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Murder by Death

I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.

The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide: How to Split Wood, Shuck an Oyster, and Master Other Simple Pleasures

The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide: How to Split Wood, Shuck an Oyster, and Master Other Simple Pleasures - Jessica Hundley, Alexandra Redgrave

This was a total impulse buy back in August - the power of the cash-register display!  Plus, I'm a sucker for learning a new skill, especially the old ones that have fallen by the wayside in favour of modern conveniences.

 

This book was exactly what I was hoping for:  Short, 1-2 pages explaining how to do a variety of tasks around the home.  It's broken up into sections for the Kitchen, Outdoors, Home, Gardening and Grooming.  Some of it was obvious for me; as a gardener, there wasn't much in the Gardening section I didn't already know and as a born and bred Floridian, I already knew how to shuck an oyster, but on the flip side, I didn't have a clue about how to walk on snow or how to read the sky to find North (or South).  Now I do.

 

Most everything in the book is practical and I'll be referring back to it over the years, although there are instructions for how to saber a Champagne bottle; a skill I'm going to choose to keep theoretical.