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The Concise Guide to Self-Sufficiency Hardcover – 30 Jul 2007

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) (30 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075662889X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756628895
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 2.6 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,404,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Seymour is the acknowledged founding father of the self-sufficiency movement. Author of more than 40 books, he draws students from around the world to learn self-sufficiency first hand at his farm in County Wexford. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By C. Munn on 30 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This beautifully bounded book has to take pride of place on anyone's book shelf. The fantastic illustrated pictures bring the ideas to life and inspire the reader to dig up their back garden and replace their lawns with carrots and onions. Not only does the book focus on the gardening side, it has a fantastic section on animals, with clear guides on how to look after chickens, pigs, ducks and even bees!

The contacts were fantastic and helped to develop the ideas portrayed throughout the book, and the easy to understand wood section shows clearly how to cut down a tree, and turn the wood into something fantastic, with a wonderful diagram of making a bowl on a lathe, and two pages on basketry. The recipies are fantastic, with simple instructions on making bread, and a wonderfulo recipie on making elderberry wine.

Furthermore, John Seymour has provided stunning information on converting your home from a CO2 producing monster, to an environmentaly friendly establishment, using clear ideas and beautiful diagrams anyone could give it a go.

This is a must for anyone that is interested in self-sufficiency, and even those that just want to start a vegtable patch should definitely give this book a read. What a fantasic book!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer of AMAZON-UK! on 23 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is the concise version of the late John Seymour's reference The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency: The classic guide for realists and dreamers

'Make your dream of a self sufficient life a practical reality with this concise version of Seymour's classic guide. Featuring a comprehensive guide to planting and harvesting, it shows how to gather food from the wild and from the garden, and includes chapters on traditional crafts and skills, cutting waste and generating power.'

A neat little book with smart dark green board covers holding 256 high quality pages, spilt over main chapters:

(1) The Meaning of Self Sufficiency
(2) Food from the Garden
(3) Food from Nature
(4) In the kitchen
(5) Energy and Waste
(6) Crafts and Skills
(7) Things You Need to Know

with sections:

* 'Why a Concise Guide',
* 'The Self-Supporting Life'
* 'Foreword from 2002 edition'

an introduction and an index.

Charming illustrations throughout along with clearly illustrated step-by-step guides, e.g.
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I thought that this book would inform me on the making of butter, cheese & yoghurt- but no hence the 4 stars because it's still a very useful piece of kit. Maybe on the grounds of health&safety the British government won't allow amateurs to make their own dairy produce who knows? Still, it's got beer&winemaking, hedge laying and animal husbandry..can't complain really.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By H. G. W. Baker on 30 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
DON'T BUY THIS VERSION!!!! There was a problem with the printing in China and the pages in the intro section, 24-25 are WRONG and don't follow... so wait for the reprint... Email Peter Jones at DK in London to find out when this will be...
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By AvidBookReader on 13 Mar. 2008
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What a great book. I've been interested in some time in becoming a bit more self sufficient. This book is easy to read, interesting and full of great, practical advice. I've started making my own bread and there's so many other things that I am going to try. I've recommended this book to a lot of my friends. Excellent stuff. A book for every household!
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Bought this book when I moved from an apartment to a house in the countryside. My teenage boys love the book as much as I do. A reference book worth keeping.
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