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Grow A Sustainable
Diet: Planning and Growing to Feed Ourselves
and the Earth
by Cindy Conner
240pp, 2014, $25
Everyone loves to prepare a meal with ingredients fresh
from their own garden. But for most of us, no matter
how plentiful our harvest, homegrown produce comprises
only a fraction of what we eat. And while many gardening
guides will tell you everything you ever wanted to know
about individual crops, few tackle the more involved
task of helping you maximize the percentage of your
diet you grow yourself.
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a Sustainable Diet will help you develop a comprehensive,
customized garden plan to produce the maximum number
of calories and nutrients from any available space.
Avoid arriving in August buried under a mountain of
kale or zucchini (and not much else) by making thoughtful
choices at the planning stage, focusing on dietary staples
and key nutrients. Learn how to calculate:
Which food and cover crops are best for your specific
How many seeds and plants of each variety you should
What and when to plant, harvest and replant for maximum
on permaculture principles, biointensive gardening methods,
getting food to the table with minimum fossil fuel input,
and growing crops that sustain both you and your soil,
this complete guide is a must-read for anyone working
toward food self-sufficiency for themselves or their
Making, Using and Enjoying Sweet and Hard Cider, 3rd
by Annie Proulx and Lew Nichols
224pp, 2003, $15
How do you make great cider? All you need is an apple.
handbook shows you how simple it is to turn fruit into
nature's most refreshing drink.
Make fresh and delicious sweet and hard ciders -- including
blended and sparkling ciders
* Build your own working apple press
* Enhance your cooking with cider as an ingredient
* Choose the right apple cultivar for the flavor you
* Plan and plant your very own home orchard for the
freshest batch of cider ever!
interesting bits of history and lore shed light on cider's
of the most comprehensive and enduring books on the
topic. [Cider] is a valuable resource not only for those
attempting home bottling, but also for apple enthusiasts.”
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you’re a cider fan – hard or sweet –
or just like to experiment with beverage-making, this
is a guide you’ll want to have.” —
The Baltimore Sun
all there, from grafting to distilling, from applejack
to vinegar.” — Washington State Grange News
Butchering of Livestock & Game
by John J. Mettler
Have you ever been at a loss as to how
to butcher your prize game? This is the book for anyone
who hunts, farms, or buys large quantities of meat.
Mettler takes the mystery out of slaughtering and butchering
everything from beef and veal, to venison, pork, and
Butchering of Livestock & Game tell you everything
you need to know: at what age to butcher an animal,
how to kill, skin, slaughter, butcher and how to dress
out game in the field, salting, smoking, and preserving
as well as tools, equipment and set up are reviewed.
This book doesn't stop there. Also included are more
than thirty recipes using all kinds of meat. The U.S.
Department of Agriculture calls Mettler's book "a
must-have book for anyone who is slaughtering."
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America's Food Traditions:
Saving and Savoring the Continent's Most Endangered
Foods Edited by Gary Nabhan 2008, 350pp., $35
America’s Food Traditions is a beautifully illustrated
dramatic call to recognize, celebrate, and conserve
the great diversity of foods that gives North America
its distinctive culinary identity that reflects our
multicultural heritage. It offers us rich natural and
cultural histories as well as recipes and folk traditions
associated with the rarest food plants and animals in
North America. In doing so, it reminds us that what
we choose to eat can either conserve or deplete the
cornucopia of our continent.
offering a eulogy to a once-common game food that has
gone extinct—the passenger pigeon—the book
doesn’t dwell on tragic losses. Instead, it highlights
the success stories of food recovery, habitat restoration,
and market revitalization that chefs, farmers, ranchers,
fishermen, and foresters have recently achieved. Through
such “food parables,” editor Gary Paul Nabhan
and his colleagues build a persuasive argument for eater-based
addition, this book offers the first-ever list of foods
at risk in America (more than a thousand), shows how
all of us can personally support and participate in
such recoveries, and lists food festivals held across
the continent to honor and enjoy some of the country’s
most iconic foods, from crab cakes to maple syrup and
filé gumbo. Organized by “food nations”
named for the ecological and cultural keystone foods
of each region—Salmon Nation, Bison Nation, Chile
Pepper Nation, among others—this book offers an
altogether fresh perspective on the culinary traditions
of North America.
