They found out how to camouflage moonshine (paint the jars buttermilk color), how to find an antidote for the poison of a rattlesnake (tease one until he bites himself accidentally and then follow him to see what herb he eats) and how to recognize a coach-whip snake: "They say they can get around a cow's leg and just run her t'death a'whuppin' her with th' end of their tail."
Not every reader will be able to put all of this information to use. But The Foxfire Book also tells how to build a log cabin, sew a quilt, can tomatoes, dress and cook various wild animals and make a chair. A good many people beyond the Appalachians, readers of such popular guides to the simple life as The Whole Earth Catalog, are finding such skills timely. They make you feel that the collapse of modern civilization might have its bright side.
—ROY BLOUNT JR.