I found this book through sheer dumb luck, surfing the Amazon book section, as I am known to do on occasion. Forgotten Skills of Cooking, the Time Honored Ways are the Best, by Darina Allen is a treasury of information for any cook or lover of food. It seems to have everything from classic rib roasts and steamed puddings to beef tea and carrageenan moss syrup for those feeling under the weather. There's information on dairy products from beestings (colostrum) to homemade junket, how to keep hens, make charcuterie, build a smoker, compost, bake, pickle, preserve, and clean your kitchen when you're all done. 25 years of running the Ballymaloe Cooking School brings a whole lotta practical knowledge to the table.