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Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits by Andrew Schloss – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the book, Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits by Andrew Schloss.  This is the best book I have found for beginning your journey into the alchemy of making your own liqueurs.

What I like about this book is it is both a book of recipes and a book of how to with a good introduction into the how what and why of making your own liqueurs.

If you can think of the high end 30 dollar a bottle and up fancy smancy liqueur this book will show you how to make a reasonable approximation of it for 10-25% of the cost.  It will also give you confidence by following known recipes and I find many people need this to then spring board off into their own concoctions.

To be totally up front I do have one major criticism of this book, it does have some true “filler”.  With some exceptions the majority of the recipes call for the same procedure.  There are in fact about a total of 2 procedures that make up 90% of the recipes.  These could have been called say

  • The muddle with sugar and alcohol method and
  • The muddle with alcohol and add sugar at the end method

Instead every recipe basically repeats the same methods over and over, and I would bet this was clearly to fill out to the book to satisfy the publisher.  With that one change this book would likely drop from 272 pages to say about 150-170.  Still plenty of information but hey, people like thick books for some reason I guess and as I always say, “the market is gonna market”.

That said there is nothing wrong with this book.  It gives you concise information and teaches you how to make various simple syrups as well, this way you can make brown syrups, caramelized syrups and cream syrups and really make anything you could ever find at a bottle shop liqueur wise.

I am talking Chambord, Gran Marnier, Kaulua, Poire William, you name it.  This stuff is great fun and a real passion of mine, so much so that today’s show will be all about this subject.

The best part is while you could make much of this stuff with “fuel that accidentally spills into your mouth”, and you just might, but it can all be made perfectly legally with spirits bought in the store, you enhance the value and pocket the difference.  While some of this calls for things like rum or brandy, most of it can be made with simple vodka, and if you tune into episode 1923, I am even going to tell you how to turn things like vodka into rum.

Finally all the equipment you likely already have in your kitchen, you may need a few extra jars and bottles but as to the making, any decent kitchen will already have everything you will need to get started right away.  So check out, Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits by Andrew Schloss today and start turning 7 dollar bottles of vodka into top end 30 dollar bottles of liqueur.

Remember you can always find all of our reviews at TspAz.com

P.S. – Because it was so stupid cheap I purchased the Kindle edition of this book to evaluate it.  I tend to loathe hard copies of most books at this point in my life but like most “cook books” I have to say the hard copy would be better.  So much so that I just ordered it even though I have it in Kindle.  Either will work fine but I think most people will be happier with hard copy on this one.  This is the type of book that lives with other cook books in your kitchen.



The One Percent Effect – Sell Your Home Fast – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the book “The One Percent Effect – Sell Your Home, Fast, At Asking.  Any Market.” by Dustin Dreifuerst and Jack Spirko.  And yea that is me, this Jack Spirko.

I was approached by Dustin over a year ago about this project and we hashed out a way to get it done.  This book is about selling your house and doing so at a profit and quickly no matter what is going on in the world.

I am not a real estate agent, so you may wonder what makes me qualified to co author a book like this.  Simply my record, here are the houses we have owned, what we paid for them, the date we sold them and how much we sold them for.

  • Purchased 1999 3 Bed,  2 Bath in Mansfield Texas – Purchase Price 87,250.  Sold in 2001.  Selling price 109,900.  Time on market 9 days.  Offer was for full asking price.
  • Purchased 2001, 3 Bed, 2 Bath in Northampton Pennsylvania.  Purchase Price, 137,500.  Sold in 2004 for 199,900, time on market 2 days.  Sold at full price and seller waived inspection to prevent additional offers.
  • Purchased 2004, 4 bed, two and a half bath in Mansfield, Texas – Purchase Price 119,900.  Sold in 2011 for 149,900, full price offer with property on market for 7 days.
  • Purchased 2006 as a BOL.  3 Bed, 2 Bath mobile home on five acres in Hot Springs, Arkansas for 69,900.  Sold in 2013, asking price 89,500.  Sold at full price, time on market 13 days.

