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The Simple Life


Ideas to Nourish & Sustain

Made at Home (Do It Yourself)
 
Above and beyond the practical reasons to produce your own food, make your own household items, or even put an actual roof over your head, there is a deep sense of self-reliance and satisfaction to be gained from practicing such essential human skills--and them doing things your own way.

 
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Local

Douglas Gayeton.

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Our current way of producing food isn't healthy for us or our planet, says artist, activist, and filmmaker Douglas Gayeton, co-founder of the Lexicon of Sustainability and Project Localize, both of which are intended to show people how to live more sustainably. Projecting a grassroots ethos through ... (Read More)

       
        

Supporting Local Farm Life

 
Books to Inspire Going Local
 At Home on the Range
 

At Home on the Range

Margaret Yardley Potter. Elizabeth Gilbert, foreword.
 
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While unpacking boxes of old family books, Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert ...(Read More)

 
 Local: The New Face of Food and Farming in America
 

Local: The New Face of Food and Farming in America

Douglas Gayeton.
 
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Our current way of producing food isn't healthy for us or our planet, says artist, activist, ...(Read More)

 
 Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from America's Farmers' Markets
 

Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from America's Farmers' Markets

Deborah Madison.
 
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In this bountiful and beautifully illustrated collection of seasonal, regional recipes, San ...(Read More)

 
 The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
 

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

Michael Pollan.
 
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James Beard Award-winning food and agriculture writer Michael Pollan here considers the ...(Read More)

 
 Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods
 

Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods

Tracey Ryder & Carole Topalian.
 
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The cofounders of Edible Communications, publishing a series of some 65 local food magazines, ...(Read More)

 
 
 Grocery Gardening: Planting, Preparing and Preserving Fresh Food
 

Grocery Gardening: Planting, Preparing and Preserving Fresh Food

Jean Ann Van Krevelen, with Amanda Thomsen, Robin Ripley & Teresa O'Connor.
 
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If you want to eat fresh, local foods affordably, or if you've thought about starting your own ...(Read More)

 
 The Botany of Desire
 

The Botany of Desire

Michael Pollan.
 
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In this ingenious turnabout of conventional thinking, James Beard Award-winning food and ...(Read More)

 
 Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America
 

Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America

Wenonah Hauter.
 
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Detailing the corporate takeover of American food production, this book makes clear the corrosive ...(Read More)

 
 Food Rules
 

Food Rules

Michael Pollan.
 
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Simple, sensible, and easy to use, this compact guide from the author of The Omnivore's ...(Read More)

 
 Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
 

Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

Michael Pollan. Maira Kalman, illus.
 
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"Eat food, mostly plants, not too much." First published in 2009, Michael Pollan's ...(Read More)

 
 
 Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres
 

Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres

Pam Dawling. Lynn Byczynski, foreword.
 
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A contributing editor at Growing for Market magazine, Pam Dawling has been an avid vegetable ...(Read More)

 
 Fresh from the Farm: A Year of Recipes and Stories
 

Fresh from the Farm: A Year of Recipes and Stories

Susie Middleton.
 
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(First Edition, Signed Bookplate) Part cookbook, part memoir, this book chronicles a year of ...(Read More)

 
 Alluring Lettuces: and Other Seductive Vegetables for Your Garden
 

Alluring Lettuces: and Other Seductive Vegetables for Your Garden

Jack Staub. Ellen Buchert, illus.
 
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Charmingly profiled and illustrated with original color drawings, this book features 75 eminently ...(Read More)

 
 The Fresh and Green Table: Delicious Ideas for Bringing Vegetables into Every Meal
 

The Fresh and Green Table: Delicious Ideas for Bringing Vegetables into Every Meal

Susie Middleton. Annabelle Breakey, photos.
 
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In this follow-up to her Fast, Fresh and Green, which shared simple techniques for achieving ...(Read More)

 
 Green Market Baking Book: 100 Delicious Recipes for Naturally Sweet & Savory Treats
 

Green Market Baking Book: 100 Delicious Recipes for Naturally Sweet & Savory Treats

Laura C. Martin. Patrick Martins, foreword.
 
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(2011 Silver Nautilus Book Award winner) A former garden columnist at the Atlanta ...(Read More)

 
 

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Doers, Donors, and Practitioners

 
Books About Protecting the Environment
 My First Summer in the Sierra: The 100th Anniversary Illustrated Edition of the American Classic
 

My First Summer in the Sierra: The 100th Anniversary Illustrated Edition of the American Classic

John Muir. Scot Miller, photog. Dayton Duncan & Ken Burns, foreword.
 
