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Packed with delicious recipes, natural remedies, gardening tips, homemaking ideas, crafts, and more, this indispensable lifestyle reference from the popular blogger behind Attainable Sustainable makes earth-friendly living fun, real, and easy. Whether you live in a city, suburb, or the country, this essential guide for the backyard homesteader will help you achieve a homesp Packed with delicious recipes, natural remedies, gardening tips, homemaking ideas, crafts, and more, this indispensable lifestyle reference from the popular blogger behind Attainable Sustainable makes earth-friendly living fun, real, and easy. 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 beautifully illustrated pages, Kris Bordessa offers DIY lovers an indispensable home reference for sustainability in the 21st century, using tried-and-true advice, 50 enticing recipes, and step-by-step directions for creating fun, 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.


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Packed with delicious recipes, natural remedies, gardening tips, homemaking ideas, crafts, and more, this indispensable lifestyle reference from the popular blogger behind Attainable Sustainable makes earth-friendly living fun, real, and easy. Whether you live in a city, suburb, or the country, this essential guide for the backyard homesteader will help you achieve a homesp Packed with delicious recipes, natural remedies, gardening tips, homemaking ideas, crafts, and more, this indispensable lifestyle reference from the popular blogger behind Attainable Sustainable makes earth-friendly living fun, real, and easy. 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 beautifully illustrated pages, Kris Bordessa offers DIY lovers an indispensable home reference for sustainability in the 21st century, using tried-and-true advice, 50 enticing recipes, and step-by-step directions for creating fun, 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.

3 review for Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living

  1. 5 out of 5

    Meg - A Bookish Affair

    I began reading "Attainable Sustainable" just as we started staying home from work due to the threat of covid-19. We have a lot of time on our hands now and a lot of time to try out some of the tips found in this book. This book is jam packed with ideas of how you can make yourself more self-sustainable. While the idea of self-sustainability itself may be daunting, this book breaks a bunch of initially complicated-seeming things into super approachable steps. Author Kris Bordessa acts as a wonde I began reading "Attainable Sustainable" just as we started staying home from work due to the threat of covid-19. We have a lot of time on our hands now and a lot of time to try out some of the tips found in this book. This book is jam packed with ideas of how you can make yourself more self-sustainable. While the idea of self-sustainability itself may be daunting, this book breaks a bunch of initially complicated-seeming things into super approachable steps. Author Kris Bordessa acts as a wonderful coach towards making sure you feel well equipped to tackle the projects in the book. This book has tips on just about everything you could think of: growing and raising food, cooking, making different household good, cleaning, etc. You can either read this book straight through like I did or treat it as an encyclopedia of sorts. Either way, I know this book is one that I want to keep on hand so that I can reference it whenever I want to try something new. Not only is the book super useful but it is very pretty as well. It's chock full of tons of gorgeous pictures that not only show you finished projects but also gives you some instruction on how to accomplish some of the various projects. If you're interested in sticking your toe in the self-sustainability pool or if you're a newbie ready to fully dive in, this book is a great start!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andrex

    "The changes came slowly but they came." SO SO true. This, what some would call simpler, not to mention healthier, lifestyle does not happen overnight. It is a gradual process. PLEASE NOTE that this book is NOT for those who are already living the self-sustaining lifestyle and technically know it all. This book is for those who want to get 'on the road' to a better life, step by step. Colorful photos are scattered throughout the book. Whilst I have dehydrated food for years I have never braved mak "The changes came slowly but they came." SO SO true. This, what some would call simpler, not to mention healthier, lifestyle does not happen overnight. It is a gradual process. PLEASE NOTE that this book is NOT for those who are already living the self-sustaining lifestyle and technically know it all. This book is for those who want to get 'on the road' to a better life, step by step. Colorful photos are scattered throughout the book. Whilst I have dehydrated food for years I have never braved making our own beef jerky. This book has given me the 'push'. Going to try the recipe of Page 20 now with our grass fed beef as we like to take jerky with us when hiking or traveling. The main categories are: Eat * Make * Clean * Grow * farm * Trek Those are BROAD titles with each section containing an incredible amount of information, recipes, how to's etc. This is more like a sustainable encyclopedia, there is SO much info in here. AMAZING resource. This