A few things to keep in mind, the fist house was bought in the dot com run up and sold in the aftermath of the dot come bubble bursting!  The third house was sold before the real estate recovery, when lending was still very tight and my own listeners were asking me, “how do you expect to sell your house in the current market.  The house sold in 2013 was a mobile home we sold for almost 20,000 than we paid for it.  Real estate agents didn’t even want to try to sell a mobile home in that market.

So what is the secret?  It is, The One Percent Effect.  In the end all buyers are settlers, that is the key.  Every single buyer no matter if they are buying a 150,000 dollar starter home or a multi million dollar estate is a settler.

What I mean by this is they have a budget, then they have what they want.  Inventively their wants exceed their budgets, this is a constant, again being a wealthy buyer won’t change this short of the celebrities buying place for say 25 million and up.

So what people do is set a budget, set an area to search for homes in and look at anything and everything that seems like it might work for them in those parameters.

Not a single home will be perfect, even if the emotional couple convinces themselves that it is, in the end they always settle for what they can afford in the area they wish to live.  And most buyers define a quite small area to look in.  So what you do is simply make your home 1% better than anything else on the market.

Is it really that simple?

In a word, yes it is.  The key though is the execution of that objective.  In other words how do you determine exactly how to do that?  What do you give priority to?  How do you form a concise plan to stand out as 1% better than anything else in your neighborhood and price range?

Well, I developed a system to do that and as you know from my track record it works.  I take real estate seriously, there is to much on the line not to.  A house can go from your biggest asset to your largest liability in one quarterly down turn of the economy.  Yet there are always people who want to buy a home that can get funding, always.  The key is making them pick your home even in tough markets.

What about during a boom you say?  Now it is even more important to know the way to get that 1% effect, sure houses sell fast for most people but right now we have the biggest boom in our market in the last 25 years and there are still good homes on the market for over 120-180 days.  Why?  Little things that stubborn sellers won’t fix, so not only don’t they have the 1% effect, they have what I call the “Dreaded 10% Effect”, in that their houses are at least 10% worse then the average home for sale.

These are actually great homes to buy, they are homes I always look for, but buyers like me are few and far between.  In this book Dustin took my system and developed it into a step by step guide that anyone can follow and succeed with.

The cost?  Oh this is the best part, if you just want to buy it for Kindle it is 9.99.  Consider that your real estate agent will get 3-6% of the sale price of your home and most agents don’t have a clue about the things in this book.  Honestly if we sold it for 99.99 with a money back guarantee to anyone that used the techniques and didn’t sell at the top of the market for their level of home, we would never give a refund, I am confident of that.

But it gets even better!  If you have Kindle Unlimited, the cost to you is nothing, nadda, zip, zero.  So do yourself a favor and get a copy of this book, it will make your a more savvy person in the world of real estate.  If you simply work the formula in reverse it will also make you a more astute buyer of real estate as well.  So check out “The One Percent Effect – Sell Your Home, Fast, At Asking.  Any Market.” by Dustin Dreifuerst and Jack Spirko today.

Remember you can always find all of our reviews at TspAz.com

P.S. – If you buy this book or get it on Kindle Unlimited please do Dustin and I a favor and leave a review of this book.  Our hope is to get it well known beyond the TSP community and your review is a great way to help make that happen.  So please leave us a review.


Death in a Lonely Land – By Peter Capstick – Item of the Day

deathEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the book Death in a Lonely Land, by Peter Hathaway Capstick.  Most of Capstick’s books are now in limited printing or simply being sold on what is left in stock.  So the hard covers are all over 20 dollars.  Some of the first editions I own are now worth over a hundred dollars.  But fortunately almost all of them are now on kindle and can be had at more affordable prices.

This one, Death in a Lonely Land is one of his best as it is a collection of shorter stories from Africa and across the globe.  Hair raising dangerous game stories of a time since passed.  Capstick’s work took up where famed writer Robert Ruark’s ended.

He was an amazing guy, with a really amazing life.  After a short career as a Wall Street stockbroker, Capstick headed to Latin America, where he traveled widely while hunting and fishing.

