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The image on the cover of Snort Cookbook is of a charging soldier clad in traditional Scottish military dress. In 1747, the Act for the Abolition of Highland Dress provided that no man or boy in Scotland, except officers and soldiers, could wear clothes commonly called Highland garb. Specifically, this meant plaid, philabeg, or little kilt, trews, and shoulderbelt. Some historians record that, immediately after this act was passed, orders were given to kill on the spot anyone dressed in this fashion. However, since Highland regiments had a widespread reputation for their agility, bravery, and heroism, especially during the Napoleonic Wars, the tartan soon became imbued with new prestige and glamour. In fact, Highlanders made such a great impression on their enemies that it was said the French believed there were twelve battalions of them in the British army, instead of two.
The weapon carried by the soldier in this image is a bayonet. Although generally considered the infantryman's assault weapon, this instrument was originally intended for defense. With the combined length of the musket and bayonet, infantry standing two and three deep could hold their ground against a sudden rush of cavalry.
Adam Witwer was the production editor, and Linley Dolby was the copyeditor for Snort Cookbook. Lydia Onofrei performed the source check. Ann Schirmer proofread the text. Sarah Sherman and Claire Cloutier provided quality control. Lucie Haskins wrote the index.
Emma Colby designed the cover of this book, based on a series design by Edie Freedman. The cover image is a 19th-century engraving from the Dover Pictorial Archive. Karen Montgomery produced the cover layout with Adobe InDesign CS using Adobe's ITC Garamond font.
David Futato designed the interior layout. This book was converted by Judy Hoer to FrameMaker 5.5.6 with a format conversion tool created by Erik Ray, Jason McIntosh, Neil Walls, and Mike Sierra that uses Perl and XML technologies. The text font is Linotype Birka; the heading font is Adobe Myriad Condensed; and the code font is LucasFont's TheSans Mono Condensed. The illustrations that appear in the book were produced by Robert Romano, Jessamyn Read, and Lesley Borash using Macromedia FreeHand MX and Adobe Photoshop CS. The tip and warning icons were drawn by Christopher Bing. This colophon was written by Lydia Onofrei.
The online edition of this book was created by the Digital Books production group (John Chodacki, Ken Douglass, and Ellie Cutler) using a set of Frame-to-XML conversion and cleanup tools written and maintained by Erik Ray, Benn Salter, John Chodacki, Ellie Cutler, and Jeff Liggett.