The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition
& Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon
(1999 2nd Edition)
the culinary customs of our ancestors and looking ahead
to a future of robust good health for young and old,
this book offers modern families a fascinating guide
to wise food choices and preparation techniques. Unites
the wisdom of the ancients with the latest independent
and accurate scientific research.
her insistence that human food should have a much higher
nutrient content than corporate industrialized farms
are able to provide, Sally Fallon has awakened families
all over North America to the fact that if they want
to live full and happy lives, they won't find the nutrition
they need in packages at the grocery store and are going
to have to put some effort into acquiring the quality
of food that only small, owner-operated farms can provide.
With the large network of "Weston A. Price groups"
she has established in the U.S. and in Canada, she has
undoubtedly saved more family farms in the last 10 years
than any other person or organization. The well documented
knowledge she shares makes both farms and families more
The Art of Fermentation
by Sandor Ellix Katz, $40, 2012, 528pp.
Art of Fermentation is the most comprehensive guide
to do-it-yourself home fermentation ever published.
Sandor Katz presents the concepts and processes behind
fermentation in ways that are simple enough to guide
a reader through their first experience making sauerkraut
or yogurt, and in-depth enough to provide greater understanding
and insight for experienced practitioners.
While Katz expertly contextualizes fermentation in terms
of biological and cultural evolution, health and nutrition,
and even economics, this is primarily a compendium of
practical information-how the processes work; parameters
for safety; techniques for effective preservation; troubleshooting;
illustrations and extended resources, this book provides
essential wisdom for cooks, homesteaders, farmers, gleaners,
foragers, and food lovers of any kind who want to develop
a deeper understanding and appreciation for arguably
the oldest form of food preservation, and part of the
roots of culture itself. Readers will find detailed
information on fermenting vegetables; sugars into alcohol
(meads, wines, and ciders); sour tonic beverages; milk;
grains and starchy tubers; beers (and other grain-based
alcoholic beverages); beans; seeds; nuts; fish; meat;
and eggs, as well as growing mold cultures, using fermentation
in agriculture, art, and energy production, and considerations
for commercial enterprises. Sandor Katz has introduced
what will undoubtedly remain a classic in food literature,
and is the first-and only-of its kind.
A Do-It-Yourself Guide To Cultural Manipulation
by Sandor Ellix Katz, 2001,
written and tested introduction to basic ferments of
food and drink, drawing on world culinary traditions.
Eat live food! Use friendly microbes to preserve food,
enrich diet, and enhance nutrition. With 99 recipes.
A Do-It-Yourself Guide To Cultural Manipulation
by Sandor Ellix Katz, 2002,
is a much abbreviated version of the above book featuring
16 recipes for sauerkraut, miso, amazake, sourdough,
injira, honey wine, vinegar, yogurt, kefir, and more.
How to Make and Use Your Own Low-Cost, High Performance,
Sun-Powered Food Dehydrator by Eben V. Fodor
2006, 144pp, $16
Solar Food Dryer describes how to efficiently harness
solar energy to preserve food quickly and easily. With
your own solar-powered food dehydrator, you can conveniently
make all the high-quality dried foods you want - with
free sunshine! Eat local and eat healthier by preserving
the goodness of your favorite seasonal foods, garden
veggies, fruits and herbs to enjoy all year long.
good solar food dryer will perform amazingly well under
a wide range of conditions, working effectively in almost
any climate where you can grow fruits and vegetables.
