I know that it’s been a while since I’ve been getting my book reviews done, but I’m back in action now! Check out this brand new blog post with some brand new books that I’ve been checking out this month. Scroll to the bottom of the post to entire to win the entire collection!
November 2020 Book Reviews
Book Description: With its origins in the back-to-the-land movement of the late 1960s, Carla Emery’s landmark book has grown into a comprehensive guide to living a sustainable lifestyle, while lowering your carbon footprint in the process. Find inspiration and know-how to live independently in this comprehensive guide, including how to:
* Can, dry, and preserve food
* Plan your garden
* Grow your own food
* Make 20-minute cheese
* Make your own natural skincare products
* Bake bread
* Cook on a wood stove
* Learn beekeeping
* Raise chickens, goats, and pigs
* Create natural skincare products
* Make organic bug spray
* Treat your family with homemade remedies
* Make fruit leather
* Forage for wild food
* Spin wool into yarn
* Mill your own flour
* Tap a maple tree
Basic, thorough, and reliable, this book deserves a place in urban and rural homes alike.
Merissa’s Thoughts – Every good homesteader should have a copy of this book in their collection! This 50th Anniversary edition contains updated resources so that you know you are getting the latest info.
Book Description: Store shelves are brimming with energy balls, protein bars, and the like, but if you’ve ever grabbed a few, you know how expensive this habit can be. You’ve also probably seen some questionable ingredients on the label (soy protein isolate anyone?) and wondered if there was a better solution.
With Clean Treats for Everyone, the solution is at your fingertips. All you need are a few real food ingredients like fruit, nuts, seeds, alternative flours (almond flour, oat flour, and coconut flour) and natural sweeteners (coconut sugar, honey, maple syrup) to create delicious, wholesome treats.
Merissa’s Thoughts – This is a fun cookbook with all kinds of “healthy treat” recipes! While I did notice that all of these treats are gluten free and dairy free, they are definitely full of nuts so if you have a nut allergy (like our family does), this won’t be the book for you.
Book Description: For Mely Martínez, Mexican cooking has always been about family, community, and tradition. Born and raised in Tampico, Mely started helping in the kitchen at a very young age, since she was the oldest daughter of eight children, and spent summers at her grandmother’s farm in the state of Veracruz, where part of the daily activities included helping grind the corn to make masa.
Mely started her popular blog, Mexico in My Kitchen, to share the recipes and memories of her home so that her son can someday recreate and share these dishes with his own family. In the meantime, it has become the go-to source for those looking for authentic home-style Mexican cooking.
Complete with easy-to-follow instructions, beautiful images, and stories from Mexico, along with recipes for making corn and flour tortillas and tips for stocking your pantry, The Mexican Home Kitchen will have you enjoying this delicious cooking right in your own home.
Merissa’s Thoughts: I always look for cookbooks that have easy to find ingredients and this one fits the bill. There is a good mixture of types of recipes (some with longer ingredient lists and some with short and easy lists). If you are looking for a great authentic Mexican cookbook for your own kitchen or to give as a gift, I would highly recommend this one.
Book Description: Meet Mary Heffernan. Rancher. Entrepreneur. Restaurateur. Wife. Mother. Together with her husband, Brian, they own Five Marys Farms and are raising their four daughters–all named Mary–while pasture-raising cattle, pigs, and heritage lambs. Their work ethic is as strong as their commitment to family, and Mary believes in nourishing meals shared together–in their cozy cabin in winter and around the outdoor camp kitchen in summer. In these 75 satisfying, homespun recipes you’ll find something for every meal and mood, including Mary’s favorite beef, pork, and lamb dishes, as well as the secret to her famous sidecars! Evocative photos capture the breathtaking beauty of the ranch, the carefree joy of the girls with their horses, the majestic Great Pyrenees who roam the land, and so much more. Get ready to fall in love with ranch life, hearty recipes, and the Five Marys.
Merissa’s Thoughts – I loved this big hardcover cookbook! It’s filled with all the yummy recipes you would expect to have if you were living on a ranch. There are some great recipes and ideas for down-home country cooking in this book!
Want to win these books? I’m giving away a copy of
- Five Marys Ranch Raised Cookbook
- The Mexican Home Kitchen
- Clean Treats for Everyone
- The Encyclopedia of Country Living
to one winner! Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below to be entered to win all of these books to add to your personal collection. Good luck!
**Please note: I will email the giveaway winner as soon as the giveaway has ended. The winner has 72 hours to respond to the email and claim the prize. If there is no response, all books will be donated to my local library. Please add [email protected] to your email contacts to help ensure email delivery.**
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Have you read any of these books? Which one do you think interests you?