After reading the original Schott's Miscellany, which I thought was intriguing and delightful, I was excited to read this next installment. I'm glad I waited to get it from PBS, as it was a bit of a let-down. Some entries were very interesting and informative, and echoed the first book's tone. But many were just boring, such as old-time recipes, measurement converstion tables, or menus from events long-passed. The world of food is so varied and as ancient as human history-- it was a bit disppointing how much of the book was skimable at best. Still, the good bits were quite good.