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2013/10/09

Book review: The back to basics handbook : a guide to buying and working land, raising livestock, enjoying your harvest, household skills and crafts, and more

I just finished reading sections of this book by Gehring, Abigail R. It is a wonder to read. I enjoyed skipping hought sections, picking a topci, and reading from there. Then I read to the end of the book and had to go back and read the beginning. This is one that is going on my bookshelf.


Summary: Rediscover the pleasures and challenges of a healthier, greener, and more self-sufficient lifestyle. Anyone who wants to learn basic living skills-the kind employed by our forefathers-and adapt them for a better life in the twenty-first century need look no further than this eminently useful, full-color guide. With hundreds of projects, step-by-step sequences, photographs, charts, and illustrations, The Back to Basics Handbook will help you dye your own wool with plant pigments, graft trees, raise chickens, craft a hutch table with hand tools, and make treats such as blueberry peach jam and cheddar cheese. The truly ambitious will find instructions on how to build a log cabin or an adobe brick homestead. More than just practical advice, this is also a book for dreamers- even if you live in a city apartment you will find your imagination sparked, and there's no reason why you can't, for example, make a loom and weave a rag rug. Complete with tips for old-fashioned fun (square dancing calls, homemade toys, and kayaking tips), this is the ultimate concise guide to voluntary simplicity. 500 color illustrations.

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