Book Reviews of Food Self-Sufficiency.

1. "Before you write this book off as a resource only for counter culture back-to-the-lander types, read on. There are varying levels of self-sufficiency, the authors explain. From growing in plastic clothes hampers in your urban apartment to full-time rural greenhouse growing and duck raising, the book details planning, preparing, planting, and caring for food crops. It gives tips on everything from fence construction to companion planting. An excellent plant-by-plant guide discusses varieties, planting hints, general care, and pest control. The book also covers orchard crop and animal raising and tells how to can, dry, freeze, and even make cheese. Despite the animal raising chapter, the nutrition section gives a good overview of different levels of vegetarianism and some basic nutritional guidelines. Everyone's Guide does indeed provide something for everyone." (Ecology, p. 20, March 1992)

2. "There's no filler in this all-encompassing guide to growing and raising everything you put on your table. From window-box gardens to laying out a farm, there's practical, hands-on information with plenty of illustrations to help with irrigation, garden plotting, greenhouse and animal pen building. Chapters on nutrition and food preserving (including cheese-making and curing meats) allow you to find your own level of food independence. Both planting techniques and individual crops are discussed in labor and economic costs. Every page speaks from experience." (Consumer Almanac, p. 95, 1989)

3. "The authors, who have researched, tested, and retested the material for this book in their own home and garden, believe that there is a movement sweeping the country, as 'individuals, families, and communities are rediscovering their self reliance and the values connected to the land.' The importance of this book is that the Gullets do not believe you have to have land in order to grow your own food. There are many levels of food self-sufficiency, they claim. 'It can be as simple as an apartment dweller's saving two or three hundred dollars per year on grocery costs, or as complex as a family's making a major lifestyle shift...'

"They give instructions for growing food in laundry hampers, window boxes, and roof gardens, as well as hydroponic gardening (which uses a water medium rather than soil), and other inventive indoor gardening methods. Complete directions are also given for more ambitious gardening projects, as well as raising your own animals. Another section of the book is a guide for all types of food preservation: freezing, canning, preserving, cheese-making, drying, curing, and smoking. There is also a section with reliable information on nutrition (Mrs. Gullet is a registered dietitian, with a private practice as a nutritional consultant)." (Grace Kirschenbaum, Evening Outlook, Dec. 2, 1981)