on 30 August 2007
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!
on 13 March 2008
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!