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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; First Edition edition (3 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034095101X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340951019
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 3.8 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 540,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"If you incorporate a chunk of the advice of this book into your life - and request your friends to read it and do the same - you'll have made a difference" (Countryfile Magazine 2008-04-29)

'A one-stop book full of ideas and practical tips covering everything from how to darn a sock to how to keep food cool without a fridge.' (The Ecologist 2008-10-01)

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The fully illustrated contemporary authority on adapting your lifestyle for the ecologically aware twenty-first century. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 15 Sept. 2008
Format: Hardcover
When 'The Self-Sufficientish Bible' came through the post I unpackaged it, and went to make a cup of coffee to drink while I read it. However, when I got back from the kitchen, my partner had already claimed the book as his own! An hour or so later he glanced my way and said 'It's a good book, this'. When I eventually managed to prise it out of his hands I spent hours going through it, reading and re-reading bits. I had expected it to be a bit like John Seymour's book, 'The Complete Guide to Self-Sufficiency' (another book I love), so I was pleasantly surprised to find that it actually had quite a lot more to offer to me, as a city-dweller. It hasn't yet made it to our bookshelves, spending its time between being read on the footstool, ready to be picked up next time I sit down. Calling it a 'bible' is so apt. It's a fantastic book to have.

As a 1st-year allotmenteer, the pages on growing food are extremely useful, with tips, guides and calendars presented in a friendly, non-patronizing manner. You almost feel you are being advised by friends. I am also a hobby-cook, and have successfully tested some of the recipes given. I'm not a fan of traditional-style cook books, which usually contain recipes with huge lists of the sort of ingredients a normal person just doesn't keep in stock, so it's quite refreshing to find a book containing recipes which use things I actually already have. The recipes also are based around seasonal eating, which is what a self-sufficient(ish) kitchen is all about.

Other chapters include home-brewing (something I tried unsuccessfully years ago and will be re-trying using Dave and Andy Hamilton's guides), environmentally friendly house keeping, energy, travel ..... the list goes on.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Nobody Famous on 17 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
It's hard to praise this book enough. Easy to read, well laid out, full of ideas that not only can you do, but you also want to do. Andy and Dave Hamilton have successfully found a way to make going green accessible without preaching, or patronising or just getting boring.

For an idea of their style, go to their self sufficient-ish website. The book has the same relaxed feel to it.

Well done Andy & Dave Hamilton!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. Mc on 24 April 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is a fantastic way to ease into a more self-sufficient lifestyle. It has been written in a friendly manner and is really easy to read.

Full of easy step-by-step projects and explanations in layman's terms. It makes everything seem so simple, easy and fun. Covering everything from growing herbs in old tires to solar water heating and home-made toys.

If you want to be greener but are daunted, then this book is perfect for you. It goes into more detail in places and gives relevant sources to find out more.

Once you open it though, it is hard to put it down again.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Pompom VINE VOICE on 12 Sept. 2008
Format: Hardcover
When I got this book I just couldn't put it down. Not only is it beautiful (packed with gorgeous pictures) but it's jam packed full of good ideas. Everything (for any pocket) from installing clingfilm double glazing, making a bird table, a hay box cooker, homemade skin care, growing things, defeating slugs (if only there was a fool proof way!) - actually so many ideas to help you on the self sufficient route! You can dip in and out and take as much or as little as you need. I was unlucky to miss out on Andy and Dave's talk and foraging walk at the Dartington Ways with Words Festival - but based on their book I bet that was fab too. All in all a great book - I'll be giving some as presents. Is another one in the offing?

And - it isn't preachy or rammed down your throat. Very good things in my book!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Tinker Bell on 7 April 2008
Format: Hardcover
Andy and Dave Hamilton, have created an eco friendly revolution with their new book "Self-sufficientish Bible". Not just scrumptious with their easy to follow bites of information on growing veg and being eco-friendly but also "good for you". The Hamilton twins provide support by incorporating a greener way of life to the urban environments the majority of us have to live in.
So you don't have a field? Get an allotment or grow Veg in your garden. Keep a couple of free range chickens,or if you can, ducks.
Live in a flat? Grow seeds on your windowsill and strawberry plants from a hanging basket. Save on electricity, and lower your fuel/food bills. I am very impressed with this book not only for its wide range of tips but also for the new outlook of city life it has given me.You can be in touch with nature and the environment where ever you live.
This is a must read for anyone who wants to create a greener way of life. Andy and Dave prove that playing your part for the environment is much simpler and much more fun than it might first appear.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 5 Jan. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a fab book for those who are either wanting to be self sufficient, or those wanting to leave a smaller footprint on the earth.

The Hamilton brothers who wrote it have a great writing style that is easy to read and understand. Each section is easily digested and leaves you with a yearning to put it into practice.

The photos are demonstrative and show a little of the Hamilton Humour.

The Self Sufficient-Ish Bible is fantastic for those living in cities/rented accommodation. Both of the authors are in that position and they realise that no everyone has an acre of land, or their own property to pull apart and put back together, hence the philosophy of SelfSufficientish.

Highly recommended.
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