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Self-Sufficiency: A Complete Guide to Baking, Carpentry, Crafts, Organic Gardening, Preserving Your Harvest, Raising Animals and More!

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Now, more than ever, people across the country are turningtoward simpler, greener, and quieter ways of living--whetherthey're urbanites or country folk. Following in the footsteps ofBack to Basics and Homesteading, this large, fully-illustrated bookprovides the entire family with the information they need to makethe shift toward self-sufficient living.Self-Sufficiency prov ...more
Published by Right Way (first published November 1st 2010)
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Apr 21, 2011 Malbadeen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You know what this book is? It's bullshit, that's what it is!

You see the title? It's a "COMPLETE guide to baking, carpentry, crafts, organic gardening, preserving your harvest, raising animals and more!"....more?! we don't need "more". We need less. A LOT LESS.

I don't know if the rest of you out there are experiencing this but in the lovely city of Portland Oregon it's perfectly normal to forage side walk weeds for your dinner, have chickens walking around your front yard and bees humming in yo
Feb 28, 2012 Brittany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is sub par. It doesn't have very much in depth explanation or information. It briefly covers topic that require more information on materials and other things. One category that was particularly lacking was its pottery section. It only dedicated about 2 1/2 pages and didn't provide any thorough information on how to do. It pretty much just said that pottery is a great way to create containers, bowls, etc. and a great project for children...okay. That doesn't tell me anything. If you wa ...more
Jun 17, 2011 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's not that complete. Very basic instruction. Highlights of many topics, nothing really deep, though. Good intro type for the very novice.
Aug 27, 2014 Joanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a fair book for an overall ideas on self sufficiency, but complete? Ehh, not quite.

450 pages isn't enough to be a complete guide on raising livestock, much less all of the other things listed in the title.

Most subjects in here are covered briefly, not completely.

That said, my only real gripe is with the title overselling the amount of information within. However, I knew that picking it up that it couldn't be "complete", but what it IS is extensive.

There are a surprising amount of skills
Sep 29, 2012 Kendra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave this three stars because I didn't pick it up intending to learn a great deal of new information, or to use the information to make any changes in my life or in the way we live here on our quarter acre in suburbia...indeed, this book is not the end-all-be-all how-to manual that it advertises it self to be.
Instead, I enjoyed this book as a mediocre intro to one of my new favorite genres of books: coffe table books that make me feel like doing something. Soooooo much better than pinterest an
Kim Forsythe
I hate when recently published books (2010) have pictures that look like the book was published in the 90s. That is not why I gave this book two stars. Does all of this information have to be in one book? Too much to pack in, not enough of the good stuff. Start a vineyard? Breed horses? Start a garden? Please! When the recipes look bland and out of place, maybe they should be left out.
Jun 23, 2012 Fvandrog rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am very dissatisfied with this book. It seems to be written on kindergarten level, and very general in description of many issues. In an attempt to put everything in one book, Gehring has failed to be comprehensive at the same time. A book like Seymour's is infinitely more helpfull, both for beginning gardeners and homesteaders as well as those that are more advanced.
Sep 29, 2015 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks, garden
lots of info for a single book.
while it has whole chapters about things I'm not interested in at the moment, like raising animals, it seems like it could be a good book to have on hand for reference. I'm not sure how proficient you could become at any of the topics with this information but it should give you a good start.
Jul 18, 2014 Steven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Gardening section is fairly complete. The rest of the book, not so much. More of a good beginner's guide. The junior homesteading projects look like a fun way to introduce children to the basics and teach them that food doesn't come from a plastic container.
Leah Casarez

Very basic. I felt like I was reading an elementary school text book. My 4th grader loved it.
Feb 06, 2012 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book is difficult to use because it is rectangular and heavy. It would make a good home reference book, but I think the binding would come apart.
Sep 06, 2014 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-sufficiency
Paged through it. This book is also based on having all the right equipment available. This book is geared toward children, but has lots of good basic info and easy to read.
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there's a lot in this book, but it's an overview of too making things all crammed together.
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Abigail R. Gehring is a writer who divides her time between New York City and rural Vermont. She is the editor of Back to Basics, Homesteading, and Self-Sufficiency, and author of Odd Jobs: How to Have Fun and Make Money in a Bad Economy and Dangerous Jobs: The World’s Riskiest Ways to Make an Extra Buck. The Simple Joys of Grandparenting: Stories, Nursery Rhymes, Recipes, Games, Crafts, and More. ...more
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