Monday, October 31, 2016

Homemade Pantry By Alana Chernila


Homemade Pantry
101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making
By Alana Chernila

The title of this book intrigued me. I personally love making items from scratch and I know I'm not alone on that. Obviously, or there wouldn't be a book about it! But really I'm speaking about you, dear reader. So I  read and wrote this review with you in mind.

First of all, it wasn't exactly what I was expecting. That doesn't mean it's bad. It's just not what I was expecting. I was thinking the recipes would be more in line with scratch cooking like Ma Ingalls would have done but in reality it's modern food scratch cooking. There's recipes for chicken nuggets, fish sticks, macaroni and cheese, and marshmallows just to give you an idea of what I mean. If you eat convience foods it is well worth your time to cook those items from scratch. They would no longer be convient foods as genuine cooking takes time but the gain of health benefits and the lack of erasing something well known and loved from your diet is worth the sacrifice of time.


Finish reading the rest of my review over at my book blog, Keeper At The Bookshelf.

Friday, October 28, 2016

The Art and Science of Grazing by Sarah Flack


The Art and Science of Grazing
How Grass Farmers Can Create Sustainable Systems for Healthy Animals and Farm Ecosystems
By Sarah Flack

The Art and Science of Grazing is an amazing resource for information on grazing your livestock. Sarah has shared knowledge on sustainably grazing sheep, cows, and goats. When you read the book you began to realize just how much work a farmer has. Even if you only have two dairy aninals you'll soon learn that the amount of work put into sustainable agriculture is not on the little side. The benefits of such hard work pays off in the end. Your pasture will flourish, your livestock will be healthier making you healthier, the ecosystem will praise you, and your pocket will thank you. Good grazing cuts down on the cost of feed meaning your livestock will be able to forage for more of their food. Whereas in a system that doesn't encourage good grazing practices your livestock won't be able to forage as much which in turn will cost you more money in purchasing  supplemental feed. Sarah devotes a page to discussing supplemental feed in Part Three Chapter Seven of her book. She also provides a worksheet in  Appendix A to furthur aid the reader in this area.

Click on over to my book devoted blog, Keeper At The Bookshelf, to finish reading my review.