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Book Review: Dehydrated Food – A Beginner’s Guide by Jay Bills

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Dehydrated Food – A Beginner’s Guide by Jay Bills teaches the basic methods for drying fruits, vegetables, and meats. These methods include sun drying, oven drying, the net bag, and commercial food dehydrators. The nutritional benefits of drying food are described.

For instance, tomatoes may be sun dried. Another method would be to place the tomatoes in a net bag which is then placed on a clothes line. Tomatoes can also be oven dried or placed in a food dehydrator.

Herbs may be dried for tea applications. This is probably one of the most common uses of drying. Other delicious preparations include carrot pudding, beef jerky, raw apple cake, and spoon bread. There are over 164 recipes in the book, ranging from soups to pies, cereals, and exotic deserts.

There are recipes for purees of dried fruit, ice cream with dehydrated fruit, and real rice soup. The ice cream with dehydrated fruit is interesting because the fruits can be varied to include blueberries, strawberries, peaches, apples, and virtually any combination of the listed items. In addition, herbs like cinnamon or anise can be added to the preparations to enhance the taste without the penalty of adding too much sugar.

Dehydrated Food – A Beginner’s Guide by Jay Bills provides many details on the various methods of dehydrating foods. There are sufficient explanations for utilizing dried food and re-hydrating it. There could be more practical examples of food preparations employing a food dehydrator machine; for consumers owning one, this book contains sparse coverage of food preparations using it. A strength of the book is that it is well written with excellent pictures and descriptive recipes on dehydrated foods.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.