A bible for back-to-the-landers—even if the “land” is only a postage-stamp-sized city lot, Fasenfest’s utilitarian and utopian guide follows in the footsteps of such iconic manuals for rational living as the nineteenth-century’s McGuffey’s Reader and the 1970s’ The Whole Earth Catalog. Destined to be as influential in its time, Fasenfest’s treatise is filled with homespun philosophy and hard-won wisdom as she tackles everything from churning one’s own butter to curing one’s own ham. Month by month, Fasenfest takes her observations of the world around her and translates them into activities for reclaiming home and hearth, garden and psyche from the forces of resource-depleting agribusiness and time-sucking technology. The term she gives this mode of conscientious living is “householding,” a quaint expression for a very contemporary conundrum, and while the changes she advocates can be daunting, the rewards are delectable. Part manifesto, part confessional, yet totally practical and attainable, Fasenfest’s inviting, impassioned guide delineates precise ways homeowners can develop the skill sets necessary for self-sufficiency. --Carol Haggas
"Part manifesto, part confessional, yet totally practical and attainable, Fasenfest's inviting, impassioned guide delineates precise ways homeowners can develop the skill sets necessary for self-sufficiency."
"A Householder’s Guide to the Universe is like a thick slice of rhubarb pie. Tart, saucy, colorful. . . [Fasenfest] charts a month-by-month plan of attackand make no mistake, she’s a kitchen warrior, picking and preserving her edibles like a many-armed Ganeshinviting urbanites to harvest and ferment their way to a more tasty, meaningful life."
Householding, in Harriet's view, is about a return to the rhythms and traditions of gardening, food storage, cooking and family life, all of which she fervently believes grounds people. . . If you're thinking about really throwing yourself into gardening and home life, this is a good book to get.”
"A Householder’s Guide to the Universe is not quite the typical DIY homemaking manualit is part autobiography, part reference manual, part garden journal. . . Fasenfest is simultaneously expert and self-depreciating, funny and then deeply personal."
"Whether you choose to read Fasenfest’s tome on a month-by-month basis, turn straight to the planting guide or spend an afternoon gleaning nuggets from the instructional and inspirations gems contained within, be prepared to look at your own universe a little differently."
"Reading [Fasenfest's] advice, you can't help but get caught up in her urban homesteading revolution and the notion that it will cure what ails our culture."
The Eugene Register-Guard
"Harriet Fasenfast is a skilled urban homesteader with a lot to share. I love the way she weaves together practical gardening tips and food preservation techniques with relevant personal stories and philosophical reflections. A Householder's Guide to the Universe is charming and inviting, sure to be a source of inspiration to anyone aspiring to get closer to the source and produce their own food."Sandor Ellix Katz, author of Fermentation and The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved
"This is a wonderful book. Harriet Fasenfest is like a wise and kind
Northwestern neighbor who has time for you."
- Shannon Hayes, author of Radical Homemakers, The Grassfed Gourmet, and The Farmer and the Grill
"When [Harriet Fasenfest's] book arrived last fall, I gobbled it up like a thriller, because it's so full of good information, and I wanted to see what she was going to do next. A Householder's Guide to the Universe isn't a strict DIY book, nor is it just a memoir, nor is it solely an examination of how corporations have colonized even the most personal corners of our livesit's all of those and more."Bookslut