This is not "sun drying," its solar drying
- a major step forward in applying solar technology
to food preservation.
solar dryer has distinct advantages over conventional
electric food dryers and doesn't require the energy
or storage space needed for canning or freezing. And
solar food drying is a great way to learn about solar
energy and to experience the incredible power of the
sun - as well as being a great deal of fun!
Solar Food Dryer includes everything you need to get
step-by-step plans for building a high-performance,
low-cost solar food dryer from readily available materials
review of the best solar dryer designs and features
Solar energy design concepts
Food drying tips and recipes
Resources, references, solar charts, and more
Food Without Freezing or Canning:
Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil,
Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage, and Lactic
Fermentation by Authors: Claude
Aubert , Centre Terre Vivante
1999, 160pp, $22
books about preserving garden produce nearly always
assume that modern kitchen gardeners will boil or freeze
their vegetables and fruits. Yet here is a book that
goes back to the future—celebrating traditional
but little-known French techniques for storing and preserving
edibles in ways that maximize flavor and nutrition.
into English, and with a new foreword by Deborah Madison,
this book deliberately ignores freezing and high-temperature
canning in favor of methods that are superior because
they are more nutritious and energy efficient. As Eliot
Coleman says, "Food preservation techniques can
be divided into two categories: the modern scientific
methods that remove the life from food, and the natural
'poetic' methods that maintain or enhance the life in
food. The poetic techniques produce . . . foods that
have been celebrated for centuries and are considered
gourmet delights today."
Food Without Freezing or Canning (originally published
as Keeping Food Fresh) offers more than 250 easy and
enjoyable recipes featuring locally grown and minimally
refined ingredients. It is an essential guide for those
who seek healthy food for a healthy world.
Harvesting for Drylands, Vol 1: Guiding Principles,
by Brad Lancaster
2005, $30, 282pp., 150 illustrations
award-winning Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and
Beyond, Volume 1, 2nd Edition: Guiding Principles to
Welcome Rain into Your Life and Landscape is the first
volume on how to conceptualize, design, and implement
sustainable water-harvesting systems for your home,
landscape, and community. This book enables you to assess
your on-site resources, gives you a diverse array of
strategies to maximize their potential, and empowers
you with guiding principles to create an integrated,
multi-functional water-harvesting plan specific to your
site and needs.
revised and expanded second edition increases potential
on-site harvests with more integrated tools and strategies
for solar design, understanding your water/energy/carbon
connections, water/erosion flow patterns and their water-harvesting
response, and updated illustrations to show you how
to do it all.
1 helps bring your site to life, reduce your cost of
living, endow you with skills of self-reliance, and
create living air conditioners of vegetation growing
beauty, food, and wildlife habitat. Stories of people
who are successfully welcoming rain into their life
and landscape will invite you to do the same!
Harvesting for Drylands, Vol 2: Water Harvesting Earthworks
by Brad Lancaster 2007, 336pp, $40
are one of the easiest, least expensive, and most effective
ways of passively harvesting and conserving multiple
sources of water in the soil. Associated vegetation
then pumps the harvested water back out in the form
of beauty, food, shelter, wildlife habitat, and passive
heating and cooling strategies, while controlling erosion,
increasing soil fertility, reducing downstream flooding,
and improving water and air quality.
on the information presented in Volume 1, this book shows
you how to select, place, size, construct, and plant your
chosen water-harvesting earthworks. It presents detailed
how-to information and variations of a diverse array of
earthworks, including chapters on mulch, vegetation, and
greywater recycling so you can customize the techniques
to the unique requirements of your site.
Gardens: Managing Water Sustainably in the Garden and
by Nigel Dunnett and Andy Clayden 2007, 188pp, $35 (Read
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gardens encompass all possible elements that can be
used to capture, channel, divert and make the most of
the rain and snow that fall on a property. Using the
innovative and attractive approaches described here,
it is possible to enhance outdoor spaces and minimize
the damaging effects of drought, stormwater runoff,
and other environmental challenges.
