The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide

How to Split Wood, Shuck an Oyster, and Master Other Simple Pleasures

Alexandra Redgrave, Jessica Hundley


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     7 × 8.5 in (17.8 × 21.6 cm)
224 pages
200 color illustrations
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781616893996

Modern living isn't easy. It often seems to require'some know-how our parents didn t pass on, or a special tool. Happily, Kaufmann Mercantile has both, and in this comprehensive field guide, they share their expertise on a huge range of topics, from frying an egg, tying a tie, or brewing coffee to things the inner utilitarian in all of us aspires to do, like splitting wood, building a fire, growing our own food, or making our own soap. Forty-eight how-tos are organized into five sections: Kitchen, Outdoors, Home, Garden, and Grooming. Written in clear detail and extensively illustrated,The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide teaches us what we ought to know how to do, as well as what we d like to. Supplemental sidebars feature the best tool for the job, whether a dibber for planting, the best rawhide- and-ash snowshoes, or flammable smoking bags'for making authentic BBQ. This book is a must-have reference tool for living well in the twenty-first century.
  • Includes 150 newly drawn illustrations.
  • A modern-day Foxfire>/i> meets Whole Earth Catalog.
  • Includes forty-eight step-by-step how-tos for mastering common tasks, like mending a hem, shaving, or stocking a pantry, or more adventurous activities, like sabering a champagne bottle, starting a vegetable garden, or fording a stream.
  • Sidebars highlight thirty Tools of the Trade to get the job done right.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times:

"Forty-eight how-tos that reflect Kaufmann Mercantile's larger philosophy about life. Included are instructions for starting a campfire, repairing a bicycle tire flat, building a lean-to shelter, sewing a button and sabering a bottle of Champagne, along with suggested tools for the jobs."

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