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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1 Jenny @ Kerrfect! April 2, 2011 at 6:28 am

I’ve been wondering about these books, but I’ve only ever seen then online. The bookstore near us never had them in stock :(


2 Theresa(Miss Charlotte) April 2, 2011 at 9:20 am

These are fascinating! I am not so sure about the bees, as I’m quite sure they’re all out to get me…really….but I think I’d really like the chicken and canning editions…oooooh, and the dairy. I love me some cheese! Cheers!


3 Ruth Hill April 3, 2011 at 3:05 pm

My library has all 4 books, so I added them to my list. Thanks for bringing them to my attention. I never would have thought of looking at them otherwise!


4 beingjennifer July 17, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Like Ruth, our library carries all her books. She also has a book titled A Year of Pies: A Seasonal Tour of Home Baked Pies that is FANTASTIC!


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