is not a book you are going to read all in one sitting and put on a shelf to gather dust. This is a book you are going to be referencing regularly. Not much of hiker? It's time to get our and enjoy all the beautiful nature around us. Read the trekking section to gain a lot of wisdom, thus hopefully saving you some pain and mistakes. Ever made a Tuna Can stove? The author shows you how in here. The Climate Zone map at the end is VERY handy. I truly have high praise for this book. It may not go into great detail on every single subject BUT there is more than enough in here to get anyone well on the way to self-sustainable living and it is ALL in one book. You don't have to spend hours searching the internet. The author has put it all together in one handy volume. My hat goes off to her as there was so much to organize here along with multiple recipes and tips to include. IMPRESSED! A definite keeper in this house. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. Thanks, Liz

  3. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    Attainable Sustainable is basically a guide for living more like people did before the advent of packaged food and the throw away society we now inhabit. Grow your own food, preserve it, learn to reuse what you have, can you sew? knit? crochet? Many of these skills used to be taught in school but no longer are – back in the dark ages when I went to high school I was required to take Home Ec. Now it’s an elective. Skills like canning and fermenting are fun to learn and can lead to a lifestyle tha Attainable Sustainable is basically a guide for living more like people did before the advent of packaged food and the throw away society we now inhabit. Grow your own food, preserve it, learn to reuse what you have, can you sew? knit? crochet? Many of these skills used to be taught in school but no longer are – back in the dark ages when I went to high school I was required to take Home Ec. Now it’s an elective. Skills like canning and fermenting are fun to learn and can lead to a lifestyle that feels safer in troubled times. The book is broken down into chapters; {Indoors) Eat, Make, Clean, (Outdoors) Grow, Farm Trek. The Eat section goes into the different ways to preserve food with recipes. As soon as I am able I want to try to make my own pickled ginger. It’s a condiment I love and being able to make it whenever I can get some ginger would be wonderful. There are also tips on bread baking (it’s really not hard. I’ve been making our bread for probably 30 years.) Make shares skills that many have forgotten like candlemaking, wool felting, leatherwork and more. Clean shows you how to make your own soap (been there) and skin care products along with household cleaning products, laundry soap, etc.Grow starts you with the basics of beginning a garden from starting your seeds, preparing the space, what to grow, different ways to grow, etc. Farm goes the next step up with keeping animals like chickens, bees, and perhaps other small livestock like goats – Pricilla would be proud. There are also explanations of composting and why it’s so important. The final chapter, Trek takes you outside of your little corner of the world into the wider space and provides info on outdoor cooking, foraging, plant identification, how to tap trees for syrup (if you have hardwoods) and more.The chapters are color coded so it’s easy to look at the side of the book and see where each one breaks. Now, as with any book like this, it’s not going to answer every question or go super deep into each topic but it is a wonderful reference guide to have available as you work towards a more sustainable life. The book is packed with information and once you do have the basics you know how to find what you need to learn even more.I have been canning/freezing/dehydrating the harvest here on our little farm for about 12 years now but I was still reading the chapters on said with interest. You can never stop learning when it comes living this kind of life. You do’t have to go all in all at once – even if you start by making a batch of jam you will feel the joy of knowing you filled those jars for your family to enjoy. Start a container garden with tomatoes – there is nothing as delicious as a freshly picked tomato, still warm from the sun. Baby steps can lead to bigger changes.This book was written in a very easy to read, entertaining way. It is full of very useful information on so many practical topics. flag 2 likes · Like  · see review Apr 03, 2020 Debbi rated it it was amazing Similarly to the moral from 'The Town Mouse and Country Mouse' from Aesops Fable, Ms. Bordessa's Lost Art of Self-Reliant living is a testament to living sustainably with what we have, can grow, and make, rather than succumbing to the omnipresent societal fear we literally buy into that more is always better.From the incredible full page photography to the clean, colorful page layouts, there's something for everyone. This inevitably will speak volumes to first-timers who want to dip their toes i Similarly to the moral from 'The Town Mouse and Country Mouse' from Aesops Fable, Ms. Bordessa's Lost Art of Self-Reliant living is a testament to living sustainably with what we have, can grow, and make, rather than succumbing to the omnipresent societal fear we literally buy into that more is always better.From the incredible full page photography to the clean, colorful page layouts, there's something for everyone. This inevitably will speak volumes to first-timers