Have you ever tried something you read about in a book and if so, how did it work for you? I have read many books and have many examples!
First up: in honor of the series Little House on the Prairie premiering the week of my 13th birthday (my actual birthday, notwithstanding dates I may have given in different places online) my mom got carried away and arranged a whole party on a Little House theme. The cake had a tiny farm scene, the place settings were in a patchwork pioneer pattern. The coup de grace was to be a live fiddler, but as his A string was broken the coup de grace had to be lemonade in a tin cup. Mom was so impressed by Laura's description of how good lemonade in a tin cup was she went out of her way to round up enough tin cups for all the guests.
Keep in mind, I had spent two summers at my grandparents' rustic farm and thought the well water there was the worst thing I ever drank. It tasted of rust, bugs, dank stones, and other things which should never be drunk. Well, that water was the nectar of the gods compared to lemonade in a tin cup! The acid in the lemons caused a vile substance to leech out of the metal, gagging all my friends! We had to quickly switch to cups of other substances or choke! The best part was, I got a picture of a friend's expression on taking a sip. She was upset, but it was a really funny picture!
So, the question was, had either lemonade or tin cups changed substantially enough in 100 years to account for such a difference? Could it be a matter of, like the accusation leveled at Julia Child, "The b***h lied"? Or was Laura truly the product of such a deprived upbringing she actually thought such dreck was good?