I have dusted off my library card. For a long time, I preferred to purchase novels rather than borrow them, but I am changing my mind. Possibly due to realizing what a burden it is to have to store the books and the disappointment of having books spoiled in storage. As it happens, I don't often reread novels. I do refer to how-to books endlessly, so that is the type of book I should restrict my purchases to, I suppose. I am currently reading this book, Laughter on the Stairs by Beverly Nichols, which was written in 1953. It is the second of a trilogy, but the only title of the three on offer at the local library. It is about the author's attempt to restore a Georgian mansion in England. His depiction of neighborhood characters is amusing. A little like Peter Mayle's Year in Provence.
Today's culinary experiment involves a new food dehydrator that I bought last week from Aldi's. In an instance of chance favoring the prepared mind, I've been curious about food dehydrators since reading about them in Mary Jane Butter's wonderful volume MaryJane's Ideabook, Cookbook, Lifebook. As it happens, there is a dearth of information, relatively speaking, of information regarding preserving food in this manner on the world wide web. I'm hoping it works because I hate throwing out food, which I do at a sickening rate. A full report will be forthcoming.