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For newbies only, if even
on January 15, 2012
Nothing new here folks. I think these topics have been covered just as well or better in a slew of books that started with The Nearings "The Good Life", and maybe even earlier in Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management (circa 1861). As others have mentioned, the text design is difficult to read, but I doubt that the authors picked it. I also know after 30 years of homesteading (both urban and rural) that there are better ways to do a lot of this stuff. For one thing ladies, don't make your own menstrual pads, buy yourself the reusable Keeper or Diva Cup (search on-line for sites) and you will never have to buy a tampon again. Olive oil lamps are useless, invest in an Aladdin brand lamp for easy reading and working - it will last a lifetime with proper care. I did find there was something sweet and genuine in the goal of this book and it's actually why I gave it three stars. Each generation seems to feel the tug to go back to the "simple life", and each seems to think they are the first to invent the concept. I wish anyone interested in this topic and lifestyle have a chance to explore and experience it. I would suggest you take this book out of the library and actually buy The Encyclopedia of Country Living: An Old Fashioned Recipe Book by Carla Emery to really get back to basics.