A few years later he returned to New York, where he founded a business arranging professionally guided hunting trips. Shortly thereafter, he took a position as hunting and fishing director of Winchester Adventures. In that capacity he made his first trip to Africa in 1968.  Subsequently, he worked as a professional hunter and game ranger in Zambia, Botswana, and Rhodesia.

He became a successful author in the 70s, wrote many books and was a featured writer for many magazines including Guns and Ammo and Sports Afield.  His books make you feel as though you are there, tracking the leopard or dodging the angry buffalo.

Sadly in 1996 at only 56 years of age he died of heart complications.  His work though lives on in his writing.  Also fans of this podcast owe Death in a Lonely Land a special little debt.  You see one of the last little stories in this book is about biltong.  Capstick describes his craving for the stuff while living in his semi retirement in Florida.

He discovers that he can simply hang red meat, dredged in apple cider vinegar and coated with salt, pepper and coriander in his home and in 7-14 days have wonderful biltong.  No stupid “biltong box” or dehydrator required.  In most instances just hang it, if it is abnormally humid just point a fan at it.   Sound familiar.

Yes Capstick didn’t just make me love hunting even more, he didn’t just let me travel to hunt Lions, Leopards and Jaguars with him, he also taught me about biltong, a debt I can never repay.  I will warn you though if you pick up Death in a Lonely Land you man find yourself like me, with every book the man wrote in your library or in your electronic collection.

Remember you can always find all of our reviews at TspAz.com


The Herbal Medicine Makers Handbook by James Green – Item of the Day


Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the book, The Herbal Medicine Makers Handbook, A Home Manual by James Green.  If I had to rely on only one book on medicinal herbs and their use it would be this book.

This book is hard to describe in a way as it is almost a dichotomy in itself.  On one hand it is extremely easy to read and highly approachable.  The author starts out with a true project/lesson.  Making a dandelion tincture.  The author does this for a variety of reasons.  First, almost anyone can find dandelion to harvest locally.  Second, the herb is inherently safe to use.  Third, the herb is easy to identify and no dangerous plant even looks remotely like a dandelion.  Fourth, by getting you started with a project out of the gate you gain confidence as you proceed with the book.

This book is written by a guy that uses both humor and humility and never tries to sound smart, he just ends up sounding really smart, because well, he is.  This is not a guy that decided one day that “oh I should gather up some information and write a book about herbs”, rather a man that lives this way who decided to canonize his knowledge into an incredible book.  Yet it is kept incredibly simple with the majority of it based on a core of 30 common herbs.

Then there is the other side.  While easy to read and approachable, this is really like a full course text book on herbal medicines.  Want to know how to make your own simple still from what you likely already have in your home to make a hydrosol?  Well first would you like to know what a hydrosol is and how to use it?  You will learn both in this book.  How about making and using glycerite and 20 herbs that work well in that form?  Yep you will learn that too.  Take the time and work though this book, all 384 pages of it, make at least 2-3 products of every form given and it is like taking a self directed course in herbalism.

One thing to be aware of for some.  The author sort of crosses into the world of shamanism/paganism at times, sayig things like,

“Now that you have properly identified and graciously harvested this plant, offer gratitude one again for its life.  Consider leaving an offering, like a strand of your hair, a prayer, a song, a story, whatever; plant spirits are known to be deeply touched by simple gestures of appreciation.”

While this may be a bit off putting for some, I’d like to point out two things here.  First that showing gratitude is good for our spirits, no matter how you define spirit.  Whether a religious prayer before a meal or simply a thought of I am grateful for this food from a secular perspective, either one builds good character and self reflection.

Second I remember a documentary on Amazon peoples where the tribe decided they needed a new canoe.  A tree was selected and one man selected to fell the tree.  The man said a prayer and spoke to the tree, he apologized for needing to take its life.  He explained that his people would honor the tree’s sacrifice, that the canoe and other parts would serve his people for several generations.  That they would plant a tree from this trees own seed in its place and make sure it was protected so it could grow into a strong tree.

