Elizabeth (Lisa) Swenson lives in out state Minnesota and visits local swap meets on Saturday mornings. One day, among rows of antique tables and chairs, bed and bath linens, and vintage kitchen supplies, she found and purchased a three dollar quart of home rendered lard to make a favorite recipe of fried doughnuts. That venture being a success, she looked to her collection of cookbooks for more recipes with lard. In most cases, the natural shortening had been replaced by hydrogenated vegetable oils so she began to research old world recipes from a time only lard was available. The Artisan Lard Cookbook of Old World Breads and Spreads is the happy and delicious result.