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Making It

Radical Home Ec for A Post-consumer World
Coyne, Kelly (Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Making It
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The essential guide to becoming a producer instead of a consumer, this book is full of simple, ingenious projects for your home, your garden, and even your fire escape.
Authors: Coyne, Kelly
Title: Making it
radical home ec for a post-consumer world
Publisher: [Emmaus, Pa.] : Rodale, c2010
Characteristics: ix, 310 p. :,col. ill. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Kelly Coyne & Erik Knutzen
Contents: Introduction
The five principles of making it
Day to day
Week to week. Weekly cooking ; Cleaning, washing, and mending
Month to month. The transformational power of salt ; Indoor gardening ; Herbal medicine and beauty
Season to season. Projects for the garden ; The magic of fermentation
Infrastructure. How to compost ; Backward [sic] beekeeping
Summary: The essential guide to becoming a producer instead of a consumer, this book is full of simple, ingenious projects for your home, your garden, and even your fire escape.
ISBN: 9781605294629
1605294624
Branch Call Number: 640 C881m 2010
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 206-299) and index
Subject Headings: Home economics Sustainable living Simplicity Consumer education
Topical Term: Home economics
Sustainable living
Simplicity
Consumer education
LCCN: 2010023680
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Apr 04, 2012
  • terrymccuaig rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Outstanding sequel to The Urban Homestead. Making It contains the simplest, fastest soap recipes I've ever found. Their description of how to humanely kill a chicken is mercifully brief and business-like. Coyne and Knutzen's pithy directions are much easier to follow than many DIY books, including John Seymour's classics. Highly recommended.

Feb 20, 2012
  • bsevertsen rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I think this book is a stand-out in the Green DIY crowd in that it 1) avoids preaching and 2) the narrators sound likeable. The book has a sense of humor and many of the projects are very simple and most are economical. While you can complete many of the projects using the instructions provided, some of them might require a little more research on-line to feel comfortable about, for instance building a chicken coop. Overall, great introductions to a lot of cool, cheap, useful projects for the home.

Aug 15, 2011
  • 22950009541673 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

There are a lot of "new-to-me" recipes for household products. I think I want to buy my own copy, but first I need to do some research. Some of the useful recipes call for olive oil, and I wonder how this would affect the septic system. (Or the city sewage system, for others.) And with the mostly blue print, you cannot photocopy the best ideas.

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