For starters I just love books. I love they way they feel and smell. I love the way they don't crash or go slow when it's raining (stupid satellite internet...). Plus, in the case of an emergency, when I may need to access survival or homesteading information, I probably won't be able to use the internet.
Furthermore, I think that books often reach a depth and focus that the internet often lacks. When I want to read in depth on Fermentation, for example, I may browse articles on the web and come up with several recipes and snippets, perhaps an article on the benefits, but it will be scattered and possibly inconsistent. Plus I'll be distracted by related but not quite relevant topics... like I'll find a blog with some good fermentation recipes and get distracted by their other non-related topics. But when I crack Wild Fermentation I get nothing but a focused (well, mostly) consistent take on fermentation, how it works, how to do it, and how it should fit into our lives. By the way, have patience, I will talk about Wild Fermentation in the near future:)
But today I figured it would be appropriate to start with THE book- Nourishing Traditions.
But something else happened during this period. I realized that I had been miserable my entire life and I didn't even know it. As long as I can remember I have been tired and plagued with anxiety, mild depression, and headaches ranging from back of the head tension headaches to migraines to bad sinus pressure. Once I started following Nourishing Traditions my headaches stopped, I had energy, and my anxiety and depression almost completely disappeared. By healing my children I had unintentionally healed myself.
I do have a few criticisms of the book. First of all, the current edition is ten years old, and I know that the author is still active in the field of traditional foods. I don't see why she doesn't put out a new edition, mostly because there are a lot of tiny problems in the book. The specific recipes, beyond the basics (soaking grains and beans, dairy ferments, veggie ferments, etc) aren't that good either because they poorly written or give wrong times/temps/amounts. It would be a truly amazing book if she would have testers evaluate each recipe for improvements and change the recipes accordingly. Plus I am sure there is more information she could add after 10 years.
But overall, despite it's shortcomings, I couldn't live without this book. I mean that in the truest sense of the word "live"- I probably wouldn't die without it, but I wouldn't be living to the fullest either.