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The idea is good, but.....
on 10 March 2005
When I first saw the book, I liked it a lot. The idea behind it (not complete self-sufficiency, but just a bit of independence from the consumer society - mainly by reducing the food bill) is good, the writing is amusing and easy to read.
BUT: When I read through for the first time I noticed some errors (soaked nettles smell just as bad as soaked animal dung - if not worse, the idea of putting wine into an oven that's hotter than for joghurt-making to get it up to drinking temperature could get Yeoman banned from France) and when I started to try out things, I found more (my orange peel are difficult enough to get to burn, I never managed to start a fire with them, as Yeoman suggests). Based on this, I certainly would not rely on the book for survival in a real life-or-death situation (as the last part, "Recipes for Real" suggests).
Still, there are some useful ideas - the best thing would probably be to borrow the book and copy down what seems useful. Writing down the good ideas is necessary anyway, as the table of contents is more concerned about being "cute" than informative ("Put a Tabby in the Tank"), the structure of chapters and sections is not always logical, and the index is not very useful either - I had to reread the book to find the section about conserving fat (which then worked).