who want to dip their toes into sustainable living.With easy to follow recipes, detailed instructions, and sound encouragement, I recognize this is a book I will be 'reading' for a long time. Dog-eared, well worn, and highlighted from what I predict to be a tremendous amount of use, it will prove to be of value for years to come. flag 1 like · Like  · see review May 19, 2020 Laurel Bishop rated it it was amazing I received Kris Bordessa's book in my first giveaway and was beyond thrilled when it arrived on my birthday. This is the perfect gift you give yourself if you want a sustainable lifestyle. I read all 319 pages in one night; it's that riveting and enticing. Her earthy writing style is equalled by dozens of gold-standard National Geographic (NG) photographs. NG editors called Kris in Hawaii in 2016 to write this lifestyle journey for them! How awesome is that? Kris genuinely lives the self-reliant I received Kris Bordessa's book in my first giveaway and was beyond thrilled when it arrived on my birthday. This is the perfect gift you give yourself if you want a sustainable lifestyle. I read all 319 pages in one night; it's that riveting and enticing. Her earthy writing style is equalled by dozens of gold-standard National Geographic (NG) photographs. NG editors called Kris in Hawaii in 2016 to write this lifestyle journey for them! How awesome is that? Kris genuinely lives the self-reliant lifestyle; she has such a vast array of real experiences and important skills, you'll be inspired and motivated. It's the kind of favorite encyclopedic resource you can start on any page and rely on for a lifetime.Here are some highlights: Making jerky, salsa, kimchi, kefir, limoncello exactly as they make it in Pisa, apple cider vinegar from apple scraps, easy soft tortillas, sourdough bread complete with the starter instructions, homemade ranch dressing, hummus and mayo, crunchy baguettes, simple savory oils and fused vinegars, homemade bacon and Italian sausage. Teacup candles, an oil lamp, cloth napkins, pillowcases, reusable bags, patchwork quilting, felting wool, basketry, macrame, leatherwork, mosaics, and block printing. Kris simplifies making soap, helps you make your own body lotions, deodorant, coconut scrub, moisturizers, dry shampoo, facial masks and hair moisturizers; talk about saving money and looking good. You'll want to grow and dry herbs; infuse oils in a slow cooker or distill fragrances from plants; make safe cough syrup, soothing salves, green cleaner, baby wipes, dishwasher soap with two ingredients; scent diffusers using vodka and repel cockroaches and flies.There's an easy garden; a simple cold frame and a neat salad tower from PVC; veggie pesto and an edible landscape; sprouting seeds with a T-shirt and gardening vertically; an upside down tomato plant and making fertilizer; and growing microgreens. Anyone can now prune correctly; grow a pollinator garden; make a bird house; herb-infused honey and beeswax; properly cut up a chicken; make ricotta cheese and simple mosquito repellant with four ingredients; build a fire and make a can stove; clean fish and cast iron; make a campfire pizza and build a leaf hut; create a field journal; find the North Star and identify animal tracks; know which leaves are poisonous; collect seeds and make a flower press, tap a tree and make maple syrup. There's an excellent climate zone chart, a useful three page list of recommended books and websites; attribution to every photograph by name and page number and a six page intuitive Index. Whether you're 10 or 100 this book is useful, fun and worthwhile for beginners as well as those of us who grew up in the 50's. Her topics and tips are endless with succinct explanations and are easy to accomplish; the pages are NG quality and the unusual cover is beautifully designed and feels good to hold. All this and heaven too for $35.00; so worth it. This is a keeper!Mahalo nui, Kris. flag Like  · see review Mar 31, 2020 Living My Best Book Life rated it really liked it Shelves: environment Attainable Sustainable is a great book for those who enjoy being outside and in the garden. I love planting and growing vegetables and herbs in my garden and I learned so much.The book is perfect for beginners. If you have never planted your own garden, you will learn so much. The great thing about this book is that it shows you pictures and details the best environment to have successful growth. It also has so many other great ideas like DIY home supplies. It's so empowering to learn how much y Attainable Sustainable is a great book for those who enjoy being outside and in the garden. I love planting and growing vegetables and herbs in my garden and I learned so much.The book is perfect for beginners. If you have never planted your own garden, you will learn so much. The great thing about this book is that it shows you pictures and details the best environment to have successful growth. It also has so many other great ideas like DIY home supplies. It's so empowering to learn how much you can get done at your own house. I give Attainable Sustainable 4 stars. It's a great DIY and an environmental book about planting, baking, and even making your own natural household supplies. The stunning pictures and detailed tips will prove to be beneficial on your sustainable journey. flag Like  · see review Jul 22, 2020 Susannah Shmurak rated it it was amazing As a long time fan of Kris Bordessa's website, Attainable Sustainable, I was thrilled when I won her book