There are many in America who think making dinner from scratch begins with finding the can opener. It seems as though we just aren’t up to the task of making a simple dinner without prepared foods. If you know anyone like this, pick up THE FORGOTTEN SKILLS OF COOKING by Darina Allen, from Kyle Books. This $40 hardcover is a sound investment for anyone; its bright green backing will stand out in any collection of cookbooks. Allen, considered the “Julia Child of Ireland,” offers hundreds of methods—not tips, not tricks—but honed skills to creating wonderful, wholesome, nutritional meals. She even includes chapters on preserving—smoking, pickling, canning—which has truly become a lost art in this modern world. FORGOTTEN SKILLS OF COOKING by Darina Allen—find it today.