From ancient Greece to the Victorian era and into modern times, vinegar and oil have been used for an infinite variety of purposes. This new book explores the seemingly endless applications of these wondrous substances, looking at their fascinating properties, the vast range of types available and their uses as valued ingredients in recipes, medicinal treatments, household cleaners, beauty treatments and aromatherapy.
The first half of the volume covers the history, folklore and science of vinegar, together with a comprehensive guide to its many varieties. Find out how to treat bruises, sore throats, insect stings and arthritis, as well as many other common ailments, then discover how to care for your skin and hair before learning how to mix your own natural pesticides, limescale removers and furniture restorers. Blend relishes and vinaigrettes and create classic salads and pasta dishes with 30 simple, straightforward recipes.
The second half of the book takes a look at the long history and remarkable traditions surrounding oil and its production. After reading about over twenty types of oil, discover how it can act as a massage and aromatherapy aid, as well as protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer, treat dry skin and hair, polish furniture and fix creaky hinges. In the kitchen, find out how to make the best use of the many distinctive types of oil in a variety of culinary techniques and recipes.
This beautifully photographed volume explores the properties and uses of both vinegar and oil in the home, combining in-depth advice with easy-to-follow recipes and instructions. Illustrated with over 700 colour photographs and artworks, this wonderful compendium explores the fantastic versatility and benefits of these magical everyday ingredients.