Independence Days: A Guide to Sustainable Food Storage & Preservation

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Independence Days: A Guide to Sustainable Food Storage & Preservation

Independence Days A Guide to Sustainable Food Storage Preservation Hard times aren t just coming they are here already The recent economic collapse has seen millions of North Americans move from the middle class to being poor and from poor to hungry At the same tim

  • Title: Independence Days: A Guide to Sustainable Food Storage & Preservation
  • Author: Sharon Astyk
  • ISBN: 9780865716520
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hard times aren t just coming, they are here already The recent economic collapse has seen millions of North Americans move from the middle class to being poor, and from poor to hungry At the same time, the idea of eating locally is shifting from being a fringe activity for those who can afford it to an essential element of getting by But aside from the locavores and slHard times aren t just coming, they are here already The recent economic collapse has seen millions of North Americans move from the middle class to being poor, and from poor to hungry At the same time, the idea of eating locally is shifting from being a fringe activity for those who can afford it to an essential element of getting by But aside from the locavores and slow foodies, who really knows how to eat outside of the supermarket and out of season And who knows how to eat a diet based on easily stored and home preserved foods Independence Days tackles both the nuts and bolts of food preservation, as well as the host of broader issues tied to the creation of local diets It includes How to buy in bulk and store food on the cheap Techniques, from canning to dehydrating Tools what you need and what you don t In addition, it focuses on how to live on a pantry diet year round, how to preserve food on a community scale, and how to reduce reliance on industrial agriculture by creating vibrant local economies.Better food, plentiful food, at a lower cost and with less energy expended Independence Days is for all who want to build a sustainable food system and keep eating even in hard times.Sharon Astyk is a former academic who farms in upstate New York with her family She is the author of Depletion and Abundance, the co author of A Nation of Farmers, and she blogs at sharonastyk.

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    1. Loren on said:

      Any book that proclaims a means to becoming independent from our current economic "system" has a great deal to prove to you and me. These writers often seem to suffer a sort of American History Amnesia especially in terms of agrarian studies. If "living off the land" was so easy or rather if the prospect of factory work not seen as so much more stable than being at the whim of weather & nature our ancestors would of never sold their farms off in the first place. Those hippies in the 60's lat [...]

    2. Nicole on said:

      I bought this book thinking that it was going to be more of a how-to manual for preserving than a guide to survivng the end of days. I realized halfway through the book that the Sharon is crazy and no rational human being calculates how much tomatoes and water they would need in their home to survive for a month. With that being said, the book was entertaining and if you have a fear of not being prepared for a natural disaster without access to food or water and stranded in your home, this book [...]

    3. David Hughes on said:

      I read this for the first time in 2014 when I was just getting into gardening and canning. To be honest, I found it quite overwhelming, and only rated the book 3/5. While none of the information in the book is particularly advanced, it can be a LOT to absorb, like all of the best "whole systems" approaches.Coming back to it in 2015 with a lot more direct experience, reading, and my own original thoughts about sustainability and stewardship was a really good idea. I have been able to appreciate t [...]

    4. Megan on said:

      This book really goes into the politics of food- how we are all dependent on huge corporations for feeding ourselves, and are pretty much helpless to help ourselves. All the aspects of being able to provide food for your family- be it to save money or to be prepared should you not be able to get to a grocery store for some amount of time, or just not rely on outside sources for the health of your family. It really inspired me to look hard at what I buy at the store, and how it got to the store, [...]

    5. Jennifer on said:

      Overall, I found this book to be too preachy and not enough practical. The author encourages us to store fifty pound bags of rice and tomatoes in our guest room closets. Really. For this woman not living on a farm or in a large house, I think there is better, more practical advice out there. I wanted a book on food preservation techniques. This book was not it.

