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Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living (Hardcover)
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Packed with delicious recipes, natural remedies, gardening tips, crafts, and more, this indispensable lifestyle reference from the popular blogger makes earth-friendly living fun.
Whether you live in a city, suburb, or the country, this essential guide for the backyard homesteader will help you achieve a homespun life--from starting your own garden and pickling the food you grow to pressing wildflowers, baking sourdough loaves, quilting, raising chickens, and creating your own natural cleaning supplies. In these richly illustrated pages, sustainability-guru Kris Bordessa offers DIY lovers an indispensable home reference for sustainability in the 21st century, with tried-and-true advice, 50 enticing recipes, and step-by-step directions for creating easy, cost-efficient projects that will bring out your inner pioneer. Filled with 340 color photographs, this relatable, comprehensive book contains time honored-wisdom and modern know-how for getting back to basics in a beautiful, accessible package.
About the Author
KRIS BORDESSA'S passion project is the hit blog Attainable Sustainable, which she launched in 2011 to create a community focused on self-reliant living. The site asks the question: What if we could tackle one little actionable step each day to achieve a more self-reliant lifestyle? Bordessa grew up on a small farm in Northern California where her family harvested apples, raised chickens, planted acres of tomatoes, butchered pigs and hosted a Christmas tree farm. These days, she lives in Hawai'i with her husband, two sons, an abundant vegetable garden, and a thriving chicken flock.
“In clear, down-to-earth language, Kris Bordessa delivers a timely and beautiful book that offers a lifetime of guidance on how to be more self-sufficient for reasons of health, satisfaction and happiness. Attainable Sustainable offers a solid foundation for practicing the necessary skills and crafts or just the ability to dabble among dozens of how-to topics. The book’s presentation and photographs are gorgeous, thanks to publisher National Geographic, but Attainable Sustainable is far more than a pretty facade. It’s practical and sensible, which is exactly what a stellar service book should be.” - American Society of Journalists and Authors
“When I was in my late teens and early twenties, I relied on the local public library to feed my insatiable desire for information on self-reliant living…Actually, this book tops anything I remember finding back in the day. It’s bigger, packed with more information, and is full of amazing color photographs (350 of them).” –Learningandyearning
“Wow! This book is amazing! It has it all. I literally was in another world for hours just taking in all the DIY greatness Kris has to offer.” –Instagram: Bookswithbethany
“I want this book! I need to get my hands on a copy. I feel the same need building in myself. A need to prepare for whatever may happen.” –Instagram: @sweetbookobsession
“This is an appealing book, the kind you might think of as a useful coffee table reference book. It is encouraging, well-written, and beautifully designed. It would make an excellent gift, especially for those who are feeling helplessly stuck at home because of the current pandemic.” –5 Acres & A Dream
“Talk about a timely book. With the world deep in the midst of a pandemic, learning about self-sustainability makes perfect sense. Not only is now a great time to learn about the numerous and various ways in which one can garden, pickle foods, create natural cleaning supplies, and craft; but it’s also becoming more and more obvious how imperative it is to become even more self-reliant. Grocery stores are filled with bare shelves and people are stockpiling toilet paper. It is most definitely a trying and terrifying time in the world…With the help of Bordessa's book, Attainable Sustainable, I feel like I can dive into projects that will help keep me feeling productive, engaged, and self-reliant.” –A Bookish Way of Life