Whenever I talk to anyone knowledgeable about growing veg or self sufficiency they recommend that I read this book. Well, I have actually been dipping in and out of it for the past year or so, and as I've had a post Christmas break in making my brain work I thought I'd have this as my monthly eco-book, as I've already done most of the hard reading work already!
Oh yeah, the book is called 'The Concise Guide to Self-Sufficiency' and it's by John Seymor (I nearly forgot that bit!)
* That it's a really classic, well known book, so I can trust the info in it (It was first published in the 70's I think, there's a concise version and a less-concise version too).
*It covers everything - it has sections on being self sufficient, food from the garden, food from nature (foraging and stuff, and also meat - which I've avoided reading about!), preserving and baking and using what you've grown, managing waste and energy and crafts and skills - like building and woodwork and making baskets (I made a woven willow fish the other day when I was volunteering with some kids coppicing some willow up a big hill where I live - and now I've developed a mania for wanting to weave more things! I need to learn how to make baskets!)
* It has really nice, colour pictures with lots of detail and they show step by step drawings for complicated manoeuvres.
*I'm most interested in growing food, and the gardening section is excellent, it covers everything from digging plots to when and where to plant in which season.
*It has loads of detail in each section, but it's still easy to read and understand.
This is another book that I really love!