That had to be 25 years ago and I have yet to forget that moment and the words that man said to a tree.  Call such a man a primitive if you want but how much more forest would exist if all trees cut for our needs were cut with such reverence.  Also think about this, that man was about to spend a full day of manual labor to cut that huge tree down.  No chain saws in his tribe and yet he met the task with humility.

So yea there is some woo woo in this book but nothing over the top in my view.  What you get is quality instruction, a true course in home herbal medicine making and concise information to make this practice safe and effective.  Again, if I could only have one book on herbal medicine it would be The Herbal Medicine Makers Handbook, by James Green.

Remember you can always find all of our reviews at TspAz.com

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Item of the day is the book, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.  I am not a big bread guy but I know many of you guys are.  So when I saw this book pop up in a sales report it caught my eye.

I bought a copy on kindle to review the methods and thought processes that go into it and I was very impressed.   Since then I have talked to several members of this audience that use this method to make bread many times each week, all are thrilled with it and the results they get.

Personally I try to keep my carbohydrate intake very low, it just doesn’t work for me to have a carb based diet, it causes me to rapidly gain weight and have health issues.  However, many of you do not have this issue and eat bread often.

My advice to such people, use organic flour and make your own bread.  Yet I think of my grandmother baking bread and how it was an all day affair sometimes when it was being done for extended family for special things like Easter it was an all weekend affair and think, how can a person really do this if they have a modern life.

This book is how, you make up the dough per the methods described here say on Sunday, it lives in a bowl in  your fridge and you take enough out at a time to make bread for say Monday, you do this again Tuesday and so on.  It does require a bit of specialized technique and some gear outlined in the book but once you get your system in place, it really is about 5 minutes of work per day to make a fresh loaf every day if you want.

Further organic flour is not that expensive so you can eat far higher quality for very little money this way.  So if you and/or your family like to literally “break bread” often check out, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day today.

Remember you can always find all of our reviews at TspAz.com

Fermented Vegetables by Christopher and Kristen Shockey – Item of the Day


Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the book Fermented Vegetables, Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes by Christopher and Kristen Shockey.  Wow long sub title right, heck longer that my tag line!

I decided to build on my post yesterday about the German Style Fermentation Crock with a book on how to make a lot of fermented items.  This one is indeed my favorite.  I don’t just love the recipes and the how to in this book either, I love the creativity that the authors used to start a business.

The book opens with that story, of how they started building a customer base and reaching out to local growers.  Then calls come in like “we have a ton of garlic scapes, can you do something with those”, and with some creativity the answer became yes more often than no.

In fact in one year they made 52 different recipes and their customers were treated weekly to something new.   While this book doesn’t teach you how to start such a business, it may inspire you to do so.

There are a ton of recipes too, here are some of my favorite in this book,

  • Garlic Scape Paste
  • Fermented Horseradish (you’ll not touch that white cream crap again)
  • Basil Paste
  • Cherry Bombs (made with cherry tomatoes)
  • Celery Mint Salad
  • Fresh Fennel Kraut
  • Tomatillo Salsa

This is a great book for your own use or as a gift to any fermentation enthusiast.  It gets very high marks with 4.5 stars with over 300 reviews at the time of this writing and many of the 4-5 star reviews are verified purchases.

The hard copy of the book is about 16 bucks and kindle users can get the electronic version for only $2.51.  I personally opted for the kindle version but if you are the type that likes “cook books” you will want to go hard copy all the way.

I have to say a huge part of recovering my health has been fermented vegetables and yogurt cheeses.    This stuff is simple to make and the variations are endless, so whether you get this book or not, seriously consider getting started making your own foods.  Sure there are great crocks like the one I discussed yesterday, and great books like this one on Fermented Vegetables, but there is plenty of info online and you can get started with a few ball jars and some air locks and small stoppers.

But for those of you that want to really enjoy the experience whether beginner or old pro I can’t recommend Fermented Vegetables, Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes by Christopher and Kristen Shockey highly enough.

Remember you can always find all of our reviews at TspAz.com

P.S. – One of the really great things about this book is how it teaches you how to avoid problems and failed fermentations.  If you have ever had a failure or something just come out “not right”, this book is worth the price for that alone.




