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A great sum of small things
26th March, 2019

Amy Tyson reviews this practical and inspirational guide to reducing waste.

A Family Guide to Waste-Free Living plants seeds in your mind and encourages you to plant seeds in your life. Lauren and Oberon Carter’s minimalist approach to providing a waste-free family framework is deceptively abundant. All of the necessary ingredients, both practical and thought provoking, are provided. Their basic principles are presented in a supportive and non-judgemental fashion and are applicable to the suburban environment. This book will do more than get you started. It will become a household tome of comfort and inspiration.

What even is waste-free living? You might think you know something about it. You might think the benefits are glaringly obvious. As you flip through each intricately crafted page, you will witness the waste-free life experiences of this family. With exquisitely captured scenes, you are invited to peer through gorgeously framed windows. You will read their constructively framed words-from-the-heart and realise the far-reaching power of your own decisions. Even the small ones.

No corner of your life is left unexamined. Their principles can be retrofitted to any decision that needs to be made regarding waste. Issues such as the broader impact of waste and invisible waste are touched upon with just the right amount of information to encourage thought. The theme of this book is personal, though, focusing on how to bring about change in your home and life.

As you immerse yourself in the wholesome life of the Carter family, you will find more than enough carefully instructed yet malleable methods to start making waste-free decisions. You will find no strict recipes here. No rules. Except for the rules you make for yourself. And even then, you’ll find kind and understanding advice on how to find your own balance.

A contagious sense of calm comes from observing the Carters’ simple way of life. Instead of overwhelmed at the enormity of the subject, you will feel capable of revolution in your own life and of taking responsibility for your own waste, one decision at a time.

A Family Guide to Waste-Free Living by Lauren and Oberon Carter is published by Pan MacMillan RRP $34.95.

To help Blue Mountains Food Co-op members achieve their waste-free living goals, our neighbour in Ha’penny Lane, The Little Lost Bookshop is offering a 20% discount on this title for Co-op members. Just pop into the bookstore with your Co-op member card and place your order.

Brew a Batch review
17th January, 2019

Brew your own
Home brew just got a little easier with the release of Brew a Batch by Christopher Sidwa writes Maddison Pitt.

If you’re just starting to brew or want to move past the supermarket kits, Christopher Sidwa provides a very handy 101 in his book ‘Brew a Batch’.
The book starts out by explaining different beer styles, the raw ingredients that make beer and what you’ll need to brew your own batch. Christopher reminds us to keep it simple and local when it comes to home brewing.

Before you invest in expensive gear, I recommend borrowing what you can from friends or buying second hand, such as a bottle capper and reusing old glass beer bottles instead of buying new ones.

Christopher also suggests making your own fermentation bucket out of a re-purposed
plastic bucket with a lid. Don’t forget to thoroughly sanitise everything that will come into contact with your soon to be beer!

Before you start making the wort, read the instructions thoroughly so you have an idea as to what’s about to happen. Keep your ‘Brew A Batch’ book at the ready and follow through the easy to read step-by-step instructions and check in with the pictures provided. Allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy this brewing process.

A handy tip from the book; ’Magic Trick #4 – after enjoying your home brew, rinse your bottle out with water to remove the sediment, making them easier to sanitise for your next brew.’

An easy and informative read for the DIY beer enthusiast.

If you’re interested in starting your own brew, Hop and Grain Brew Store in Marrickville provide great starter kits and a wide array of hops, yeast, malts and other grains to experiment with.

Get ready to pop a frothy of your own in a few weeks time!

Brew a Batch is published by Murdoch Books RRP $39.99.

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