    6. Susan Albert on said:

      Independence Days is a book about food security. Like Sharon Astyk's two previous books (Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front; A Nation of Farmers: Defeating the Food Crisis on American Soil), this one focuses on the need to assume personal responsibility for food self-sufficiency and for shortening the supply chain from farm/garden to table. Unlike Asktyk's previous books, this one is also a how-to, as well as a why-we-should, complete with helpful instructions for creating and m [...]

    7. AJ on said:

      At first I thought this was going to be another book about how to can, and it turned out not to be, and for that I am glad. Independence Days is a book that, instead of telling you how to can or giving you tons of recipes, outlines why you should preserve food, how you can do it, and gives other tips for emergency preparedness. Astyk argues that it's not about preparing for the end days or the rapture (unless that's what you're worried about, in which case go for it). Stocking up on food, water, [...]

    8. Chandra on said:

      Inspiring and contagious is the message contained within this book: "Living sustainably is essential to our ecology." I have known this fact for many years. I am elated that this book, written from a mother's perspective, reminds one of how important living sustainable is.The author lists many reasons why one should keep a store of food. She supports this idea by pointing out that most of our grandparents did not live 80+ years without some experience of hunger and that with the potential of cri [...]

    9. Loraine on said:

      I grew up on a farm. We had a large garden. We preserved food. We picked wild strawberries and made jams. Although I have traveled a good distance from my my childhood, I try to live close to the land, buy from local farmers at Farmers Markets, act frugally so that future generations can have something of life. The long and short of it is I didn't expect to learn a great deal more about sustainable food storage and preservation, but I did! Fermentation was the one method of preservation that I d [...]

    10. Lissie on said:

      I am not this book's audience. It is designed for people who have the desire to store food and little knowledge of where to start or what to take into account. I, on the other hand, have already read numerous books on alternative food sources, canning, root cellars, etc. However, in skimming the book I did find some useful information for myself.Secondarily, the tone of this book is rather too doom-and-gloom for my taste. Though the author would probably remark that she's just taking stock of re [...]

    11. Alison on said:

      Because of this book, I am expanding my garden today. It explores the idea that the food system that we are all used to cannot support itself for much longer. Astyk tells how the best way to be ready for the change is to use the same methods of storage people used for thousands of years before grocery stores were around. I realize that I am the perfect audience for this book: a gardener who cares about these issues, but has never really preserved food. I will need to explore the specifics of som [...]

    12. Jennifer Miera on said:

      As usual, I enjoyed this book, but it wasn't quite what I needed. I had this book on pre-order and devoured it in a few days. I expected a bit more from this book and felt that it was a bit vague about actual food storage and preservation, which is strange, since it is supposed to be about that very thing. I came away from some sections needing to research other sources to answer questions that were left unanswered. I get the feeling that because this topic comes so naturally to the author, that [...]

    13. Marjanne on said:

      This book really has me thinking about gardening, livestock, food storage and preservation. Ms. Astyk is truly inspiring in the way she and her family have chosen to live their lives. There is a ton of advice and information on the need to be more 'food independent' and how to do it. I really appreciated that so much of what she says makes sense, on a community level, on a personal level, and even with my religious beliefs. If everyone read this book and started to make some of the changes in th [...]

    14. Ami on said:

      This book mostly tries to convince its audience why we should have and maintain a food storage system, which is a noble thing. I agree with many (but not all) of Astyk's points. I also enjoyed the large bibliography at the end of the book with additional books to read and I liked a few of the recipes Astyk provides within her book.However, when it comes to the information on actually building a food storage and becoming more self-reliant, I feel that this book loses much of its steam. A far bett [...]

    15. Beth Lequeuvre on said:

      As much as the author said she didn't want it to come across that way, this book was too much doom and gloom for my taste. I was also expecting recipes and there really aren't very many of those. Maybe 30 to 40 in the whole book and that's being optimistic. And the ones that were there were referenced from other sources. It was more a kinda scare/guilt you into food storage and food preserving primer for someone who had never heard of the concept before.