Ersatz in the Confederacy – When the Shit Really Hit the Fan

ersatzEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Ersatz in the Confederacy: Shortages and Substitutes on the Southern Home Front by Mary Elizabeth Massey.  I thought this would be a good time to feature this book as we just wrapped up The Civil War in the history segment.

So what is an ersatz, it is an item made or used as a substitute, typically an inferior one, for something else.  In other words when you don’t have coffee you use roasted chicory root for instance.  But if you read this book you will see it was much deeper and traumatic than that for those that lived though this time.

We toss around the term, “shit hit the fan” a lot in the prepper space.  Consider though that from the day this nation was founded until today, there has never been a time in America where the shit hit the fan as hard as it did for the south in the war between the states.   Great depression you say?  Hold on and read this book.

The northern strategy to win the war quickly went from a full on military over run (which didn’t work) to a strangle hold approach.  The north had a naval advantage and control of rail and greater ability to communicate with things like the new telegraph system.

Even in the parts of the south were a musket ball never flew in anger, suffering was great.  As one reviewer of this book put it,

“During the WW2, men and women on the home-front were encouraged to “Use it up,wear it out, make do, or do without.” After reading this book, however, the men and women of the Southern home-front did that and more.

From 1941 to 1945, butchers may have been asked for a free soup bone for the dog, but as the Civil war dragged on, it wasn’t unusual for a Confederate butcher to hang dressed rat in the window…when one was available.”

Talk about hard times!  And this book doesn’t just tell you what they went through, it tells you what they did to get through it.  If you are worried about stability and long term security of our society.  And if you feel that true hardship may again fall our people, this book is required reading.

Additionally if you just have an interest in real history beyond dates and facts you should read this book.  It tells the real story of the suffering of civilians in time of war.  Our nation has largely been insulated from the direct effect of war since the end of The Civil War in 1865.  Hence the American people have a highly disconcerting tolerance for war.  Perhaps a reminder of what it is like for those not carrying powder and shot may alleviate that a bit?

Additionally as preppers we should be keen on knowing how people actually survived a true multi year crisis that included a hot war zone in their back yard, advancing and resource taking enemy troops and shortages of anything and everything necessary for survival and comfort.  If this sounds like something you would like to know more about check out Ersatz in the Confederacy: Shortages and Substitutes on the Southern Home Front today.

Remember you can always find all of our reviews at TspAz.com

P.S. – This book was first published in the 50s and reintroduced in the early 90s.  I guess that is why no kindle version exists.  I have linked to the soft cover, but if you prefer a hard cover version, they have that option as well.

“A Night at Ray’s” – by Doc Hanson- Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the book, “A Night at Ray’s” – by Doc Hanson.  So who is Doc Hanson?  Well, there are two ways to answer that question, here is the first way I answer it.  Doc Hanson is actually Dennis my neighbor to the rear of my property, and one of the coolest guys I know.

Doc is a name earned though a life in medical care but it began in the 60 when he volunteered to join the US Navy during the Vietnam War and became a corpsman and served two consecutive tours of duty as a corpsman with Marine Recon in country.

This later led to an amazing career.   Retiring after forty years’ experience in health care Doc Hanson held both administrative and clinical positions. As a Registered Nurse, Registered Respiratory Therapist and a Certified Critical Care Nurse he held responsibilities in acute care hospitals as a Clinical Department Head, Director of Nurses, Assistant Administrator of Clinical Operations and as Hospital Administrator and CEO. He was Senior Partner in a medical consulting firm and has owned, directed and operated several Home Health and Hospice agencies.

While holding the position of Associate Professor at Texas Wesleyan University, he was Author and Contributing Author of two medical text books published by Prentice-Hall. He published his first adventure novel, Captain Bloody Bill Walker and the Letter of Marque in 2013 and is working on the sequel, Pirates Odyssey.

Growing up along the Gulf Coast Doc has spent a lifetime sailing the Islands of the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. His firsthand knowledge brings a dazzling style of descriptive details that embellish his stories with colorful realism.

