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Self-sufficiency: the science and art of producing and preserving your own food Paperback – May 1973

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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; First Reprinted edition (May 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571106358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571106356
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 784,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
A must read for any aspiring self-sufficer
Though written four decades ago it remains a source of inspiration for anyone starting out or needing a hint in the challenging work of being your own grocer. Whilst providing insight into the complex oganizing needed o maintain self-sufficiency, Seymour remains concrete and easy to read. Naturally, comments along the way help to understand the vision and the theme is as important now as it ever was.
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Less well-known than the classic Complete Self-Sufficiency, this covers much the same ground - only with more verbal detail and fewer pictures. It's a more sober, realistic book, and certainly less inspirational; whereas CSS makes you feel you can do anything, this one bids you think long and hard before embarking on a lifestyle which, Seymour says, is beyond any ordinary couple. He even admits to not really living it himself (which is obvious enough really, since you know he must be earning a fair amount from all these books about it); and there are some cynical comments about people pretending to be self-sufficient but really living on 'National Assistance' (presumably meaning social security).

There is a lot of detail about slaughtering animals, not really relevant today because it's illegal. And if you were to attempt any of these things in a serious way you would probably want, at the very least, an entire book about each of the subjects Seymour has a chapter about.

So it kinda falls between two stools. Though a very interesting book, if you already have Complete Self Sufficiency you don't need this as well.
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Format: Hardcover
Hi fellow self sufficiency fans,

This slighter larger than A5 hardbacked book was first published in 1973 and has been reprinted in a number of formats. 249 pages in black and white with a few line drawing illustrations take you through all manner of ways to become virtually self sufficient.

There are chapters on land, horses, cows, dairy, pigs, bacon, poultry,sheep,goats,rabbits,pigeon,meat,wheat and bread,barley and beer,other field crops,garden crops,fruit and nuts,storage of vegetables,fish, bees, wild food, wine, wood, smoke house and seaweed.

I found the section on butchering meat really helpful and informative-a useful skill for anyone keeping animals for food who don't have the spare money to pay a butcher to do it for them.

This book pretty much covers everything you would want to know about becoming self sufficient.

Its an old book but still very useful and informative.

Good reading, Bwana Foster
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This knowledge is the basis for life on this planet in our area: humans have used it for hundreds of years and we have been trained to forget it all. Here is it and it surely comes in handy when our so highly praised technology breaks down for whatever reason: we will then still need to grow, preserve and eat food, we will need to have good shelter and forage for food. Thanks to John Seymour !
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