Books: Homemade living series

by kath_red on 02/04/2011

in Books, Food

The two latest books in the Handmade living series, published by Lark Crafts, and written by Ashley English, are simply glorious! In the same format, retro styling and recycled paper as the previous books in the series, these latest books are an amazing addition to our wannabe homesteading lifestyle! Ashley has a regular guest blog series at design*sponge which has become a firm favourite and she has also guest posted here at whipup too!

Homemade Living: Home Dairy with Ashley English: All You Need to Know to Make Cheese, Yogurt, Butter & More

I love cheese, yogurt, milk and all those delicious dairy products. I have made my own yogurt, and made my own cottage cheese and tried clotted cream. None of it is difficult although it seems almost magical. This book takes the reader on a wonderful journey of fermenting discovery – from milk to mold, rennet and cultures – it might seem like magic – but really its pure science – fascinating stuff!

Homemade Living: Keeping Bees with Ashley English: All You Need to Know to Tend Hives, Harvest Honey & More

From understanding bee anatomy and hive hierarchy to setting up a hive, feeding bees, equipment, and how to look after your hive. Of course there is a whole section on extracting the honey and lots of delicious honey recipes – I like the idea of infusing honey with herbs – honey icecream looks delish and of course honey makes a great cold-fighting tonic. One of the best aspects of this book for me was going on the beekeeping journey with Ashley and realising how very accessible keeping bees can be!

Part of a week of natural crafting and lifestyle books here at

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