Book Review: Welcome To The Farm by Shaye Elliott

I have a new book that I've been reading - Welcome To The Farm by Shaye Elliott of The Elliott Homestead.  I own her previous 2 books as well, both of those are cookbooks, and I've been following her blog for a few years.

A funny thing happened about a month and a half ago.  I was catching up on reading posts on Shaye's blog and saw that you could pre-order her book on Amazon.  I threw it in my cart and didn't yet check out, I was waiting to see what else I needed wanted.  A few days later I received an email asking if I
would be interested in providing a review for the book.  As I've previously noted, I only review books that are of interest to me and would potentially be of interest to all of you.  Needless to say, this more than met that criteria and I was THRILLED!

If you aren't familiar with Shaye and her writing style, she's a down-to-earth, tell it like it is, realistic homesteader.  Reading her blog posts are like sitting down and chatting with a girlfriend.  A very witty girlfriend.  Her books are no different.

Her book is FULL of homesteading wisdom (as the title states...).  She writes an extremely thorough chapter on gardening.  This chapter alone is worth the price of the book.  From planning the garden to starting seeds, the basics of composting, what to plant in each season, companion planting, ridding your garden of pests naturally to saving your seeds.  It's very thorough.

Her Preserving The Harvest chapter is full of great tips and recipes - I'll be making a few of them this year for sure. Definitely the peaches in honey syrup. And the Vanilla-Infused Cherries.  Oh, and the Apple Pie Filling (using honey and maple syrup - no white sugar....woo hoo!).  And, well, a few more.  Shaye's chapters on raising animals are incredibly honest, thorough, and descriptive to allow the reader the opportunity to feel a part of the process.  And her chapter on raising bees.  Oh my.....I so want to get my hive going!

In Welcome To The Farm, Shaye shares all of the how-to wisdom one needs to start their own homestead (or dream about starting their own homestead) coupled with story after story of her own experiences including dreams and heartache.  The photo's are beautiful, the advice is amazing and the recipes are practical and healthy.

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1 comment:

Sweet Love and Ginger said...

Yes! I got this book and one of her previous ones as well a while ago and loved it. Not only is the information great, but I just love thumbing through the pages for the pictures as well. Great read!