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THE COMPLETE ROOT CELLAR BOOK

S. Maxwell and J. MacKenzie
Paperback

Price: $24.95

Whether as a way to manage challenging economic times or retain a garden's bounty, root cellars are making a big comeback.

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Whether as a way to manage challenging economic times or retain a garden's bounty, root cellars are making a big comeback.

This book takes a fresh look at the art, science and romance of building and stocking a root cellar. There are detailed, illustrated construction guides for making four different kinds of root cellars that are functional and attractive. These include never-before-seen models for apartment and condo dwellers and home owners without a basement.

The Complete Root Cellar Book provides technical information on using photovoltaics (solar cells) and other energy technologies to enhance a root cellar's performance and ecological sustainability. It also includes must-know information on how to choose, store and manage a supply of fruits, vegetables, nuts and preserves.

The book features 100 recipes that call for stored produce, many of which also make use of the root cellar's specific environment, such as sauerkraut and barrel-fermented dill pickles. These classic dishes, many with new twists, include:

  • Classic leek and potato soup
  • Golden puffed potato puddings
  • Maple pecan crumble apple pie
  • Classic carrot cake
  • Spiced pear butter
  • Three-onion relish
Root cellars are the best natural way to store food, and this book is the most complete and up-to-date reference available on this time-honored tradition.

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DIY PROJECTS FOR THE SELF-SUFFICIENT HOMEOWNER


Paperback

Price: $19.99

Build your way to a more self-sufficient lifestyle with step-by-step projects for backup and supplementary utilities -- including independent water, heat and electricity -- growing and storing food, r…

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Build your way to a more self-sufficient lifestyle with step-by-step projects for backup and supplementary utilities -- including independent water, heat and electricity -- growing and storing food, raising small livestock, beekeeping and more. Many of the projects require basic materials available at your everyday home center, but this book also provides valuable DIY resources for solar, hydro, greenhouse and gardening needs.

This book will help you build security with utility backup systems and become more sustainable, resulting in less dependence on city systems for basic needs. Whether you have a city plot or simply pots, this book includes all of the information needed to plan, build and succeed with greater self-sufficiency.

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TIMBER FRAME CONSTRUCTION

Jack Sobon, Roger Schroeder
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Whether you want to have a timber frame home built for you or want to build one yourself, here are all the basics of building with timbers. Co-authors, Jack Sobon and Roger Schroeder explain how to de…

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Whether you want to have a timber frame home built for you or want to build one yourself, here are all the basics of building with timbers. Co-authors, Jack Sobon and Roger Schroeder explain how to design for both strength and beauty and includes a starter project (a 12' x 16' toolshed) to develop your skills.

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METALWORKING

Paul Hasluck
Paperback

Price: $17.95

With more than 2,000 black–and–white illustrations and clear, practical instructions given by expert handyman and blacksmith Paul N. Hasluck, Metalworking offers everything you need to know to turn a…

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With more than 2,000 black–and–white illustrations and clear, practical instructions given by expert handyman and blacksmith Paul N. Hasluck, Metalworking offers everything you need to know to turn a chunk of metal into a useful and well–crafted product.

From building a blast furnace and polishing metals to forging iron and steel and spinning metals on a lathe, this comprehensive guidebook includes the tools, materials, and processes that are fundamental to the art of metalworking. Included here is information on working sheet metals, gold, and silver; building a dynamo and electric motor; making a vertical steam engine; and more!

This ultimate, do–it–yourself guide to metalworking is ideal for all handymen and women, do–it–yourself–types, and industry professionals —amateur and seasoned alike!

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MAKING IT: RADICAL HOME EC FOR A POST-CONSUMER WORLD

Kelly Coyne, Erik Knutzen
Paperback

Price: $19.99

Spending money is the last thing anyone wants to do right now. We are in the midst of a massive cultural shift away from consumerism and toward a vibrant and very active countermovement that has been …

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Spending money is the last thing anyone wants to do right now. We are in the midst of a massive cultural shift away from consumerism and toward a vibrant and very active countermovement that has been thriving on the outskirts for quite some time — do-it-yourselfers who make frugal, homemade living hip are challenging the notion that true wealth has anything to do with money. In Making It, authors Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen, who are at the forefront of this movement, provide readers with all the tools they need for this radical shift in home economics.

The projects range from simple to ambitious and include activities done in the home, in the garden, and out in the streets. With step-by-step instructions for a wide range of projects — from growing food in an apartment and building a ninety-nine-cent solar oven to creating safe, effective laundry soap for pennies a gallon and fishing in urban waterways — Making It will be the go-to source for post-consumer living activities that are fun, inexpensive and eminently doable. Within hours of buying this book, readers will be able to start transitioning into a creative, sustainable mode of living that is not just a temporary fad but a cultural revolution.

36.

