The Self-Sufficiency Bible – Simon Dawson

Packed with practical information and expert advice on everything from gardening to cooking, and from health and beauty to raising livestock, this is the indispensable guide to living more sustainably, whether you live in a city apartment block or on a rural smallholding.

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Discover the joy and empowerment of self-sufficiency with the fully revised and updated edition of The Self-Sufficiency Bible by Simon Dawson. This indispensable guide is packed with practical information and expert advice on everything from gardening and cooking to health, beauty, and raising livestock. Whether you reside in a city apartment or a rural smallholding, this book is your comprehensive resource for living more sustainably.

A Treasure-Trove of Practical Advice

Described by Adam Henson of BBC One’s Countryfile as “a treasure-trove of brilliant ideas and easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions,” this book is more relevant than ever in our current era of pandemic and environmental crisis. Self-sufficiency offers a means of taking control of our lives and preparing for the future. The Self-Sufficiency Bible provides all the practical information and expert guidance you need to achieve a more sustainable lifestyle.

Comprehensive Coverage of Self-Sufficiency

This updated edition covers every aspect of self-sufficiency, ensuring that you have the knowledge and skills to become more independent, regardless of your living situation. Key topics include:

  • Gardening: Whether you have a small urban backyard or a larger plot of land, this chapter provides tailored advice on growing your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Learn about soil health, composting, and pest control to create a thriving garden.
  • Cooking and Baking: Discover how to prepare delicious, homemade meals using fresh, homegrown ingredients. The book includes recipes for baking bread, preserving produce, and making dairy products like cheese and yogurt.
  • Health and Beauty: Create your own natural health and beauty products. Learn how to make herbal remedies, soaps, and skincare items using ingredients from your garden.
  • Cleaning: Find out how to make eco-friendly cleaning products that are safe for your home and the environment. From natural disinfectants to homemade laundry detergent, this chapter covers it all.
  • Foraging: Explore the wild and harvest nature’s bounty. This section teaches you how to safely identify and collect edible plants, mushrooms, and berries.
  • Raising Livestock: Get started with backyard farming by learning how to care for chickens, goats, pigs, and other livestock. This chapter covers everything from housing and feeding to health care and breeding.

Engaging and Accessible Style

Simon Dawson writes in a down-to-earth, engaging, and often amusing style that makes the book a pleasure to read. Charming line drawings illustrate key techniques and add a whimsical touch to the practical advice. The book is designed to appeal to a wide audience, from single individuals and large families to parents looking to equip their children with essential life skills.

Rediscover Your Inner Hunter-Gatherer

The Self-Sufficiency Bible encourages readers to rediscover their inner hunter-gatherer. It inspires creativity, resourcefulness, and independence, making it the perfect guide for anyone looking to reconnect with nature and live more sustainably. The practical skills and knowledge you gain from this book will empower you to take control of your lifestyle, reduce your environmental footprint, and achieve greater self-reliance.

Perfect for Every Household

Whether you are new to the idea of self-sufficiency or looking to expand your skills, The Self-Sufficiency Bible is the perfect guide. Its comprehensive coverage, practical advice, and engaging style make it an essential addition to any household. Prepare for a more sustainable future and discover the satisfaction of living a self-sufficient life with this invaluable resource.

In a world where sustainability and self-reliance are becoming increasingly important, The Self-Sufficiency Bible by Simon Dawson stands out as the ultimate guide. With its practical tips, expert advice, and charming illustrations, this fully revised and updated edition is your key to mastering the art of self-sufficiency. Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills to thrive in any situation, and embrace a more sustainable, fulfilling way of life.


Published: 4 May 2021
ISBN: 9781786784834
Imprint: Watkins
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336