Book review: Making It by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen

From the lovely couple who brought you the fabulous little green book The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City, comes Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World.

*sigh* I wish these guys didn’t live so far away (they live on 1/12th of an acre in LA), although they’re probably glad they’re nowhere near me – otherwise I’d be over there every day. “Hey guys! Whatchya doooin?”

In this book, arranged by the frequency with which you would undertake the projects (daily, weekly, monthly, seasonally), there is all manner of fun to be had while circumventing capitalism and/or saving the planet and/or preparing for the inevitable zombie apocalypse (however you want to look at it). There’s the expected: brewing alcoholic beverages, making laundry soap, fermenting pickles, growing tasty food; and there’s the unexpected: like the homemade indoor composting toilet (I shit you not).

Incidentally, of all the books I’ve read that cover the topic or are specific to the topic of raising chickens, this one has by far the most in-depth instructions for slaughtering and butchering chickens that I have ever come across.

— Amanda


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