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101 selfsufficientish books....

Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:04 am
by Clara
Which books could you not be selfsufficientish without, whether they are practical or simply inspirational?

1. In lieu of The Selfsufficientish Bible it has to be The Complete Guide to Self Sufficiency - John Seymour

2. RHS Fruit and Vegetable gardening

3. Preserved - Sandler & Acton

Any more .....?

Clara x.

Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 11:06 am
by red
4 green cuisine by Anna Ross
5 the expert book on vegetables
6 Geoff Hamiltons 'ornamental kitchen garden'

Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 12:26 pm
by Wombat
7. Backyard Self sufficiency - Jackie French
8. The survivial Handbook (Subtitled - Self sufficiency for everyone - Michael Allaby ed.
9 The Foxfire Series
10 Back to basics - Readers Digest
11. Your Own Rersources - Michael Richardson
12. The Integral Urban House - The Farallones Institute
13. The Autonomous House - Brenda and richard Vale
14. Toward Self Sufficiency - Bill Connor
15. Lawns into Lunch - Jill Finanne
16. Backyard permaculture - Linda Woodrow
17. Living the Good life - Linda Cockburn
18. Backyard Poultry - Naturally - Alanna Moore
19. Self Sufficiency - John and Sally Seymour
20. The Fat of the land - John Seymour
21. The Hard Times Handbook - Keith and Irene Smith
22. The Hard Time Kitchen Handbook - ibid
23. Energy Works - Keith Smith
24. Edible Landscaping - Rosalind Creasy
25. Chicken Tractor - Andy Lee and Pat Foreman.

I could go on and on!


Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 2:09 pm
by Clara
Please do! I´m looking to expand my library!

Anyone got a recommendation for goat literature?

Clara x.

Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 2:12 pm
by Clara
26. 500 recipes Jams Pickles & Chutneys - Marguerite Patten

27.Build your own earth oven - Kiko Denzer

Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 2:37 pm
by the.fee.fairy
28. Its Not Easy Being Green
29. The Womens Institute big book of Recipes

Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 2:48 pm
by contadino
30 Goat Husbandry by David Mackenzie (there you go Clara)
31 5 Acres and Independence by MG Kains
32 Lifting the Lid published by CAT

I'll leave Contadina to recommend the Winnie the Pooh Cookbook. :lol:

Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 3:32 pm
by contadina
33. Storey's Basic Country Skills (it's quite a tome and good to cross reference with much of the stuff in the Seymour books).

And yes the Winnie the Pooh cookbook does have some great, simple and no-nonsense dishes but I'd probably recommend the following for the kitchen as they'll all help you come up with some interesting dishes when you have a glut to contend with.

34. Cranks cookbook
35. anything by Rosie Elliot
36. Hugh's River Cottage Cookbook has some nice dishes but also useful info on animal husbandry, butchering, wild foods etc.

Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:06 pm
by Clara
Thanks Contadino - so many really dumb questions I need to find answers to about my goats :oops:

Now then if we´re taking a tangent towards cook books then...

37&38 Moro & Casa Moro for cuisine based on ingredients in this part of the world

39 Covent Garden Soup Company Book of Soups

Also couldn´t live without Cranks original cook book, from a more innocent age when brown sugar was still considered a health food! Too many vegan raw fanatics round here! Bring on the Homity pies :cheers:

Clara x.

Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:12 pm
by Shirley
I've only just realised that there is a contadinO and a contadinA!!

I love the Cranks book too - P999J and I have been cooking from that book today :)

I'll need to go through my bookshelves to give proper details of books that I can recommend... a job for tomorrow methinks.

Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 7:14 am
by Wombat
Clara wrote:Please do! I´m looking to expand my library!

Anyone got a recommendation for goat literature?

Clara x.
OK, you asked for it!

A Practical Guide to Small Scale Goatkeeping - Billie Luisi
Raising Milk Goats the Modern Way - Jerry Belanger
Backyard Farming - Ann Williams
The Village Technology Handbook - VITA (ANYTHING by the VITA is good - they are the American equivalnt of the UKs Intermediate Technology Development Group.)
Work from waste - Jon Vogler
The appropriate Technology Sourcebook I & II - Ken Darrow and Rick Pam
Recycle, Reclaim, Reuse - Alan B Hayes
European Peasant Cookery - Elizabeth Luard
Homesteading in the city - Nancy Seligman
Eating Better for Less - Ray Wolf (ed)
Home Cheesemaking - Ricki Carroll
The City People's Book of Raising Food - Helga and William Olkowski
The good life in the '90s - Mary Moody
Goodbye to the Flush Toilet - Carol Hupping Stoner (ed)
Planning your Own Organic Vegetable Garden - Dick Kitto
The Earth Garden Book of Alternative Energy - Alan T. Gray
The Book of Tofu - William Shurtleff & Akiko Aoyagi (Try and say THAT with a mouthful of chips)
Preserving - Oded Schwartz
Self Sufficiency in the Eighties - Mario and Lesley Zolin
Surviving in the Eighties - Michael Boddy and Richard Beckett
The Scythe Book - David Tresemer
The Art of Blacksmithing - Alex W. Bealer
Old Ways of Working with Wood - Alex W. Bealer
Green Woodwork - Mike Abbot
The Recycling, Use and Repair of tools - Alexander Weygers
The Modern Blacksmith - Alexander Weygers
The Making of Tools - Alexander Weygers

Just a few more from my library!


Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 10:00 am
by Muddypause
I'd be interested to see some of the books in this thread described in a little more detail in the Book Reviews section.

Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 11:22 am
by Wombat
Any of mine that catch your interest Stew?


Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 11:53 am
by contadina
Good idea Stew. It would be good for people to have an idea just how useful or not books are before they buy them. We've bought some, for example, that were righteous rather than practical; and I need practical - Gawd dammit!

When I get five minutes I'll post a review and I'll get to contadino to do the same.

Homity pie...hmmmm....yum!

Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 2:24 pm
by the.fee.fairy
Food for Free - Richard Mabley