Old Farmer's Almanac Book of Everyday Advice

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From how to tell time by the stars to old-fashioned cures for the common cold, The Old Farmer's Almanac brings together hundreds of years of practical experience and American ingenuity, and tackles all sorts of household problems with anecdotes, homespun secrets, and well-researched advice. Includes hundreds of photos and line drawings.

From how to tell time by the stars to old-fashioned cures for the common cold, The Old Farmer's Almanac brings together hundreds of...

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Overview

From how to tell time by the stars to old-fashioned cures for the common cold, The Old Farmer's Almanac brings together hundreds of years of practical experience and American ingenuity, and tackles all sorts of household problems with anecdotes, homespun secrets, and well-researched advice. Includes hundreds of photos and line drawings.

From how to tell time by the stars to old-fashioned cures for the common cold, The Old Farmer's Almanac brings together hundreds of years of practical experience and American ingenuity, and tackles all sorts of household problems with anecdotes, homespun secrets, and well-researched advice. Includes hundreds of photos and line drawings.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Old Farmer's Almanac has been around since 1792, and Hale has edited it for the past quarter-century, assembling this compendium from various issues but admittedly with more than a little Procrustean pulling and tugging to fit some items in. The result, which Hale recommends reading piecemeal, is bright and entertaining. It delves into such subjects as whether a clam is really happy, all the while presenting nuggets like ``Only the young die good'' and giving recipes for cheesecake, eggnog (courtesy, G. Washington) and Democratic Cake. Occasional quaint entries reappear from the past, like the 1853 instruction to homemakers to separate the books of male and female authors on their shelves. Illustrated. Author tour. (Mar.)
Library Journal
For over 200 years, The Old Farmer's Almanac has dispensed a variety of remedies, advice, recipes, and lore of every sort. This collection presents the best of that myriad lot. It covers a comprehensive range of topics, from personal hygiene to gardening to rope-skipping. Did you know, for instance, why clams are characterized as being happy? Neither did writer Tim Clark, but he makes a couple of good suggestions. George Washington's eggnog recipe calls for brandy, whiskey, rum, and sherry and concludes with the directive "Taste frequently." There's something for everyone in this enjoyable volume. If the text doesn't beguile you, the whimsical photos and woodcuts certainly will. Recommended for all public libraries, especially rural ones. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/1/94.]-Susan B. Hagloch, Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, Ohio
Denise Perry Donavin
After serving as the twelfth editor of "The Old Farmer's Almanac" for the past 36 years, Hale is well qualified to compile this collection of advice for that classic all-American source. All in one place, readers can find suggestions for achieving marital bliss, perfect crumpets, longevity, an excellent manure pile, and other niceties, necessities, and novelties of contemporary and historic days. Hale's book is entertaining throughout but particularly enlivened by quotes from almanacs of previous centuries. A nice companion to "The Best of the Old Farmer's Almanac" (1991), also edited by Hale.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679436737
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 7.63 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.99 (d)

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