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The founder of the Sierra Club and a driving force behind the creation of our National Parks, ...(Read More)

 
 The Viking in the Wheat Field: A Scientist's Struggle to Preserve the World's Harvest
 

The Viking in the Wheat Field: A Scientist's Struggle to Preserve the World's Harvest

Susan Dworkin.
 
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In 1999, a destructive new form of wheat stem rust—spotted in Uganda and dubbed ...(Read More)

 
 Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World
 

Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World

Diane MacEachern.
 
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Environmental author and speaker Diane MacEachern offers this simple but revolutionary message: the ...(Read More)

 
 The Living Shore: Rediscovering a Lost World
 

The Living Shore: Rediscovering a Lost World

Rowan Jacobsen.
 
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The James Beard Award–winning author of A Geography of Oysters, Fruitless Fall, ...(Read More)

 
 Cows Save the Planet: And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth
 

Cows Save the Planet: And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth

Judith D. Schwartz. Gretel Ehrlich, foreword.
 
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Could cows really save our planet? Such a preposterous-sounding idea makes much more sense when you ...(Read More)

 
 
 Compost: A Family Guide to Making Soil from Scraps
 

Compost: A Family Guide to Making Soil from Scraps

Ben Raskin.
 
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In an earthy little book full of worms, rotten food, and bacteria, Ben Raskin takes a lighthearted, ...(Read More)

 
 Beyond Walden: The Hidden History of America's Kettle Lakes and Ponds
 

Beyond Walden: The Hidden History of America's Kettle Lakes and Ponds

Robert M. Thorson.
 
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Occurring in depressions formed by glacial ice, and fed by groundwater rather than streams, kettle ...(Read More)

 
 Seedtime: On the History, Husbandry, Politics, and Promise of Seeds
 

Seedtime: On the History, Husbandry, Politics, and Promise of Seeds

Scott Chaskey.
 
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It's hard to think of a subject more fundamental to the sustenance of the human race than ...(Read More)

 
 The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach
 

The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach

Ben Falk.
 
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A pioneer in researching and developing permaculture—a holistic system of self-sustaining ...(Read More)

 
 Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century
 

Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century

Alex Steffen, ed. Bill McKibben, intro.
 
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Five years after the initial publication of Worldchanging, the landscape of environmentalism ...(Read More)

 
 

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Grow, Make, Preserve

 
Explore Our Selection of Books on Homesteading
 The Modern-Day Pioneer: Simple Living in the 21st Century
 

The Modern-Day Pioneer: Simple Living in the 21st Century

Charlotte Denholtz.
 
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When was the last time you filled your kitchen with the aroma of freshly baked bread, asks ...(Read More)

 
 Sustainable Homebrewing: An All-Organic Approach to Crafting Great Beer
 

Sustainable Homebrewing: An All-Organic Approach to Crafting Great Beer

Amelia Slayton Loftus.
 
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Since brewing her first batch of organic beer in 1995, Amelia Slayton Loftus has won numerous local ...(Read More)

 
 Build Your Own Birdhouses and Feeders: From Simple, Natural Designs to Spectacular, Customized Houses and Feeders
 

Build Your Own Birdhouses and Feeders: From Simple, Natural Designs to Spectacular, Customized Houses and Feeders

John Perkins.
 
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Illustrated throughout with large color photos and measured perspective drawings in color, this ...(Read More)

 
 Quilter's Favorites: A Collection of 21 Timeless Projects for All Skill Levels: Editors' Pick, Vol. 1: Traditional Pieced and Appliquéd
 

Quilter's Favorites: A Collection of 21 Timeless Projects for All Skill Levels: Editors' Pick, Vol. 1: Traditional Pieced and Appliquéd

Lynn Koolish, Cynthia Bix & Teresa Stroin, eds.
 
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Illustrated with color photos, diagrams, and templates, this is a collection of 21 timeless pieced ...(Read More)

 
 Building Country Comforts: Wisdom on Living a Sustainable, Back-to-Basics Life
 

Building Country Comforts: Wisdom on Living a Sustainable, Back-to-Basics Life

Robert Inwood & Christian Bruyere. Ashley English, foreword.
 
