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.