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Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World Paperback – April 26, 2011
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This is not one of those books. This is brilliant in its simplicity. The recipes and ingredients are so elemental, the authors might be the Prometheus of Home Ec. I've had the book for five days. Not only do I not need to buy half that domestic list anymore (and I imagine that will only grow as I work my way through more projects), but I don't know what I'm going to do with the stuff -the shaving cream, the detangler, the toilet cleaner, the windex- that's already in the house because this homemade stuff is BETTER than the store bought junk. What I like best about this book might be how it's changed the feel of my whole place. There's life and processes everywhere: soap is curing, the hair rinse is steeping, seedlings are sprouting, herbs are growing. I look at things around my home and see new uses for them. I see something I typically buy and think "I could make that." There's something peacefully reassuring about this but more so it's a loud humming of anticipation, excitement, and almost manic creativity. After about 8 projects, I started thinking "There needs to be a recipe for solid perfume! I'd really love a recipe for throat lozenges! With honey!Read more ›
I happen to be a bit of a veteran in this area, for years having made my own laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, toothpaste, kombucha, gardening, canning, you name it. I've flipped through many books on this subject and have never been impressed - it's all either extremely rudimentary to the point of stupidity, or overly complicated and expensive. This book is neither: it's simple but not without explanation, inexpensive and accessible, and even projects that should be a little more difficult are explained clearly and in great detail. Nearly half of the projects I've already done variations of or do on a regular basis, yet there was still material I learned a great deal from. Soapmaking is one thing I will specifically mention.
Soapmaking books tend to be focused on making "pretty" or scented or "exfoliating" or some other stupid fancy complicated things. I've wanted to make bar soap for years - just basic, simple, easy, practical. This book contains a recipe for "blender soap" - 3 ingredients and a blender. And the lye they recommend using? Common drain opener available in most hardware stores. To borrow from the extensive reviewer Auntie Claus... it is "brilliant in its simplicity." That's really an accurate description of this entire book. I already have two batches of soap curing and this information alone was worth its purchase.
(I will also add that they include the "hard way" of making soap via the traditional method of lard and homemade lye from wood ash.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very practical book that's not too overwhelming. I liked how the author opened up some fundamentals to living that we take for granted in this post modern society. Read morePublished 3 months ago by JJ
Cool book. almost everything i tried so far was pretty successfulPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is full of recipes for all kinds of household cleaners and other personal products, using the old fashioned recipes that our grandparents grew up with. Read morePublished 5 months ago by LYNN
Written by people who actually know what they're talking about and have experience to back it up!Published 11 months ago by Michelle
I like this one although I have yet to read it from cover to cover. I give only 4 stars because it is dedicated to all those who are currently in their kitchen or garden.... Read morePublished 14 months ago by SouthernTransplant
This book is so cool!! I have already started to make some of the recipes. A great read even when you're not creating. Highly recommend! Love it!Published 15 months ago by Frequent Flyer
A wealth of information. Have already tried some of the ideas and they worked well for me.Published 17 months ago by donna