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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book for those wanting to try self-sufficiency, 30 Aug 2007
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This review is from: The Concise Guide to Self-Sufficiency (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
5.0 out of 5 stars Once your journey has begun who knows where it may end?, 23 Oct 2007
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.:

* Making Jams & Syrups
* Building Foundations and a Wall
* Digging a Deep Bed
* Sowing and Planting
* Scything
* Storing Potatoes
* Stringing Onions
* Making Bread
* Bottling Tomatoes
* Making Tomato Chutney
* Beer Making
* Making Rose Hip Wine

Useful reference sections include:

* Vegetables
* Herbs
* Soft Fruit
* Tree Fruit
* Poultry
* Wild Fruits
* Mushrooms
* Brewing Basics
* Managing Waste
* Saving Energy
* Essential Knots
* Heat from the Sun

Recipes include:

* Farmhouse Carrot Cake
* Cheese Scones
* Flapjacks
* Baked Cauliflower
* Elderberry Wine

From the introduction from Will Sutherland:

'....this concise version of The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency: The classic guide for realists and dreamers, with its emphasis on practical things which busy people in cities, towns and villages - and those who don't have the wherewithal to take the whole plunge - can do to change the way they live. For most of us the prospect of keeping a cow or even managing one acre, let alone five, of rural smallholding is quite simply not realistic - but there are still many other ways of doing ordinary things differently....We hope this book will inspire you to do just this.....
Most important is the realization of the truth in the old adage that the longest journeys begin with the first step.... So even if you are only able to do just one of the things which are covered in this book, you can count this as success.'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Survival, 30 May 2014
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Excellent advice on how to survive in case need be. Am looking out for a farm as we speak. Thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book, 17 Mar 2014
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Loved John Seymour book, it has such a lot of info in it, I did not know where to start. Really helping us with our urban garden.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must have for anyone interested in learning about self-sufficiency, 6 Jan 2014
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Fantastic Book. Has all the information you want and is very accessible, there are some Great illustrations inside too .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for any household., 28 Aug 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars my view, 4 Feb 2013
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This book does cover a great deal of what I wanted to know but did not give as much detail as I expected.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STOP! WAIT FOR THE REPRINT!!!, 30 Aug 2007
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiration, 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Self sufficiency at it's best, 23 Jan 2011
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This is one of those books considered the bible in it's genre, great for dipping in and out of. Excellent Value for money from Amazon
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