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The Hands-On Home: A Seasonal Guide to Cooking, Preserving & Natural Homekeeping Hardcover – Illustrated, September 29, 2015
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How do we live in an information-age society without abandoning our claim to the simple joys of slower, more self-reliant days? How do we prioritize our time and our money so that our hands-on home enhances our freedom instead of diminishing it? How do we live an actively simpler life while surrounded by messages of ever-greater consumption? This is our great challenge.
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One-Hour Ricotta Cheese
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Vanilla-Ginger-Bourbon Pear Preserves
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"This title enables an easy start down the path to a homemade, fun, environmentally responsible lifestyle. Home cooks will discover fresh recipes and adopt techniques the author shared from her professional kitchen experience."
"Offers tips for sustainability-minded modern homemaking. With recipes and instructions for 'urban homesteading,' this book explores reducing consumption and living healthfully."
—Alaska Beyond, Alaska Airlines magazine
"Strauss chronicles her homemade life in The Hands-On Home. The beginner-friendly book features 77 food recipes (think green herb lamb chops with preserved lemon oil) and 38 home and body-care recipes."
"[Erica Strauss is] something like a one-woman Sunset magazine for home cooks and gardeners in the Seattle region. In this "seasonal guide to cooking, preserving, and natural home keeping" she relays recipes and advice for making your kitchen and home as DIY as you like, from making your own tortillas to making your own toothpaste. An attractively photographed, empowering doorstop of a book, whether readers want to learn canning or want to change their lives."
—The Seattle Times
"The book is separated by season, offering simple tips and tricks for the quiet, cozy activism of taking back your home, from seasonal recipes and preserving tips to guides to making your own Bronners-style Castile soap, DIY oven cleaner, and lip balm."
"The Hands-On Home by Erica Strauss is a practical primer for modern, natural homesteading with advice on cooking, preserving, cleaning, and personal care. Organized by season, it offers a years’ worth of do-able projects for DIY living, plus enticing recipes like Swiss Chard Gratin and Short Ribs in Red Wine."
"Erica Strauss acts as your seasonal guide to cooking, cleaning and caring for yourself and your family in a more active way, and making your house truly feel like a home."
"[The] bath bombs are fun to make and the reward for your efforts is a long soak in a heavenly scented bath. Kids love them and if you can bear to give them away, they make great gifts."
—The Simple Things
"[The Hands-On Home] includes creative, money-saving tips covering just about every aspect of homekeeping."
"Pinterest-perfect craft[s] that are as useful as they are cute."
—Mother Earth News
About the Author
- Item Weight : 2.94 pounds
- Hardcover : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1570619913
- ISBN-13 : 978-1570619915
- Product Dimensions : 8.7 x 2 x 9.8 inches
- Publisher : Sasquatch Books; Illustrated Edition (September 29, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #100,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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