in a giveaway. This beautiful book is an amazing reference for projects the aspiring DIYer can take on one by one. From the basics of fermenting and bread-making to dyeing your own cloth and making soap, there's something in here for everyone from the newbie to the experienced homesteader. Covering a huge array of topics -- home canning, garden planning, numerous craft projects, sprouting, r As a long time fan of Kris Bordessa's website, Attainable Sustainable, I was thrilled when I won her book in a giveaway. This beautiful book is an amazing reference for projects the aspiring DIYer can take on one by one. From the basics of fermenting and bread-making to dyeing your own cloth and making soap, there's something in here for everyone from the newbie to the experienced homesteader. Covering a huge array of topics -- home canning, garden planning, numerous craft projects, sprouting, raising livestock, outdoor adventures, and so much more -- it's an inspiring experience to flip through the pages and consider what steps toward more self-reliant living to take next. Happy to have it in my collection and looking forward to picking up some new skills on the road to self-sufficiency. flag Like  · see review May 27, 2020 Lisa Wiegand rated it really liked it This was a GoodReads giveaway that I won. The book is a very nice book. It is well organized, with nice photos & good drawings. This book is awesome for people who are complete newbies to "Self-Reliant Living". However, having grown up in very rural northeast Wisconsin poverty - I already knew most of the material that was covered in the book about identifying animals and plants and am very familiar with foraging for mushrooms & edibles. If you are knew to this lifestyle option - this book would This was a GoodReads giveaway that I won. The book is a very nice book. It is well organized, with nice photos & good drawings. This book is awesome for people who are complete newbies to "Self-Reliant Living". However, having grown up in very rural northeast Wisconsin poverty - I already knew most of the material that was covered in the book about identifying animals and plants and am very familiar with foraging for mushrooms & edibles. If you are knew to this lifestyle option - this book would be an excellent one to start with. If you are a semi-experienced naturalist - don't spend the money - because the value won't be there for you. flag Like  · see review Apr 25, 2020 Michelle rated it it was amazing This book is great! We have had this book less than a week and my whole family has been reading it. There are so many great ideas in this book, our “to do” list has grown substantially. My 11 year old daughter has taken particular interest in this book. The fact that it is a book that she can read has been been both educational and motivating. I love the breakdown of sections between food items, cleaning, growing, farming and trekking. Wonderful content. We won this as part of a Goodreads Giveaw This book is great! We have had this book less than a week and my whole family has been reading it. There are so many great ideas in this book, our “to do” list has grown substantially. My 11 year old daughter has taken particular interest in this book. The fact that it is a book that she can read has been been both educational and motivating. I love the breakdown of sections between food items, cleaning, growing, farming and trekking. Wonderful content. We won this as part of a Goodreads Giveaway and it has started a lot of family conversations this week for thing to do. Thank you! flag Like  · see review Jun 09, 2020 Whitney Stanfield rated it it was amazing This book is amazing and I recommend it to anyone that is looking to start down the path to sustainable living. This book is very well organized with easily absorbable information. I did not find a single recipe that I felt like I could not follow. I borrowed this from my local library but will be purchasing my own copy for my personal collection since it is a great reference book. National Geographic is the best and this book is testament to their Brand quality. flag Like  · see review Jun 09, 2020 Katrina Clohessy rated it really liked it Shelves: adult-nonfiction This is a good starting point for learning about various tenets of self-reliant & eco-friendly living. I'd suggest that after reading through this book, the reader further pursue any areas of interest via more in-depth texts on gardening, cooking from scratch, homesteading, traditional crafts, etc. Because of my own background knowledge in some of these areas, this book served more as a source of inspiration for further studies and exploration. This is a good starting point for learning about various tenets of self-reliant & eco-friendly living. I'd suggest that after reading through this book, the reader further pursue any areas of interest via more in-depth texts on gardening, cooking from scratch, homesteading, traditional crafts, etc. Because of my own background knowledge in some of these areas, this book served more as a source of inspiration for further studies and exploration. flag Like  · see review Jul 22, 2020 Christine Scott rated it really liked it During this pandemic, it was natural and horrifying to consider how much we rely on stores for groceries and goods. This beautiful book is an overview of all the different ways you can become more self-reliant, including gardening, food preservation, sewing, soap making, raising livestock and foraging. This book didn’t