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Mary Bell's Comp Dehydrator Cookbook Hardcover – May 23 1994


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Cookbooks (May 23 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688130240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688130244
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mary Bell has spent more than twenty years traveling around the country demonstrating food dehydrators and food drying techniques. When not on the road, she divides her time between Madison, Wisconsin, and Lanesboro, Minnesota, where she and her husband work at the Forest Resource Center, an environmental education facility. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and holds a master's degree from Saint Mary's College.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Summaries on April 12 2014
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Based on reviews and recommendations elsewhere, I purchased this book. The layout is more like a reading book. Amazon does not have a view inside for this book which if they did , I would not have ordered this book. I have now uploaded a sample page from inside.
This book is old, 1994, that is 20 years old. It is outdated. There are newer machines now, and this book is lacking
in detailed directions in an organized layout, that address the new machines with timers and various temperatures. I did not notice that it was so old when I bought it. I was hoping for a reference book, with instructions, on each food item, in a well organized format. It seems to be more of a book describing various food items, describing the water % content of foods and how to choose the raw foods for dehydrating. Information at the front of book is general information and the pages for each food item lack the details for slicing thickness, temperature, time, how to tell when each food is done, and lacks a useful summary chart. The book does have occasional tips but it is not consistent. Occasional tips such as dip in lemon juice etc. If this is your only book and you are a newbie at dehydrating, you will need another book. The layout of the book is not enjoyable for a how-to book. Poor quality paper is used which is very thin and you can see through to the other side, and there are vertical lines running through the print . See uploaded image of the inside. If you are looking for a reference book to quickly look up how to dehydrate a certain food item, and get the job done, this is not the book.

If sent back to Amazon, will cost shipping to return. Not worth the purchase.Too much money to send back.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wendy A. B. Whipple on Sept. 24 2002
Format: Hardcover
If you have a food dehydrator collecting dust somewhere, get this book and haul it out!
This is the best basic book I've seen for preserving foods through dehydration. Not only does she tell you what you need to do *before* you dry it, but she tells you what you can do with the stuff after it's dried. Recipes that are useable, recipes for camping, and some that will surprise you - this is a very comprehensive book.
This is a must-have for backpackers who want every ounce to count, since dried foods weigh so little. A must for parents who read the "Fruit Roll-ups" label in horror: make your own fruit leathers! She'll tell you how to make fantastic beef jerky, too.
If you dry foods, you need this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By V. Goenka on Sept. 8 2002
Format: Hardcover
I bought this after I bought my dehydrator, although I would have bought a better dehydrator if I had read this before. This book gives several great reasons why you should consider a dehydrator, and how to make the most of it. I could have never imagined making a tofu cracker, for instance!!
After I read it almost entirely in one night, I find it a great reference to go back to, whenever I'm considering dehydrating something new. I couldn't compare this with other titles on dehydrating food since I haven't read them, but I'm quite satisfied with this one. Addition of dehydrated pictures would be a great addition however.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2 1999
Format: Hardcover
Mary Bell's years of experience dehydrating food really shows up in this comprehensive book. The book is interesting reading as well as practical. Mary tells you how to dry the different kinds of foods then continues the discussion with recipes and other ways to use your dried produce.
I had been hoping to find out how to dry dairy products such as cheddar cheese and eggs. I will say I was disappointed to find out that there is not much you can do at home to dry dairy products. I tried drying Cheddar cheese shreds, anyway. Seemed like a good idea at the time. What a mistake! I was peeling that greesy, clumpy stuff from my trays for 45 minutes. Thank goodness I only 'tested' 2 trays worth!! I guess if Mary says "Don't do it", from now on I won't.
There are many, many items which will dry successfully and just as many variations which you can try out. This book leads you through the process and offers helpful tips and hints along the way. I feel I received very good value for the modest price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mjvarney@cheshire.net on July 18 1998
Format: Hardcover
THIS BOOK IS WONDERFUL!! I had been trying to find a book like this for a couple of years. Mary Bell gives you step by step directions on how to prepare foods for drying.....Not only whole foods, cooked as well. I love the pudding cookies!!! I believe in preparing as much of our food as we can because it is better for our health and well being. Thank you for the step by step book, I have fallen in love with this type of food preserving!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 29 1999
Format: Hardcover
I've had my dehydrator for 5 years and thought I'd dried everything in every conceivable way but Mary Bell has some fantastic ideas. Easy read and easier recipes. Especially liked the section on backpacker food. My dehydrator has been running 24hrs/day since I got this book. Thank you, Mary Bell, for this great book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Suske on Jan. 11 1998
Format: Hardcover
Mary Bell's book is an excellent reference for the dehydrator user. She includes information for dehydrating fruits, vegetables, meats, and even herbs and flowers. The recipe section tells you how to put it all together and includes recipes for main dish treats, sweet treats, backpacking treats, and even pet treats.
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