Sucking Eggs What Your Wartime Granny Could Teach You

Sucking Eggs What Your Wartime Granny Could Teach You About Diet Thrift Going Green A very interesting read full of insights on how people lived during the war This one is staying in my library It opened my eyes to the British homefront during World War II Some parts are a dryer than others how ever I believe it is uite a gem It also helps explain some of the things that my grandmother does and some of the traditions now passed along to my familyI thinks that if you have any interest in WWII that this should be on your reading list Guides to beat the recession are two a penny at the moment and this offering reads like it was built from the title up which is often a recipe for disaster with or without powdered eggAs other reviews have mentioned; vast swaths of the book are filled with extracts from other works which only goes to remind the reader that there are better written and researched books out there that you could be digesting instead of this mediocre affairThere are glaring mistakes; both grammatical and historical while the writing style meanders from gratingly ingratiating to out and out dullMs Nicol betrays her life as a journalist in all the ways writing puff piece copy for years can abuse writing style It is also worth mentioning that the uotes heaping praise on the front and back cover of the book are mainly from publications she has written for in the past so the integrity of the Murdoch press remains undiminished on this score as with many othersThe whole enterprise comes across as a desperate attempt to become an author without a clue of what to write about or how I get the impression that the author has never had to live frugally in her life and whatever her grandmother could tell her would fall on deaf earsIn conclusion this book is so bad that I found myself half wishing for world war three just so it could be superseded This was a fascinating book Although I've read many books about life on the homefront before there was plenty of new information in this one and the way it was brought to bear on suggestions for modern living was very interesting I fear that most of the suggestions are ones that I'm already implementing though except for cold water only and only washing once a week I'm not sure my husband and colleagues would be very impressed with that It was amazing to read how people especially women went through the worst recession ever during the wartime It's got great tips to improve our sustainability A clever colourful comparative history showing us that when it comes to being green resourceful and eco friendly our grannies can show us the wayRecycling composting buying locally sourced food and vintage clothing checking air miles and carbon footprints our ever growing national obsession with being green healthy and preserving the planet is beginning to affect the way many of us shop travel and eat every day After decades of plenty we are now seeing signs that the good times might not last forever and that change is urgently needed It would seem that never before have we been in this position of having to impose so many personal if not government enforced rules to protect ourselves and the world we live in But if we cast a glance backwards to the 1940s and 50s it is surprising and enlightening to discover that our grandparents and parents forced into austerity by the Second World War and its aftermath were resourceful thrifty and a rather dazzling shade of green In our age of globalisation climate change unprecedented consumption and limited resources the good news is that we do not have to look far back in our own history for a handy lesson in making seismic lifestyle changes Our grannies can show us the way They wasted almost nothing; they recycled; they bought locally; they 'dug for victory' and grew their own vegetables Theirs was not a disposable culture they made do and mended; they salvaged; they were early anti consumerists dressed in Utility clothing They did thrift years before it became a fashion model's fad the second hand shop and the recycling bin were their invention Their heroic self sacrifices and the austerity measures that were put into place made a huge difference to this country's survival perhaps we should think about this as we face the different but arguably just as urgent challenges of this centurySucking Eggs is a colourful comparative history full of insights into the austerity years and the lessons we can learn from them today It's a creative look at two very different generations which show amazing similarities in their approaches to preserving their futures and an ever dwindling supply of resources

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