Dunnett & Andy Clayden have created a comprehensive
guide to water management techniques for the garden and
built environment. Filled with practical, manageable solutions
for small and large-scale implementations and utilizing
authoritative research with state-of-the-art case studies
from all over the world, Rain Gardens is the first book
on sustainable water management schemes suitable for students
Storage: Tanks, Cisterns, Aquifers, and Ponds by Art Ludwig
$20, 125 pp.
water system design and construction of storage both
in and above ground. Comprehensive, concise information
about water quality, potential difficulties, and how
to avoid them while creating your own supply for domestic
use or fire control. With instructions for making ferrocement
Dispatches from the Water Underground by Cleo Woelfle-Erskine (Editor),
July Oskar Cole (Editor), Laura Allen (Editor), Annie
Danger (Illustrator) 2007, 321pp., $20
essay anthology looks at water issues worldwide and
throughout history, including science, history and investigative
reporting, as well as personal stories and profiles.
Among other concerns, writers collected here-mostly
activists, but also sociologists, educators and reporters-address
untreated sewage dumping and the disease outbreaks it
causes; the destructive power of upstream dams; and
the sediment-starved Mississippi Delta, its attendant
erosion, and the horrific storm damage that's resulted.
Edited by the coauthors of the notorious zine The Guerrilla
Graywater Girls Guide to Water, this collection of original
essays, drawings, and photographs is part radical history
of water and part DIY guide to disengaging one's home,
school, or workplace from the wasteful water grid. The
pieces are arranged in three sections: "Water Wars"
focuses on the history and politics of dams and water
infrastructure; "The Water Grid" chronicles
the rise of energy-intensive, polluting sewage treatment
plants, and points out alternative systems; and "Watershed"
examines the often destructive relationship between
human settlements and nature, but finds hope in the
experiences of those involved in watershed restoration.
an Oasis with Greywater:
Choosing, Building &Using Greywater
edition) by Art Ludwig
$21, 144 pp.
revised primer detailing 20 systems that work and how
they might fail; parts, design diagrams, operating and
maintenance tips. Clear, logical, easy-to-read. The
Greywater Guide by Art Ludwig
to fit greywater systems into the code with tried and
tested methods. Thorough, precise, well-documented,
with explicit building code references and diagrams.
in the Home Landscape
simple, low-tech, quick-start solutions in this 32 page
booklet from Permaculture Activist, 2005, $7
Eat My Garbage:
How to Set Up and Maintain a Worm Composting System,
by Mary Appelhof
1997, 162 pp, $13
new edition of the definitive guide to vermicomposting--a
process using redworms to recycle human food waste into
nutrient-rich fertilizer for plants. Author Mary Appelhof
provides complete illustrated instructions on setting
up and maintaining small-scale worm composting systems.
Internationally recognized as an authority on vermicomposting,
Appelhof has worked with worms for over three decades.
Topics include: bin types, worm species, reproduction,
care and feeding of worms, harvesting, and how to make
the finished product of potting soil.
A Guide to Composting Human Manure
by Joseph C. Jenkins, 1994,
how to deal with your own shit. "Stop trying to
change the world. Toilet-train the world and you won't
have to keep changing
it."(Swami Beyondananda) Here's all you need to
know to make sewage treatment systems obsolete. Answers
all the questions you never dared ask!
Gold: The Lore and Logic of Using Urine to Grow Plants
by Carol Steinfeld 2004,
Witty, practical, liberating! Grow with the flow! Urine
charge. A golden opportunity. Pee here now. Every day,
we urinate nutrients that can fertilize plants that
could be used for beautiful landscapes, food, fuel,
and fiber. Instead, these nutrients are flushed away,
either to be treated at high cost or discharged to waters
where they overfertilize and choke off aquatic life.
Liquid Gold details three ways to use urine hygienically
and productively for plant growth, with studies that
show the science behind this practice. Several advocates
of urine diversion and their gardens are profiled, demonstrating
that using urine for fertilizer is a feasible, safe,
and cost-saving way to prevent pollution and save on