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Self-Sufficiency on a Shoestring: Recipes for a new, fun and free lifestyle Paperback – April 24, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Betterway Books; Original edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440318751
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440318757
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,986,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alan and Gill Bridgewater have an in-depth knowledge and years of experience with self-sufficiency. Their enthusiasm for growing their own food and caring for animals is well known, and in this authoritative book they also share information about generating off-grid energy. They have written several highly acclaimed self-sufficiency books.

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By EJ McMahan on September 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
Summary: I read this entire book in a few hours. It was too nonspecific about solutions, instead using vague ideas in the he place of real solutions. This book was more like a list of the most basic, obvious solutions that anyone willing to pay $20 for this book already knows. It offered nothing that a quick google search for "Self Sufficiency" couldn't provide. Buy "The Urban Homestead" by Kelly Coyne instead - It's much better.

The authors chose not to instruct the reader on anything. They write about how their grandfather went to great lengths to make everyday objects with scraps lying around, going so far as to make a knife out of a melted spring, but went into absolutely no detail on how to accomplish such a thing. I'm not expecting a how-to on how to make every little thing, but it would have been nice to have a little more detail other than generic McGuiver statements on how he built a boat with nothing but a shoestring and old gum.

I'm also really bothered by the section on "Off Grid Living." It seemed to insist that to live off the grid you NEED to move. The options they listed were A.) to move somewhere where there are no people at all, or B.) move to an off grid community - and that's it. How absurd! They later discuss how they renovated their own farmhouse (without going into details of course, except to say that they "added more insulation.") Which brings me to ask why that farmhouse needed to be in the middle of nowhere since they were renovating it anyway. Surely logic dictates that renovations are not reserved solely for the wilderness.

The one section that could have truly saved this book was the section on off-grid power. Apparently this couple purchased solar panels straight from China and installed in themselves.
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By Linda McCormick on November 30, 2014
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great book thanks for good service
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By eee on January 24, 2013
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I for one thoroughly enjoyed this book; I thought it had a good general overall layout of many different topics, and the book itself and the photographs were absolutely beautiful and inspiring.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shak on September 19, 2012
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I didn't learn anything here that wasn't already completely obvious. It reads like a bad high school essay on 'Being Green.' There are much better books out there, go buy one of them.
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