One hundred and eighty-four years after its original publication,
Mackenzie’s Five Thousand Receipts in All the Useful and Domestic Arts
is making its Kindle debut.
My, how times have changed …
Or have they?
Complied by an anonymous source known only as “An American Physician,” this book is a mighty mish-mash of intriguing—and remarkably useful—miscellany.
In the course of 460 pages of small print and black-and-white diagrams, Mackenzie’s covers everything,
and I mean everything,
from beekeeping, gardening, metallurgy, pickling, and preserving
to watercolor paints, medical cures, chimney cleaning, brewing, cooking,
and about a bazillion other timeless topics.
Okay, so the application of leeches may not be relevant to most readers, but there is enough trivia in this tome to keep you entertained, and maybe even enlightened, for hours on end.
Who knew you could make acorn coffee?
And wouldn’t you love to try the “Cream of Roses” facial recipe?
Fortunately, farmgirls, the book has a “most copious index” (the physician’s own words).
I’ve been having fun just thinking up a topic and seeing if it’s listed.