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The pioneering spirit and the desire to do things one's own way run through this collection of ...(Read More)

 
 
 Folk Style: Innovative Designs to Knit Including Sweaters, Hats, Scarves, Gloves, and More
 

Folk Style: Innovative Designs to Knit Including Sweaters, Hats, Scarves, Gloves, and More

Mags Kandis.
 
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The unique cultural patterns contained in this lively collection will inspire knitters looking for ...(Read More)

 
 The Illustrated Guide to Pigs: How to Choose Them, How to Keep Them
 

The Illustrated Guide to Pigs: How to Choose Them, How to Keep Them

Celia Lewis. HRH Anne, the Princess Royal, foreword.
 
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Describing and depicting 38 of the most popular breeds of pig in North America and Europe, Celia ...(Read More)

 
 Traditional American Farming Techniques, 2nd Edition
 

Traditional American Farming Techniques, 2nd Edition

Frank D. Gardner. James R. Babb, foreword. MaryJane Butters, intro.
 
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As valuable today as when it was first published in 1916, this remarkably thorough guide packs its ...(Read More)

 
 Put 'em Up!: A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide for the Creative Cook from Drying and Freezing to Canning and Pickling
 

Put 'em Up!: A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide for the Creative Cook from Drying and Freezing to Canning and Pickling

Sherri Brooks Vinton.
 
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The founder of local agriculture advocacy group FarmFriendly LLC and the author of The Real Food ...(Read More)

 
 Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts & Pieces of Country Life
 

Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts & Pieces of Country Life

Julia Rothman.
 
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Know What's On Your Plate

 
Books That Highlight Cooking with Fresh Ingredients
 Green Market Baking Book: 100 Delicious Recipes for Naturally Sweet & Savory Treats
 

Green Market Baking Book: 100 Delicious Recipes for Naturally Sweet & Savory Treats

Laura C. Martin. Patrick Martins, foreword.
 
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(2011 Silver Nautilus Book Award winner) A former garden columnist at the Atlanta ...(Read More)

 
 Fresh from the Farm: A Year of Recipes and Stories
 

Fresh from the Farm: A Year of Recipes and Stories

Susie Middleton.
 
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(First Edition, Signed Bookplate) Part cookbook, part memoir, this book chronicles a year of ...(Read More)

 
 Eating for Beginners: An Education in the Pleasures of Food from Chefs, Farmers, and One Picky Kid
 

Eating for Beginners: An Education in the Pleasures of Food from Chefs, Farmers, and One Picky Kid

Melanie Rehak.
 
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Always a passionate cook and food lover, Melanie Rehak became a more thoughtful eater as well after ...(Read More)

 
 The Whole Hog Cookbook: Chops, Loin, Shoulder, Bacon, and All that Good Stuff
 

The Whole Hog Cookbook: Chops, Loin, Shoulder, Bacon, and All that Good Stuff

Libbie Summers. Paula Deen, foreword. Chia Chong, photos.
 
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There's a whole lot to love about pork, as demonstrated in this cookbook devoted to every cut ...(Read More)

 
 Food Rules
 

Food Rules

Michael Pollan.
 
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Simple, sensible, and surprisingly entertaining, this compact guide from the author of The ...(Read More)

 
 
 Growing Food
 

Growing Food

Anna Pavord.
 
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In this revised and updated edition of her book The New Kitchen Garden, gardening writer ...(Read More)

 
 The Joy of Cheesemaking: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding, Making, and Eating Fine Cheese
 

The Joy of Cheesemaking: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding, Making, and Eating Fine Cheese

Jody M. Farnham & Marc Druart.
 
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Whether you are simply a fan of cheese—and most of us probably are—or if you want to ...(Read More)

 
 Sustainable Homebrewing: An All-Organic Approach to Crafting Great Beer
 

Sustainable Homebrewing: An All-Organic Approach to Crafting Great Beer

Amelia Slayton Loftus.
 
List Price: $18.95
Sale Price: $13.95
  (Read More)

 
 Put 'em Up!: A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide for the Creative Cook from Drying and Freezing to Canning and Pickling
 

Put 'em Up!: A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide for the Creative Cook from Drying and Freezing to Canning and Pickling

Sherri Brooks Vinton.
 
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Sale Price: $13.95
The founder of local agriculture advocacy group FarmFriendly LLC and the author of The Real Food ...(Read More)

 
 Comfort & Spice
 

Comfort & Spice

Niamh Shields. Georgia Glynn Smith, photos.
 
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The creator and host of the enormously popular food blog EatLikeAGirl.com—London's ...(Read More)

 
 

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