Jan 012008

Back to BasicsBack to Basics: How to Learn and Enjoy Traditional American Skills (Second Edition) (Reader’s Digest) is on my order list! I came across it while looking at online articles on root cellars (somehow had reproduced an excellent basement root cellar cutaway iillustration). It sounds fantastic: “This book, first published in 1981 and recently updated, was probably many folks’ first in-depth exposure to the idea of a simpler life, making things by hand, and enjoying a stronger sense of control over personal budgets, home projects, and lifestyles. Hundreds of projects are listed, illustrated in step-by-step diagrams and instructions: growing and preserving your own food, converting trees to lumber and building a home from it, traditional crafts and homesteading skills, and having fun with recreational activities like camping, fishing, and folk dancing without spending a lot of money. This book will have you dreaming and planning from the first page!” I read endless positive reviews, and, while in the end you gotta make up your own mind, 52 of 55 reviews on Amazon.com gave it 5 stars (the other 3 gave it 4), and that’s a pretty resounding endorsement! It’s a little beyond the strict scope of tiny farming and gardening, but totally in the spirit and no doubt with lots of useful farm and garden stuff. As far as books go, can’t wait!!