Two years ago, a morsel of an idea for a book series sprung forth, fed by the growing interest in back-to-basics living and the popularity of the slow food / locavore movement, community engagement and self-reliance. Paired with Ashley English, a holistic nutritionist and skilled writer and bibliophile who left her office job to fully embrace a homesteading lifestyle, the idea immediately took off. We published Keeping Chickens and Canning & Preserving, two of the hottest trends in the movement, last Spring. One year later, we’re proud to publish the next two books in the series: Keeping Bees and Home Dairy.
Keeping a backyard beehive is a fantastic step toward championing the homegrown food movement. In HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES, Ashley shares all the nitty-gritty details and tips she’s discovered in her own beekeeping journey. Learn what questions to ask before you acquire your first package of bees; discovery the ins and outs of hive hierarchy; explore hive housing, location, and feeding requirements; get tips for how to best provide for the health and wellness of hives; learn how to extract honey; and try some mouthwatering honey-based recipes concocted and perfected in Ashley’s home kitchen.
Making your own dairy products is another one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to get a bit closer to the foods you eat. With just a few gallons of milk and some friendly bacterial cultures, you can indulge in your own artisan butter, yogurt, mozzarella, and more. In HOMEMADE LIVING: HOME DAIRY, Ashley walks you through a primer on the history of home dairy-making, including all the essential tools and equipment and the ingredients involved; delectable recipes to make for family and friends; how to make your own cheese press; and even some body care recipes with dairy products featured front and center.
All of the books in the series are classic, go-to references that show how you (yes, even you!) can participate in the homemade living movement, walking you each step of the way with practical, need-to-know information; personal reflections from Ashley about her own experiences; profiles of people living this lifestyle; and unique recipes you’ll want in your cooking arsenal. Filled with just the right mix of knowledgeable guidance and friendly encouragement, the series provides you with the essential basics to start enriching your own homemade life.
To celebrate the publication of the new books in the series, we’ve got quite the giveaway for you this week: one autographed set of all four Homemade Living books: Keeping Bees, Home Dairy, Canning & Preserving, and Keeping Chickens. So, how do you enter for a chance to win this great bundle of books? Leave a comment on this post by 9 p.m. EST on Friday, March 11. Any comment is fine, but you’re welcome to leave a comment letting us know which of these books you’re most excited to own, and why. One winner will be selected at random and notified on Wednesday, March 16. Click here for the official rules. And good luck! Congratulations to Kim Inge for being our winner!