    16. Bettyann on said:

      Another life-changing book. Halfway through this fascinating book, I had my pantry organized--actually had my husband do it because all the junk in there was his. The shelves are now ready for those glass jars and bins full of food to sustain us over come-what-may.I urge everyone to read this book. Know the fact about the world's food situation and do what you can to take care of your family.

    17. Patrick Cauldwell on said:

      The thing I really liked about this book was that it takes a very practical approach to problem solving. Many other books that deal with things like Climate Change and Peak Oil are all about problems and just make us anxious. Independence Days lays out a set of concrete actions that you can take to make positive change. Peak Oil, etc. are lurking in the background, but the foreground is filled with real things that we can do right now.

    18. Malia Walter on said:

      A friend of mine introduced me to this book as a food preservation guide, but it is so much more. Astyk delves into money saving tips, pantry eating, preparedness ( without all of the doom and gloom and special care to address the subject as a positive) and a whole supply of yummy sounding recipes that I'm looking forward to trying. I borrowed this to read but will make a copy part of my home collection.

    19. Amy on said:

      I really enjoyed this book and if you are looking for an overview of how to get started this is the book for you. Unfortunately she is not too detailed on how to do most things or misses steps on how to complete the necessary tasks and recipes. As much as I enjoyed her writing, this book was not the how-to book it was touted to be. She did state all the necessary books that would be useful on how to do everything.

    20. Michele Karmartsang on said:

      While I certainly won't be able to implement all of the ideas in this book, due to my own personal circumstances, the book is full of good ideas and ways to go about creating a safety net for your family. Lots of food for thought about how self-sufficiency should be something we are all seeking to create, and why we need to.

    21. Marija on said:

      This is one of the best books on this topic I've ever read. The author is intelligent, thoughtful, and caring. While the thrust of the book is about storing food in anticipation for hard times, she's not a survivalist nut which I frankly wouldn't haven the patience for.I recommend this book for anyone wanting to find ways to incorporate more local foods into their diets.

    22. Pat Weston on said:

      Great book on canning, preserving, pantry stocking and sustainable food preservation. Good resource.She is an accomplished writer. This book is not just lists, but a dialog of information presented in a concise and easy to read format. Recipes are interspersed with useful information in each chapter.

    23. Lynn Siler on said:

      This is an incredible book! I was persuaded by Susan Wittig-Albert's insightful review to buy this book and every few lines I hear myself saying, "Yes! You're right; I need to mark this passage to share with others!". Well, if I marked all the passages I wanted to share I would be underlining the whole book.

    24. Lanette on said:

      This wasn't what I was expecting (which is what I get for picking up a book at the library and not even reading through it first) but it was a super-informative read that I may end up purchasing for our home library. How and why to preserve, using many different methods and not just canning. Highly recommend for anyone who realizes that our food supply chain is on the wrong track.

    25. Rose on said:

      I enjoyed the easy, laid back instructions to preserving food. A lot of the recipes included vegetables I do not like but could potentially make for gifts. The Independence Days: A Guide to Sustainable Food Storage & Preservation includes beautiful images and imaginative blendings for preserving plus advice on storing your harvest. I borrowed this book from my local library.

    26. Sarah on said:

      more than a recipe book. It's a nice offering, small solution so far to providing for yourself. It gives great insight into why you should prepare yourself from the crumbling food system. Not as gloomy as Omnivores dilemma because of her solutions.

    27. Joni Schultz on said:

      I liked this book a lot because it made me think more of how I spend my money and the food I have wasted over the years. The book provides thoughtful, frugal ways to preserve food and ideas to be more self sufficient. Which allows you to have more resources to share with others in time of need.

    28. Michelle on said:

      This is a really good book; well-written, informative, funnybut it made me feel terribly inadequate! :P

    29. Ideath on said:

      I don't know why it has taken me so long to start to read this book. I love Sharon Astyk. She makes me feel better. And ready to start doing what i should be doing anyway.

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