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The Self Sufficient-ish Bible: An Eco-living Guide for the 21st Century Paperback – April 1, 2010

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From Publishers Weekly

British twins Andy and Dave Hamilton provide an inspiring blueprint for eco-living in this elegantly styled guide. The first-time authors posit that while it's impossible—or at least undesirable—to revert to foraging and cave-dwelling, it is possible to be self sufficient-ish. To that end, they roll out hundreds of suggestions in four general areas (home, garden, food and lifestyle) to help readers live more harmoniously with Mother Earth. Particularly engaging are their discussions of small-scale beekeeping, harvesting of wild foods, home beer, wine and cider making, small space kitchen gardening and low-carbon holidays. While a long list of books on permaculture and other techniques have helped thousands get off the grid, this book has a more inviting feel for those who want to make à la carte green adjustments to their life. The book does have drawbacks: much of its information can be found on the authors' own popular site (www.selfsufficientish.com); and the exclusive British focus leaves those in other countries confused during lengthy discussions of specific edible mushrooms and planting calendars. Yet the book's lush color photography, earnest prose and pragmatic approach will appeal widely as concern over global warming mounts. (Nov.)
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"An inspiring blueprint for eco-living . . . the book's lush color photography, earnest prose and pragmatic approach will appeal widely as concern over global warming mounts."  —Publishers Weekly


"Very visually appealing and will undoubtedly circulate based on looks alone . . . Beautiful photos and helpful instructional drawings abound . . . a great source for anyone looking to go greener . . . Recommended for most public libraries."  —Library Journal


"Offer[s] hundreds of ways to live in an eco-friendly way."  —Teen Vogue

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340951028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340951026
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,024,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hey!

First things first, I'll give you my warning: This book was written for people living in England. Not America or any other country. However, the fount of infomation still applies...for the most part. However, there are a few things I still must do research in to figure out about (ex. What in the world are courgettes and marrows?) and a few things that simply don't apply outside England (ex. Planting and Harvesting Calendar and the supplies section).

But there WERE a great many cool projects and some really wonderful information on how to be as green as possible when circumstances deam you can't be completely self-sufficient. Because, let's face it, the majority of us simply can't leave the modern lifestyle behind completely. Nor do many of us want to. This book is great for suggesting how to live a self sufficient-ish lifestyle. Not quite living in the boonies, with no money, no job, and no contact with the outside world, but not completely enmeshed in the modern wasteful lifestyle, either. Sure, I don't agree with every word in here, and I don't know that I'd be completely against living in the boonies with no money, no job, and no contact with the outside world. But this book gives me a way to be self-sufficient-ish until I can do something like that, which is a wonderful thing.

Hope this helps all of you potential customers, and happy reading!

Luv ya,
Tashi :)
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Format: Hardcover
This book gives great information on a broad variety of topics from gardening to self sufficiency on the homestead. You can glean information on crop rotation, what vegetables work well with what kinds of herbs not to mention the information on how to make cleaning supplies for yourself and your clothes and home. VERY interesting and has useful addresses, books, and sites in the back!
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An absolutely amazing book packed full of useful information. It covers all areas of self sufficiency and in a lot of detail. It covers areas you wouldn't even consider yourself so its a really worthwhile investment. I got it for Christmas and had it read by boxing day, I just couldn't put it down. Its written beautifully so you never get bored or feel over faced by it and has lots of little tit bits of additional information to make it an even more enjoyable read. 2 massive thumbs up to the Hamiltons, I'll definitely be buying any future works of theirs.
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This is a great book that has so many tips and ways of doing things that I never thought of. Even though I'm in a different climate than they're in I can still use so much of the information. It's very practical and has made me a bit more conscious of some of the decisions I make concerning my food, things that I use in my house, and my overall footprint on God's earth.
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Interesting subject and thoughtfully written. As someone who is exploring and increasing my knowledge in this area, I appreciate the fact that the authors give ideas and personal insight without sounding self-righteous or preaching. They offer options in a friendly, approachable style. Even though it's British, it is a handy reference book for Americans as well.
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I really enjoyed this book, the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is hard to put my finger on. Maybe it was too general and gave a lot of good ideas but didn't fully flush out anything in particular. If you want a book that lets you dream up an ideal life, this book is great but if you want to start living this life style it's more of a starting point. Best part is the little project pages where they lay out how to make things such as the newspaper planters, fun little projects you can do in an afternoon.
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