Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living (Hardcover)

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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.
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.
Product Details ISBN: 9781426220548
ISBN-10: 1426220545
Publisher: National Geographic
Publication Date: March 24th, 2020
Pages: 320
Language: English
“Tips from Kris Bordessa’s popular blog fill this guide on Earth-friendly practices.”
–National Geographic

“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
“This looks like a really great book for right now and everyone stuck at home.” –Instagram: @ofmoviesandbooks
“Is it possible for this to be more spot on appropriate right now?? Saving!” –Instagram: @kdbwrites
“Not gonna lie, I feel like this book came into my life at the right time! My husband was calling me paranoid because for the past like half a year or so I’ve felt the need to get books like this or survival guide type things to use JUST IN CASE we ever found ourselves in an apocalyptic style life scenario. And now here we are and should the Internet fail us as well, I’m set with ways for us to sustain ourselves. Whether or not I can pull it off is another story, but I’ll at least have the directions I need ��” –Instagram: @dropandgivemenerdy

“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
“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.” –Cooks, Books, Looks
“I started 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.” –A Bookish Affair
“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.” –Living My Best Book Life
“As a homestead self-reliant living person myself there are so many things in this book I have only dreamed of learning and haven’t yet even come close. With over 300 pages packed full of useful knowledge, DIY’s, recipes, this is one amazing How-To manual to have on hand.” –The Upcycled Family

“For the past 20 years we have strived to live a sustainable & self-reliant life. One that not only meets the definitions of being self-reliant, but also, and maybe more importantly, one that is mindful, authentic and thoughtful. So what do we do when kindred spirit, Kris Bordessa, writes a book, “Attainable Sustainable the lost art of self-reliant living”? We read it! Read it is putting it mildly. More like devoured it.” –It’s My Sustainable Life

“Guided by step-by-step photos and Bordessa’s contagious good humor, you’ll learn earth-friendly lifestyle tips, including how to start your own garden, make your own cleaning supplies and plant heirloom vegetables you can’t find at the supermarket…Filled with small, actionable steps, Attainable Sustainable will help readers take control of their impact on the planet — and bridge the gap between wanting and making change.” –Laughing Place

“Consider this a primer and resource that will serve you through spring and beyond. It's a gorgeous book that you'll love just leafing through…Attainable Sustainable just pulls the reader in with simple projects, lovely photographs, and inspiration galore for your simple, self-reliant life.” –Homespun Seasonal Living

“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
“The perfect book for a time like this, when I’m spending more time at home thinking of finally trying my hand at canning, baking sourdough bread and homemade oil lamps. This book has DIYs for those and so much more.” –Instagram: @thahahnestdesign
“I. Am. Blown. Away. It is LOADED with ways to be more self-sustaining whether you live in the city, suburbs, or the wide open spaces ��” –Instagram: @slowlivinghomestead
“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
“This book couldn’t have come at a better time. I love learning new skills and dream of being a homesteader one day, so I had a lot of fun going through this book. It is packed full of different DIY projects like sewing, food preservation, and gardening, that are geared toward living a simpler, more self-reliant lifestyle…I think any home would benefit from having this book on hand.” –PNW Pixie
“From the first touch of the substantial cover to thumbing through the color-coded pages, you escape into a self-reliant world. A world where you feel like you can do all the wonderful projects that your eyes take in and find yourself living the life of simplicity that you have always dreamed of…This wonderful book is packed with information, ideas, lovely pictures, and simple instructions. I truly believe there’s something in it for everyone who is looking to become more self-sufficient. Anyone who strives to be more responsible for themselves and their families will find this book amazing. And it isn’t over anyone’s head. From the beginners to the old homesteaders, there is something for everyone.” –Little Frugal Homestead

“Not only is this book amazing for adults, but the projects in it are very family-friendly, and even my children have begun to enjoy reading through it and learning. Since we homeschool, this is going to be an awesome book I can use to teach our children quality skills such as candle making, plant foraging, and identification, patchwork and quilting, growing and planting… to just name a few!” –The Inspired Prairie