The Self Sufficiency Manual by Alison Candlin

The Self Sufficiency Manual by Alison Candlin

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Garden-fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs still warm from the hen, a storecupboard packed with pickles, chutneys and jams and a feeling of being really in tune with the seasons ...these are the notions that drive many people to take their first steps towards self sufficiency.

You will also be cutting down on food miles, reducing your reliance on supermarkets and you will know exactly what goes into your food. Even with an average-sized back garden, you can raise a host of produce. Start with a fruit and vegetable plot and, with the practical advice in this book, you'll soon grow in knowledge and confidence. You may want to enlarge your plot or keep a few chickens, a goat, or even a pig.

You'll also find advice on conserving energy and water and even generating electricity.

Be warned, Alison Candlin is no Seymour. There's a lot in here that suggests the author is relying on research rather than experience, and it's chock full of stock photography rather than the author in action. If you're looking for a self-sufficiency manual check out The New Complete Book of Self Sufficiency.

About the author

Alison Candlin lives with her young family in Wiltshire where is grows fruit and veg, makes her own preserves and indulges in a spot of hedgerow foraging. She is an experienced writer and editor with credits in numerous cookery and gardening titles, including Food From Your Garden, Secrets and Tips From Yesterday's Gardeners and Plant it, Grow it, Eat it!

Book details

256 pages
A & C Black Publishers Ltd
Publication date
November 2011


Jayne Summerscales

Wednesday 25 January, 2012 at 3:18pm

Alison may not be John Seymour, but I doubt he wrote his book in and amongst bringing up three lively young boys!

Well done Alison on a brilliant book, cant wait for the sequel!

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