Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World

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Rodale, Apr 26, 2011 - House & Home - 320 pages
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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, Coyne and 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.

 

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I am in love with this book! This book is raw, well organized, easy to read and is well rounded with information for self suffiency and leaving a smaller carbon foot print. Anyone, in any setting (from apartment living to having acres of land) can realistically do these projects. I would highly recommend this! 

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A basic do it yourself how-to, just like a century ago. Read full review

Contents

36 Making Salves
120
37 Moisturizing Cream
127
38 Deodorants
131
39 Keeping the Bugs Away
133
40 Curiously Homemade Peppermints
134
41 Cloth Pads
137
SEASON TO SEASON
147
42 Making Soap the Easy Way
148

06 Hair Rinses
21
07 Deep Conditioning
23
08 Styling Gel
24
09 A Quick Facial
25
A Close Shave
26
A Roman Bath
27
Body PolishHand Scrub
29
Homegrown Medicine
30
Herb and Fruit Infusions
36
WEEK TO WEEK
41
Weekly Cooking
42
15 Vegetable Stock
44
16 Whole Chicken Stock
46
17 How to Cook Beans
48
18 Cooking Whole Grains
50
19 OneBowl Meals
52
20 The Dogs Pot
55
21 Serious Bread
58
22 Homemade Condiments
61
23 OldFashioned VinegarBased Drinks
65
Cleaning Washing and Mending
68
24 Making Your Own Cleaning Products
69
25 Laundry Day
75
26 Basic Mending
84
MONTH TO MONTH
89
The Transformational Power of Salt
90
27 Sauerkraut
91
28 Kimchi
94
29 Gravlax
96
30 Nukazuke
97
Indoor Gardening
100
Microgreens
101
Sweet Potato Farm
104
Herbal Medicine and Beauty
108
33 Medicinal Honey
109
34 Foraging Feral Greens
111
35 Drying Infusing and Tincturing Herbs
115
43 Making Soap the Hard Way
157
44 Cabbage Patch pH Indicator
163
45 How to Slaughter a Chicken
165
Projects for the Garden
174
46 Starting Seeds and Planting Your Garden
175
47 How to Prepare a Bed for Planting
181
48 Grow Lights on the Cheap
185
49 Free Fertilizer from Weeds
187
50 Saving Seed
189
How to Espalier
192
The Magic of Fermentation
198
Making Vinegar
199
Making Mead
203
54 Making Home Brew
207
INFRASTRUCTURE 55
217
Drip Irrigation for Vegetables
218
56 SeedlingFlats
223
How to Compost
226
A Compost Bin Made of Shipping Pallets
230
58 Slow Compost
232
59 Fast Compost
234
60 Building a Dry Toilet
236
Worm Farming
242
A Mash Tun
248
A Wort Chiller
253
64 A Solar Cooker
255
65 Build a Chicken Coop
261
Backward Beekeeping
270
66 Getting Started with Beekeeping
271
Swarm Capture
277
Cutout
281
69 Build a Honey Extractor and Collect Some Honey
288
70 Make a Native Pollinator Habitat
291
Resources
296
Acknowledgments
301
Index
302
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KELLY COYNE and ERIK KNUTZEN grow food, keep chickens, brew, bike, bake, and plot revolution from their 1/12-acre farm in the heart of Los Angeles. They are the keepers of the popular DIY blog, Root Simple, and the authors of The Urban Homestead, which the New York Times describes as "home economics as our greatgrandparents knew it...the contemporary bible on the subject."

KELLY COYNE and ERIK KNUTZEN grow food, keep chickens, brew, bike, bake, and plot revolution from their 1/12-acre farm in the heart of Los Angeles. They are the keepers of the popular DIY blog, Root Simple, and the authors of The Urban Homestead, which the New York Times describes as "home economics as our greatgrandparents knew it...the contemporary bible on the subject."

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