"The Sausage Making Cookbook" is the first of three sausage making cookbooks I own and it is definitely the least valuable. This book leaves too many questions unanswered if you go beyond the basics of making a fresh sausage. The author recommends processes that directly conflict standard USDA food safety recommendations. I would definitely get better information before I would start smoking or dry curing sausages & meats. Two other books that I own offer more and better beginner's info, how-to's and also good technical data, they are:
1. "Great Sausage Recipes and Meat Curing" by Rytek Kutas.
2. "Professional Charcuterie: Sausage Making, Curing, Terrines, and Pates" by John Kinsella, David T. Harvey.
My first choice is the book by Rytek Kutas. I think "The Sausage Making Cookbook" is best for someone that already knows the basics of making the different types of sausages; fresh, smoked and cooked, semi-dry and dry, as it has a lot of variety in the recipes, I got some good flavor combinations that the other books don't have.