The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide

How to do simple things well



A companion for the inner utilitarian in us all, The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide: How to Split Wood, Shuck an Oyster and Master Other Simple Pleasures allows you to experience the singular satisfaction of doing things yourself.

Organized into five sections—Kitchen, Outdoors, Home, Gardening, and Grooming—this comprehensive guide features detailed instructions and original artwork for tasks like brewing the perfect cup of coffee, fording a stream, caring for cast iron, and reading the night sky.

As editors Alexandra Redgrave and Jessica Hundley describe in the introduction, "We discovered that there's an art to a simple task done well...It means getting messy, and, perhaps, messing up. In our world of modern convenience, doing it yourself is immensely rewarding.”

228 pages

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