BIRD, BEE & BUG HOUSES

Derek Jones
Paperback

Price: $17.95

Transform your garden into a wildlife haven busting with life by learning how to provide supplementary nesting sites to a host of creatures. Bird, Bee and Bug Houses explains all you need to know abou…

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Transform your garden into a wildlife haven busting with life by learning how to provide supplementary nesting sites to a host of creatures. Bird, Bee and Bug Houses explains all you need to know about how to create the perfect nesting place for a wide variety of species including birds, bats, butterflies, lacewings, ladybugs and rare solitary bees.

Essential pollinators, predators and seed-spreaders, the habitats of many of these species are under threat from intensive farming and the spraying of harmful chemicals. But we can help them by building these safe havens in our gardens. Only a few basic woodworking skills are needed to create these unique and quirky houses. A range of materials (some recycled or scavenged) and finishes are used in order to make sure they are as attractive as they are practical. All the basic techniques, tools and materials needed to create your bird, bee or bug house are explained and each project has a detailed exploded diagram with cutting list. Each section of the book has detailed information on choosing locations, maintenance, species habits and nesting requirements.

37.

ART OF THE CHICKEN COOP

Chris Gleason
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Keeping chickens is a trend that just keeps on growing, even for city dwellers. With this book, today's modern farmer will find plans and construction techniques for making seven different coops, alon…

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Keeping chickens is a trend that just keeps on growing, even for city dwellers. With this book, today's modern farmer will find plans and construction techniques for making seven different coops, along with fun chicken facts and great recipes for all those eggs!

Farm-raised author Chris Gleason's hip eye for design, combined with sound woodworking techniques, make the coops both attractive and sturdy. Practical information such as how to properly size a coop and how to source reclaimed materials is included. Don't miss the authors "tour de coop," in which he visits coops from other backyard farmers to find out why they keep chickens and what lessons they have to share with others interested in doing so.

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CABINS & COTTAGES


Paperback

Price: $19.95

Since its original publication in 2009, Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking has steadily grown in popularity as more and more home cooks have embraced Kelli and Peter Bronski’s high-quality gluten-free reci…

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Since its original publication in 2009, Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking has steadily grown in popularity as more and more home cooks have embraced Kelli and Peter Bronski’s high-quality gluten-free recipes for every meal, from breakfast through dessert. Now, in an extensively revised and expanded second edition, this trusted, versatile cookbook is better than ever. Here are:

  • 25 brand-new recipes and nearly 100 additional pages
  • 50 all-new full-page color photographs
  • The quality ingredients, from-scratch preparation methods, and unbeatable flavors that made the original edition so appealing
  • Dozens of recipes, from bagels to birthday cake, perfectly suited to the Bronskis’ signature all-purpose flour blend—including Belgian Waffles, Sandwich Bread, pizzas and pastas galore, Cannoli, Carrot Cake, Blueberry Pie, cookies, and much more
  • Globally inspired dishes, from Italian to Indian to Mexican and beyond—such as Tortellini, General Chang’s Chicken, and Pork Tamales
  • An expanded array of vegetarian options such as Quinoa Salad, Brussels Sprouts-Tofu Fried Rice, and Red Lentil Dal
  • A thorough introduction to gluten-free shopping and cooking—plus handy tips about ingredients, equipment, and techniques sprinkled throughout.

39.

DIY SOLAR PROJECTS

Eric Smith
Paperback

Price: $21.99

Advances in solar technology have made many DIY-friendly products available to consumers. These include solar water heaters, solar battery charging stations, solar-powered lights, photovoltaic shingle…

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Advances in solar technology have made many DIY-friendly products available to consumers. These include solar water heaters, solar battery charging stations, solar-powered lights, photovoltaic shingles that provide supplementary electricity, solar heat pumps, and solar panel kits that generate primary home electrical service. Among the step-by-step projects is a solar water heating system you can build and install yourself for under $1,000; simple thermosyphon solar heat collectors for barns and outbuildings; and "heat grabbers" that you can fabricate for $50 in materials and position below a south-facing window to provide auxiliary winter heat.

Want to read more? Preview this book: How to Make a Solar Still.

40.

HANDMADE MUSIC FACTORY

Michael Orr
Paperback

Price: $22.95

Hand-making musical instruments is part of a growing trend that even celebrities such as Johnny Depp and guitar legend Jack White are taking part in.

It doesn't require a lot of money or …

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Hand-making musical instruments is part of a growing trend that even celebrities such as Johnny Depp and guitar legend Jack White are taking part in.

It doesn't require a lot of money or an expertise in woodworking and electronics, all it takes is a little creativity. In Handmade Music Factory, handyman Mike Orr guides you through the construction of eight of the most unique and imaginative instruments found anywhere ... from a one-string guitar made from a soup can, to a hubcap banjo, and a stand-up lap steel guitar made from a vintage ironing board.

There are also directions for an amp that can be assembled using inexpensive parts from the local electronics store. There's no shortage of inspiration to draw upon in creating an arsenal of instruments that look good, sound great, and deliver some foot stompin' fun!

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