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The Original Classic of Self-Sufficiency
William Cobbett wrote Cottage Economy, published in 1821, with a twofold aim. First, to promote his personal philosophy of self-sufficiency, which he viewed as the foundation of family happiness. And second, to "instruct country laborers in the arts of brewing beer, making bread, keeping cows, pigs, bees, ewes, poultry, rabbits, and other matters." The book has enjoyed classic status ever since.
Though over 180 years old, Cottage Economy has lost none of its relevance or inspiration for anyone in search of what Cobbett called "a good living." Written with Cobbett's typical wit--and bulldog curmudgeonliness--it deserves its reputation as the founding bible of self-sufficiency and one of the greatest rural reads in the English language.
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Whether it concerns brewing beer, making bread, or keeping cows, pigs, poultry or bees, William Cobbett's classic work, originally published in 1821, is still an inspiring guide for anyone seeking to become self-sufficient. This 1833 edition also includes Cobbett's ""The Poor Man's Friend: A Defence of the Rights of Those Who Do the Work, and Fight the Battles.""Book Description:
Throughout the course of his life, Cobbett (1763-1835) was constantly concerned with improving the living conditions of the labouring classes. Performing timelessly as the quintessential guide to self-sufficiency, Cottage Economy (1821) provided practical instructions to teach labourers the arts of keeping livestock, making bread, and brewing beer.
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