go very deep on any one topic but is good for general knowledge and exploration! flag Like  · see review Apr 26, 2020 Maria Jansson rated it it was amazing A must have for anyone striving to live a selfsustainable life. It covers the basic of a great variety of subjects such as; gardening, cooking, canning, fermenting, candlemaking, soapmaking and farming. I really like the attractive design and modern approach to homesteading. The photos throughout the book are of very high quality and the descriptions very easy to follow. flag Like  · see review Aug 31, 2020 Ashley rated it it was ok This is more of a well-compiled tutorial list of sustainable living ideas than a good read of how to make choices that are better for your health, environment, etc. Honestly, I’d rather read about projects like these on a blog that goes deep into the how, why and with steps instead of a two page book article. flag Like  · see review Sep 01, 2020 Helena rated it it was amazing Shelves: nonfiction, home-and-garden I'd been waiting a while to get this book from the library, and it was worth the wait. The book is beautiful as well as helpful and informative, and it breaks projects down so that they sound completely doable. I'll be asking for a copy for my birthday for sure; I'll want this around to refer to in the future. flag Like  · see review Sep 11, 2020 Lisa Houlihan added it Shelves: afemale, nf-applied-howto-guide-list This is a a bound version of a magazine to flip through. As a book, I suppose it might serve to pique interest in a given subject but I suspect virtue-signaling is its main job. It cracked me UP that it dedicates the same scant pages to keeping bees and keeping chickens to the (enjoyable! but less vital) activities of macrame and mosaics. flag Like  · see review Oct 02, 2020 Grace rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition This book had breadth and some depth. It was well-organised. Activities were classified into indoor (Eat, Make, Clean) and outdoor (Grow, Farm, Trek) activities. It's a good introduction on a wide range of topics from making beef jerky to macrame pot holders to rearing goats to foraging weeds. I thought her strongest chapters were her gardening chapters. I was surprised to hear tin foil and plastic baggies being used in the trekking chapter to make food packets, but it does make the lifestyle mo This book had breadth and some depth. It was well-organised. Activities were classified into indoor (Eat, Make, Clean) and outdoor (Grow, Farm, Trek) activities. It's a good introduction on a wide range of topics from making beef jerky to macrame pot holders to rearing goats to foraging weeds. I thought her strongest chapters were her gardening chapters. I was surprised to hear tin foil and plastic baggies being used in the trekking chapter to make food packets, but it does make the lifestyle more relatable and achievable to the average person. flag Like  · see review Jul 01, 2020 Winder Library added it Shelves: darby-s-reads Self Reliant Living.....sounds like you've got to become a farmer......never fear you will find something in this book to help your family. Just pursue this very informative and easily laid out book and you will get inspired. flag Like  · see review Apr 03, 2020 Leslie rated it it was amazing Beautiful book and just perfect for me, over here wondering how to do a little more for ourselves during the global pandemic. I am so glad I bought it. Really well done. flag Like  · see review Apr 03, 2020 Ke’alohi W. rated it it was amazing Everything you need to start your path to a more self-sustainable life. Kris covers all of the bases, from gardening to homemade cleaning supplies to fermenting. flag Like  · see review Apr 22, 2020 Emily rated it it was amazing This book is beautiful and full of great tidbits that I can't wait to try out! flag Like  · see review Jul 22, 2020 Beth Gott rated it it was amazing Wonderful book, full of great ideas and inspiration that accessible to everyone! flag Like  · see review Aug 04, 2020 Mary rated it liked it Shelves: nonfiction What a fun book to dip into to find introductory instructions to dozens (hundreds?) of self-reliant living activities. From food preservation to gardening, livestock, sewing, crafts and more. flag Like  · see review Aug 09, 2020 Cheryl rated it it was amazing Maybe one to buy... :) flag Like  · see review Aug 09, 2020 Trish rated it really liked it Shelves: nonfiction, 2020 This is a very helpful book. flag Like  · see review Sep 29, 2020 Tabitha rated it liked it Lots of good information, but very North American centric flag Like  · see review Oct 09, 2020 Joy rated it it was ok Shelves: books-have-finished Very little new in this book.If you have read other books on green or sustainable living you have read most of this material. flag Like  · see review Oct 17, 2020 Heydi Smith rated it liked it This is a pretty book with good, basic living info in it. I enjoyed how diverse it was and how info packed it was. flag Like  · see review Oct 24, 2020 Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: dont-own Super useful starting point for a more sustainable life. Basics of a lot of things are included and tools to go deeper are listed. flag Like  · see review Nov 25, 2020 Rosie rated it really liked it Shelves: books-to-buy-in-physical I read this as an ebook but I feel like it would be more beneficial as a hard copy :) flag Like  · see review « previous 1 2 next »

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