Paul and Diana Peacock practise self-sufficiency in Manchester. They believe strongly that the way we live is changing towards making more of our own food, and even some of the goods we use from day to day. Paul has written extensively for the gardening press, edits the Home Farmer Magazine with Diana, and has written fifteen books on gardening, self-sufficiency, beekeeping, wild food, and butchering. Diana has over thirty years experience of caring for a family of five, often on a tight budget, and is the author of two books on home baking and jam and preserves.
I liked this introductory guide for many reasons, it’s basic, it’s got budgeting in mind and the authors are writing for people who don’t have acres of garden, it’s a very down-to-earth guide. To give you an example, most books make cheese-making sound more like a job for a laboratory, here there are two basic recipes, ideas for adapting the two methods and lots of tips on how to get started – as easy as that! And if you don’t want to go as far as cheese and sausage making, there’s a host of recipes that are cheap and easy to make. Plenty of tips for the gardener too – the only way it could be more user friendly was if the authors came round and did your garden and cooking for you.Like for Like ReadingNeal’s Yard Remedies: Recipes for Natural Beauty, Romy Fraser Forgotten Skills of Cooking: The Time-Honoured Ways are the Best – Over 700 Recipes Show You Why, Darina Allen