John Seymour with Will Sutherland. The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It: The Complete Back-to-Basics Guide. New York: DK Publishing, 2003. Large-size hardcover, 312 pp.
Seymour, “the father of self-sufficiency,” needs no introduction. The first edition of the present work, published a generation ago under the title The Companion Book of Self-Sufficiency, made its way virtually around the world, and in this handsome revised edition it can be expected to attract an even larger readership.
In eleven chapters, Seymour covers pretty much everything that one needs to know to achieve self-sufficiency—not a bad idea at a time when the environmental crisis is sharpening and civilizational collapse is in the news again. His instructions, honed by many years of teaching, are precise and infinitely valuable. They cover all aspects of self-sufficient food production from gardens, fields, the wilderness, and from animals. Even wine and beer making are included. Key chapters deal with energy and waste and also with crafts and skills. Almost every page is beautifully illustrated to make the text clearer, and one almost feels compelled to start immediately on the road to self-sufficiency.
Seymour’s practical wisdom seems inexhaustible, and his book is definitely the kind of resource one ought to keep nearby.
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