught me more than a half century ago.  Some of this advice is absolutely bunk.  

I would like to thank the publisher, author and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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I loved this book, not only it’s written content but it’s art work and presentation. As a child, I was fascinated by The Little House on the Prairie. As an adult my fascination with what life would be like on a homestead,  or as a settler, continued, probably even more so since I’m from the UK. Hence the appeal of this book. I enjoyed it very much and can apply some of its tips today.
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This book was packed with fascinating Old Time Country Wisdom and Lore--just as the title promises. I found it so fascinating, from the little sketches to the endearing recipes and remedies. There are not many I would try without Googling first but it made me chuckle to read about how my relatives may have cured a fever or made dye. Absolutely worth a read!
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Another amazing book that gives you practical ways to live life. I really love the old fashion tried and true ways. It's definitely a book to keep round especially when one can't make it to the store. It gives you homemade remedies to clean. cure, and help you. Highly recommended.
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This book would appeal to anyone who found the descriptions of Ma making cheese in Little House in the Big Woods fascinating, or for a modern reference point anyone who enjoys watching Bernadette Banner's YouTube channel This book is not intended to be a guidebook per se, as many of the recipes and remedies have an attached caveat that they are for historical reference only. But it was interesting to read the recipe for the cure for "Fits" and that the cure for dirt in the eye was to put a flax seed in it to absorb the dirt. The history of the origins and introduction of what came to be common household items is peppered throughout the book. The book is not an appropriate reference item for sustainable living but is a representation of historical methods of housekeeping.
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Perfect for homesteaders, DIYers or anyone looking for an eccentric coffee-table book. I was thinking this was a cookbook but it has so much more than recipes! Rural remedies, cleaning guides, how to tan leather, and so much more. All laid out like an old-time catalog with vintage photos. 

Thank you to Quarto Publishing and NetGalley for allowing me to read a pre-release of this book. My review is voluntary and all opinions are my own.
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Interesting selection of hints ,tips and ideas from years gone by. Some were amusing ,some very useful and I will be trying and some I would say away from as they sound downright dangerous. It was interesting to see what our ancestors used and believed in before the advent of modern science.
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The description of this book reminded me a bit of the Foxfire series, which I devoured way back when. The difference between the two is that Foxfire gave some context to the old time ways. This book is simply a collection of old ways of doing things like washing your hair, brushing your teeth, preserving your food, making your own clothes - things that our great-grandparents did in the 19th and early 20th centuries to create some quality of life for themselves.

There are many interesting bits of information here, but I was really turned off by the home “cures” for illnesses that are better treated with modern medicine. For example, this lifelong asthmatic is not going to tie a live frog to my throat or wear a muskrat skin with the fur against my chest to relieve an asthma attack. I worry that people looking to live off the grid will take this advice to heart and potentially harm themselves or others by choosing the quackery in this book over modern medicine. 

Therefore I cannot recommend it.
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I’ve always been a sucker for home remedies, and this book is full of them. Along with instructions for canning, quilt making, rug making, meat preserving, etc. It is an excellent resource, whether your goal is to be self-sustaining or merely learning more about how your grandparents (or great+ grandparents) did things. Some suggestions are humorous, and make it clear why the author included a disclaimer, such as applying a live frog to the throat of an asthma sufferer. But I am already planning to increase my garlic consumption, oil a cloth, and try my hand at crocheting a rug using fabric scraps. #OldTimeCountryWisdomandLoreforHearthandHome #NetGalley
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What an intriguing and interesting book. I'm likely to try some of the ideas in it, but some I will be a little sceptical about - times and knowledge having moved on.
The book is laid out with images to support the text and it is structured so that it can be used as a manual of sorts, if you wish.
It's the sort of book that you would have as a reference on your bookcase, especially if, like me, you prefer to find old, traditional ways of doing things.
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Old-Time Country Wisdom and Lore for Hearth and Home is a volume in a series of republished and collated Old Farmer's Almanac type tips and folklore from the 1970s. Originally released in the 70's, this re-release from Quarto on their Voyageur Press imprint 12th Oct 2021 is 176 pages and is available in paperback and ebook formats.  

This is a wide-ranging collection of "Old Farmer's Almanac" type of wisdom and trivia. The tips and tricks are very roughly arranged thematically: hearth and home (cleaning and general info) and the country table (food prep & handling).

There are some hair-raisingly scary "tips" and observations included here and they are blended willy-nilly with old wives & farmers tales without regard to the veracity of any of the claims. In fact, the publisher states quite clearly in the disclaimer that "Any recipes or “health cures” are intended as a historical reference only. They are NOT recommended by the editors or publisher of this book. They have been compiled as a historical narrative for historical purposes only. The publisher assumes
no responsibility whatsoever for any injury or damage resulting from reader’s use of any of the material or information contained in this book".

The graphics are simple with old fashioned monochrome illustrations and line drawings throughout. This would be a good selection for the smallholder's winter home library reading, allotments, fans of old farmer's almanac type publications, and similar. I would go so far as to suggest its usefulness for historical research and background context for authors, historical re-enactors, etc. This is *not* a book to be followed or used as a reference to any degree.

Three and a half stars. It's of limited practical use, but will be enjoyed by people who remember the old almanacs fondly.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
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