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A Bite of Independence Through Self-Sufficiency.

First impressions may be the most lasting, but they aren't always necessarily right. You can't always tell a book by its cover.

For example, look at A Bite of Independence Through Self-Sufficiency, by Marlynn Phipps, Jan Woolley, and Venecia & Jenny Phipps.

The cover is a beautiful photo--like one of those "upscale" magazines--of some great-looking food. There's a cherry pie, a fine looking waxed cheese, four kinds of bread, a bowl of brown and white eggs... and a whole fish with a cherry tomato in its mouth and something that looks like a wedding cake, decorated with white pillars and red roses and an almost ridiculous icing job. And more.

And the subtitle is Learn How to: Feed A Family Of Four For As Low As $10.00 Per Week.

Yeah, sure.

Flipping through it: more of the same, including a three-layer wedding cake. But wait. A diagram of how to skin a rabbit? Drawings of fish farm setups? Home-made food dryers? cheese presses? Homemade food dryer? Maybe this book deserves a closer look.

The second impression is much better. Yes, this book really is about self reliance, and it has some terrific ideas and recipes that almost any homesteader will appreciate.

It's not just a cook book. The authors call it a "way of life book." There are brief chapters on fish farming, beekeeping, home butchering and gardening. The theme throughout the book seems to be one most countrysiders would agree with: "It's fun to be frugal," and you don't have to live on beans.

The chapter on bread, crackers and pasta is very good, containing not only some mouth-watering recipes but many tips and hints as well. It includes recipes for everlasting yeast, yeast cakes using hops, and sourdough starter.

There is an excellent section on "Putting Aside" which includes curing and smoking meats and making sausage, as well as canning and freezing.

A grab bag section includes recipes for everything from biscuit mix, curry powder and pickling spice, to laundry soap and bluing and starch.

It's a very good, informative book.

We just wonder what the readers who are attracted by the elegant cover will think when they come to that page about butchering rabbits.--JdB

A Bite of Independence; 180 pp, 8-1/2 x 11, color photos, $24.99 + $3 S&H; from SSL, Inc., P. O. Box 2050, Higley AZ 85236.

For those who really do feed a family of four on $10 a week and can't afford almost three weeks' grocery money for a book, another version--smaller, and without as many fancy pictures--is available for less than two weeks' grocery money. Instead of A Bite Of Independence this one is A Nibble of Independence and is available for $15.99 + $3 S&H from the same source.
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Author:Belanger, Jd
Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jan 1, 1993
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