When I was in my late teens and early twenties, I relied on the local public library to feed my insatiable desire for information on self-reliant living. Attainable Sustainable: the Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living by Kris Bordessa was just the type of book I would relish finding, and covet owning.
Actually, this book tops anything I remember finding back in the day (we’re talking the 70’s here). It’s bigger, packed with more information, and is full of amazing color photographs (350 of them). Most of the books I remember finding only contained black and white illustrations.
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What You’ll Find in Attainable Sustainable: the Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living
This comprehensive, 320 page, hard-cover book is a step-by-step guide to a greener, more sustainable life. You’ll find recipes, DIY projects, home remedies, gardening, foraging, and so much more.
The contents are broken down into 6 chapters as in the photo below:
And each chapter is packed full of information. Just to give you an example, here are some of the contents in the first chapter, EAT:
- Food Preservation 101
- Canning at Home
- Extracting Fruit Juice
- Baking Bread
- Grains & Legumes
- Sourcing Quality Meat
- and more
And the chapter CLEAN:
- Skin Care
- Medicinal Herbs
- Cleaning & Laundry
- Household Pest Control
- and more
The ends of each page are color coded so that even when the book is closed, you can easily find the section you are looking for. The GROW chapter is green, FARM is orange, CLEAN is blue (see the photo above), etc. I think that’s a really nice touch.
So Much More to Learn
And some of the other topics you’ll find covered in the book:
- Waste-Free Food Storage
- Planning a Garden
- Natural Weed Control
- Greenhouse Growing
- Raising Chickens
- Creating an Orchard
- Outdoor Cooking
- Natural Shelters
- Plant Identification
- Tapping Trees for Syrup
- and I could go on and on!
Seriously, this book has it all. I’ve barely scratched the surface with all you’ll learn here. Can you tell I’m enthusiastic about Attainable Sustainable: the Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living? I honestly give it 5 stars.
My only complaint is that Kris Bordessa didn’t write this back in the 70’s when I was so eager to learn “all the things”. Of, course, Kris would have been a kid at the time, but even back then she was learning to make homemade jam, to grow a garden, and to forage.
And did I mention that Attainable Sustainable: the Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living is published by National Geographic? So, you know it’s high quality.
If you’ve been wanting to make some changes, and learn some new skills, this book will help you to bridge the gap between wanting to learn and actually doing it. Hop on over to Amazon and get yourself a copy.
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