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Self Sufficiency For The 21st Century [Hardcover]

James And Strawbridge
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book if you want to live a greener life Aug. 2 2010
This book is awesome, it has everything from how to take care of your peas, to how to build a house. If you want to live a little greener, there are lots of ideas, from simple to huge projects. I could put it this way, if I was stuck on a deserted island, this would be the book I would want to have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Oct. 6 2013
By Toolman
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Well worth the money. This one has everything from soup to nuts. Gives the reader a lot of useful knowledge. I would definitely would give this book as a gift to someone interested in Self Sufficency.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not exhaustive, but tons of info July 29 2013
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I borrowed this from the library and immediately bought my own copy. It has tons and tons of practical projects in self sufficiency, and while not all have extremely detailed instructions, the instructions generally give you a pretty good idea of whether a job is too complicated for you to tackle just yet, or if it's something you'd want to explore more. Tons of pictures, diagrams and layouts, as well as recipes and tips make this a super fun book for me as i begin my first year on the farm, milking, gardening, making cheese and caring for bottle baby animals...
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great read and resource May 17 2013
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a clear concise, enjoyable read with lots of ideas and how-to's. I had actually read most of this book while babysitting and was so impressed that I had to order one for myself. Even though the authors farm in England they mention a lot of ideas and products available in North America.

I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in being self sufficient, homesteading, or just having a wee garden to call their own.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Superficial coverage, Written for UK readers Nov. 19 2010
By equus - Published on Amazon.com
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"The complete guide to a simpler, greener life" announces the back cover. It also offers to provide step-by-step guidance to becoming more energy efficient, raise and manage livestock and woodlots and gardens.

The book is divided up into sections: an introduction into a "new way to self-sufficiency", "The Home" "The Yard" and "Traditional Knowledge" with subchapters on building with straw bales, alternative energy, hydroponics, growing, foraging, keeping specific livestock, preserving food, working with wood, and others--

I was disappointed with this book for two reasons. First, it is geared primarily toward readers in the U.K. On page 153..."Here are a couple of unusual trees we plan to try"--namely, Pecans and Honey Locust! And in the section on food preservation, I was astonished to read, "Preserving vegetables at home by canning is not advisable since they have to be heated to a very high temperature to make them safe"... "Our advice is to only can fruit, and preserve your vegetables by freezing them". The other criticism is that while the authors touch upon many topics, none go in depth to the extent that you could master the skill--for example there are two pages on bee keeping from establishing a colony to gathering honey. In less than one page we are instructed how to slaughter and butcher beef, with most of that showing a large beef carcass with cuts drawn on it.

The book is useful for getting an overview of farm life and getting ideas for further study--but you certainly won't become self sufficient by reading this book. More helpful resources I would recommend include archives of The Mother Earth News, available on CD, and Carla Emery's The Encyclopedia of Country Living.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Usefull tips for all! Jan. 11 2011
By Melinda - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has great ideas for everybody, not just those in the UK. There are more ideas than just plant based ones, the greenhouse heat sink is my fave and very applicable for anyone with a greenhouse. It probably wouldn't be very helpful for the city farmer, it does have some ideas but I feel it is mostly applicable for those with a bit of land to work with. If you are interested in gardening only this probably isn't the book for you, but, if you like to try your hand at a little of everything this is a must have!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Dec 8 2010
By monark - Published on Amazon.com
I loved this book. I couldn't stop looking through it.I personally found so much helpful information in it to help us live a more sustainable life. I found it to be very thorough, well laid out and I also thought it was just a beautiful book to look through. I especially liked all the photos with the little numbers beside individual items and a matching list so you could know what exactly you are looking at.I live here in the US and still found it extremly useful and very detailed.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some neat ideas, written for a UK audience. - DO NOT TRUST PRESERVING SECTION! Aug. 17 2011
By J. Grieco - Published on Amazon.com
This book has some rather neat and different ideas for around the farm, but it doesn't really go into depth on any of them. Lots of little details that could make or break a project are skimmed over. And while its nice to see how they do things across the pond, I would have liked to know that it was written for a UK audience before I bought it.

The canning and food storage sections are good for a laugh if you know anything about canning or preserving food. But for someone trying to learn from scratch how to can or preserve - this book could well be a death sentence.

The book says things like; "Canning is a good way to preserve fruits, but it is not suitable for vegetables." "because canning is only appropriate for foods with a high acid content." They advise that to can anything other than high acid foods that you would need "a specialty pressure canner,..." While only pages earlier they sing the praises of the "modern easy to use pressure cookers" Calling them a "must-have eco-gadget for the kitchen"

The two very limited canning methods they do provide are very likely to lead to botulinum poisoning. They advocate only the Pan method and the Oven method. Both methods are very, very unsafe to use. Have they never heard of the Ball blue book over there?

It's full of lots of neat ideas(some more fully baked than others), many recipes that I won't hesitate to try, and many, many pretty pictures.

Buy this book to get some neat ideas, and then read more in-depth on them from other sources before implementing them. Check out the pretty pictures and try the yummy recipes.

Just don't trust the preserving section.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Sept. 22 2012
By K. Imai - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is filled with ideas that can be scaled down or modified based on your needs. More than anything, it keeps you motivated. My husband and I love it.
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