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Product Details

  • Series: Homemade Living
  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts; First Edition edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600596274
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600596278
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ashley English is a lifelong cook, baker and gardener with a wide breadth of knowledge on issues of sustainability and foodways. Ashley is a member of Slow Food USA and has worked over the years with a number of non-profit organisations committed to social and agricultural issues.

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Ashley English has earned degrees in holistic nutrition and sociology. She has worked over the years with a number of nonprofit organizations committed to social and agricultural issues, is currently a member of Slow Food USA, has a bimonthly column for the popular blog Design*Sponge entitled "Small Measures with Ashley", a column for the quarterly publication "Taproot", a monthly pie-baking post on the Mrs. Wages website, and a monthly column in Verve magazine, entitled "English Lessons." She is the author of four books in The Homemade Living Series (Canning & Preserving, Keeping Chickens, Keeping Bees, Home Dairy), as well as A Year of Pies, all from Lark Crafts.

Ashley has been featured in major publications, including Food & Wine, Delish, Edible Magazines, and Anthology. She has been a repeat guest on Martha Stewart Radio on SiriusFM. She blogs at www.smallmeasure.com. Ashley lives in Candler, NC with her husband, their young son, and a menagerie of animals.

People everywhere are embracing local, seasonal foods with an interest in knowing how and where it's produced, to become engaged in their community, with a desire for self-sustainability, and to enjoy fresh flavors. In this beautifully photographed series, Ashley English shows how you can participate in the homemade living movement, walking alongside you each step of the way with practical, need-to-know information; personal reflections of her own experiences; profiles of people living this lifestyle; and unique recipes you'll want in your repertoire. Filled with just the right mix of knowledgeable guidance and friendly encouragement, these books provide you with the essential basics to start enriching your own homemade life.

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There are basic techniques and extended information on how to make an International list of products.
Just Falcon
This book is the greatest: simple, complete and easy to follow directions with lots of great pictures that are really helpful.
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I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to make delicious homemade dairy foods and beauty supplies at home.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By C. Owings on April 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
So enjoyed this book on home dairy-ing! It is refreshing to those of us who have been making our own butter, yogurt,and cheese to have the cat out of the bag. There is a lot of 'fear' surrounding doing your own fermenting, dairy products, just plain cooking. This book dispels all of that for someone who yearns to explore the underbelly of making all the wonderful things our grandparents made without a big broohaha, they just did it. Corporate food processors have squashed our own buried homemade food spirits. Ashley's book is a page turner to the end and it's only about simple milk, in all its delicious forms, good grief!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By JennyB_WA on July 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Like the other books in the Homemade Living series, Home Dairy is beautiful and incredibly informative, aiming to bring yet another aspect of a homemade life within easy reach of the average aspiring homesteader. Ashley English covers history, techniques and equipment, and shares over 40 recipes for making all kinds of dairy goodness like cheese, butter, yogurt, ice cream and body care products.

The photos and design are a feast for the eyes, and the instructions and recipes are as straightforward as can be. Browsing through Home Dairy for the 3rd or 4th time, I was seized with that same uncontrollable hunger I've felt every time I've flipped this book's pages. I decided to make butter. It was easy, fast and delicious!! I can't wait to try some of her other recipes. I think it may be time to dust off the ice cream maker!

Last Christmas, I got my husband two essential books on cheese-making and I should have just waited for this book to come out instead. It covers all the basics and then some to tackle your dairy-making ambitions including a variety of both simple and impressive cheeses. There are even plans for a DIY cheese press! Home Dairy is a great addition to our cookbook and homesteading library. I am antsy to see what's next in the Homemade Living series!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Anna Jatzek on August 14, 2011
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I love this book! It has some amazing pictures and very detailed information for DIY home dairy! And it includes a wide range of projects from easy butter making to more advanced hard cheeses. No better book out there if you want to start making your own dairy products!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cindy on June 1, 2013
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Excited to get this book. I have been checking it out at the library and decided to get a copy for myself. I like it because it give good direction when using RAW milk. Also, the additional info on making homemade lotions and scrubs.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. on November 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As no stranger to English's other books, I was very excited when I finally purchased "Home Dairy". Having been so pleased with her other books, I was hoping that this one would be as enjoyable as the others, and let me say that it lived up to every expectation that I had. The writing is wonderful, the pictures are stunning, recipes to die for, and once again I walked away having learned so much without feeling like done any work. I love how English appeals to every type of person, from those who just want to make a few items, getting their milk from a store, to those that want to go all the way and buy a cow/goat/etc. and do it all on their own. This is a great addition to the "Homemade Living" Series and a triumph for Ashley English.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Seaotter on March 6, 2012
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"Home Dairy," by Ashley English has beautiful pictures throughout, is well written with simple step by step instructions on how to make butter, keifer, yogurt, cottage cheese, soft and hard cheeses. As you have to let them age, hard cheeses are the most labor intensive of all the home dairy products you make. I checked it out from the library and was so taken with it that I purchased my own reference copy. For the new comer to making home dairy, I highly recommend this book. English's instructions will make the thought of making your own dairy products way less intimidating.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Price on May 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I loved reading about the author's journey to making her own dairy products as I feel it's much like my own...starting out small and working up to more as you see the encouragement and satisfaction that comes from making homemade foods. I also loved the visual appeal of the book. Not only is it a great resource of amazing recipes, but it's fun to look at.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has a desire to step out into making their own dairy products. The easy step by step instructions will leave you feeling encouraged and confident that you are providing food that is healthy for your family. It's an excellent book to have as a resource for making your own dairy products.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Annie on February 22, 2014
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I would give this book 5 stars for the variety of foods it covers, but 3 stars for the completeness of instructions. So far I have only made the buttermilk and the yogurt, but there was some important information missing that made me have to go searching the internet to find out: when making the yogurt, is it important or not that I not disturb it when it is culturing? when and how do I flavor it, before or after culturing? can I use (store bought) flavored yogurt as my starter, or does it have to be unsweetened and plain? There is the most basic yogurt "recipe," but most people, I think, are probably going to want flavored yogurt, so some recipe additions would have been very helpful. Otherwise it seems to be very thorough and I'm excited to make some of the wonderful things in here like creme fraiche and feta!
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