The best self-sustainability books 📚

Browse the best books on self-sustainability as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of The Weekend Homesteader: A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency

The Weekend Homesteader: A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency

By Anna Hess

Why this book?

Even if you aren’t interested in becoming fully self-sufficient, this book is an eye-opening and exciting look at the possibilities available to us. Growing our own food (even some of it) can help us to reconnect with nature. It’s also very empowering.

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The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times

By Carol Deppe

Why this book?

I have a love/hate relationship with permaculture. I adore the concept...and when I put most authors' assertions into practice, I find that I get a much lower yield than doing things the old way. That's why I enjoy books like this one from gardeners who walk the walk, not just talk the talk. Warning: You will be sorely tempted to buy ducks. Resist, resist!

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Book cover of The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency: The Classic Guide for Realists and Dreamers

The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency: The Classic Guide for Realists and Dreamers

By John Seymour

Why this book?

This is the classic book on self-sufficiency that started my interest when I first read it decades ago. John Seymour was the master and teacher and the book is crammed with practical methods with many useful illustrations. Many people I know who are fascinated with the idea of self-sufficiency, and successful practitioners, were initially inspired by this book.

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Book cover of Practical Self-Sufficiency: The Complete Guide to Sustainable Living Today

Practical Self-Sufficiency: The Complete Guide to Sustainable Living Today

By Dick Strawbridge, James Strawbridge

Why this book?

This is a very comprehensive book by engineer and TV presenter Dick Strawbridge and his son James. Not only does it cover the usual themes of food production but is also littered with many practical engineering projects that can help you lead a self-reliant life - such as methods for producing your own electricity, water. The many excellent photos help guide you through the projects in detail.

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Home Farm

By Paul Heiney

Why this book?

The photography in this book is so gorgeous you can just imagine yourself on a sunny smallholding or homestead, tending your crops and looking after your livestock. The instructions are clear and concise from someone who lives the good life. It certainly encouraged me to have a go at various aspects of self-sufficiency that other books didn’t. A great book to dream over while you plan your future.

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More Scenes from a Smallholding

By Chas Griffin

Why this book?

This is a true story of Chas Griffin’s attempts at living a self-sufficient life on a new smallholding in Wales. Not only is it hilarious but describes all the ups and downs and unexpected disasters yet remains warm and inviting. Rather than just an instruction book, this will show you what it’s really like and possibly give you second thoughts! This was Chas’s first book and so good I went on the read his subsequent titles.

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