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Food Drying with an Attitude: A Fun and Fabulous Guide to Creating Snacks, Meals, and Crafts    by Mary T. Bell order for
Food Drying with an Attitude
by Mary T. Bell
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Skyhorse, 2008 (2008)
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

'Simply by removing water from food you can save money, eat better, reduce waste, minimize crop loss, help stabilize the world's food supply, utilize locally grown food, and have a reliable supply of food from one harvest to the next. Food drying is revolutionary.'

The above quote is from Mary T. Bell's Food Drying with an Attitude. The author has been passionate about drying food for over three decades and has written other cookbooks extolling its virtues. Don't skip the first pages in a hurry to get to the recipes. These pages contain some very good reasons to consider drying your own foods. I don't have space here to repeat the author's words. Read them for yourself in this really interesting and informative cookbook. And then I challenge you to dry some foods for yourself from Tomato Leather Chips to Dragon Crackers.

And now to recipes. Did you know you can make powders with your dried foods? Such as celery powder to use instead of store-boughten celery salt, which is mostly salt. With this in mind, good recipes for wonderful dishes are yours for the effort. Which, incidentally, is minimal. Joni's Asparagus Soup sounds divine using asparagus powder. Tomato Garbanzo Salad is made with a combination of half-dried and fully dried tomatoes. The same can be done with half and fully dried peppers and mushrooms. All kinds of jerky can be made from Ground Meat Jerky to Wine Jerky! There's Turkey Jerky and Jerky Cake. And the ideas for fruits are limitless.

Excuse me, please. I'm off to buy my very own dehydrator.

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