Book Review: Precycle by Paul Peacock
The title, Precycle, called to me across the library the moment I first spotted it. And truly, I had expected to and wanted to be able to wholeheartedly Recommend it. Sadly, I can’t. I really was most intrigued by the prospect of eliminating a lot of our recycling by making things at home instead of buying them at the store. Unfortunately, far from saving money folks who follow Paul Peacock’s Precycle (ing) advice will have to spend considerably more than it would cost to buy the “convenience” item in a supermarket. It would also help if I lived in the UK: the units of measurement used in recipes and instructions appear to be UK standard, and Peacock is quite hit or miss about specifying equivalents in US units of measurement, making it a bit more difficult to readily understand the instructions. IF you have large surpluses of both time and money, Precycle is Mildly Recommended to guide you through making your own pickles, relishes, ketchup and mayonnaise as well as canning and freezing fruits and vegetables, curing your own bacon, baking your own cakes and even concocting your own household cleaning supplies. But if like most of us you work f0r a living and have limited time and money, Don’t Bother with this one.