From the Publisher
"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
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.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
The Hamilton brothers, known as the "Green Twins" and founders of the SelfSufficientish.com ecocommunity, have amassed all of their "green" knowledge into this weighty guide. The book, which is very visually appealing and will undoubtedly circulate based on looks alone, is a tome of all things sustainable. Beautiful photos and helpful instructional drawings abound throughout the text. Chapter topics range from domestic (The Eco-Friendly Home, The Bathroom) to culinary (Seasonal Cooking, Making Beer, Wine & Cider) and from gardening to parenting, travel, and the workplace. While far-reaching in coverage-and potentially unrealistic for some-this book will certainly give those who have made initial green changes the motivation to take things to the next level. One stumbling block for most American readers will be the British references, terminology, and measurements, especially in the recipes (milliliters are converted to pints instead of cups). However, the ideas are there and will be a great source for anyone looking to go greener. A thorough index and list of (largely British) resources are included. Recommended for most public libraries.