I love having big reference books like this laying around. I spend many enjoyable hours thumbing through them to get ideas. When I have a problem and time is an issue, having research materials like this book save me time by allowing me to go right to the solution.
The Big Book of Self Reliant Living is a collection of older material, much like the Storey guides, but I do find it useful, and am glad it is in my library.
The only thing I have to say about this book is that is is a BIG book of self reliant living. This book crams so much information that it can not go into too much detail in any particular area.
Some people may be turned off by this wide but narrow approach, but frankly that’s my lifestyle – I know a little about a lot, and a lot about a little so I find that this book gives me what I need to get started – plus I have a lot of more specialist types books that can help me dig deeper when this one just doesn’t have the depth on a subject that I need.