He lives on a small ranch in North Texas where he pursues his passion for history, ships and writing.  In other words Dennis is a hell of a guy to have as a neighbor.

His latest book is really cool as well!  “Ray’s” is a bar where tales from a retired USN Masterchief take you on a some what conspiratorial journey to examine questions like…

  • Who financed the Nazi Party and Hitler’s rise to power?
  • Could President Truman have prevented the Vietnam War?
  • Did Nazi war criminals escape to Indochina at the end of WWII?
  • Was Ho Chi Minh recruited by Wild Bill Donavan’s OSS?
  • Why did the United States provide funding to Charles de Gaulle for the French Indochina War?
  • Did President Eisenhower setup de Gaulle for failure at Dien Bien Phu?

In the summary Doc puts it this way,

“There’s history, and then there is ‘History’. A Night at Ray’s is the latter. “

Personally I get the feeling there is a bit more truth in this “work of fiction” than many would feel comfortable with.  Anyway this is a book with the major two qualities I like, easy to read but hard to put down.  So check out A Night at Ray’s by Doc Hanson today, I think you will find it as fun and exciting to read as I did.

Remember you can always find all of our reviews at TspAz.com


Thomas Jefferson’s Garden Book – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Item of the day Thomas Jefferson’s Garden Book.  When I first heard that this book existed I had to have a copy, I ordered it without even reading any reviews of it, or worrying what exactly was in it.  That says something given the price of this book is about 50 dollars.

The reason is simple, Jefferson is one of my biggest heroes.  He was not a perfect man, we know his faults but we know his genius as well.  He sat with other founders like Ben Franklin and penned our Declaration of Independence, he served in our the Continental Congress and was our second president.

We know him as an author, a leader, a politician and a diplomat, he was all those thing but in his heart what he most wanted to do was to cultivate the soil.  In his own words he said as much when he said this….

I have often thought if heaven had given me my choice of my position and calling, it should have been on a rich spot of earth, well watered and near a good market for the productions of a garden.

No occupation is as delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of a garden.  Such a variety of subjects, someone always coming to perfection, the failure of one thing repaired by the success of another, and instead of one harvest a continued one though the year.

Under a total want of demand except for our family table, I am still devoted to the garden.  But though an old man, I am but a young gardener.

His Garden Book, more accurately this modern version with commentary and hundreds of letters from Jefferson to family, friends and business partners included is amazing.  It is a look into the world of early America.  It includes requests for seeds and plants both from Jefferson and from his friends back to himself.  You also get  some pretty amazing quotes on what this founder of our nation really thought such as this…

I know nothing so charming as our own country.  The learned say it is a new creation; and I believe them; not for their reasons, but because it is made on and improved plan.

Europe is a first idea, a crude production, before the maker knew his trade, or had made up his mind as to what he wanted.

This book is full of such wisdom and poetry and also simple letters, notations, planting schedules, landscape designs, sketches and more.  Fans of permaculture will see a lot of new ideas are really simply discovering old ones such as Jefferson’s work to introduce contour plowing to our nation, a practice which then spread rapidly.  You also see how much he valued plant diversity and utility for instance here is another quote…

The greatest service to any country is to add a useful plant to its culture.

Oh by the way, all of the above quotes are just in the introduction of this book!

Reading it is like a 700 page treasure hunt where you find something akin to gold on ever other page.  A plant variety to research, made much easier by the editors notes and use of Latin names for many of them.  You also realize something about Jefferson, the man like peas!  I am talking every years entry starts out with something like, “Sowed a bed of peas, first soaked to better germinate“.  He was also fond of lettuce feeling if every family would simply sow a single thimble full of lettuce seed every Monday from February to September our nation would always be well fed.

This book is fantastic, if you love gardening you will love it, if you love history you will love it, if you love the concept of liberty you will love it.  Now if you love all three, then like me you won’t just love this book you will consider it a heirloom in your library.  My copy is full of underlines and side notes.  Some day when my grandchildren read it, they won’t see a perfectly preserved antique, I hope it will as tattered with my own thoughts and interests, frayed and yellowed a bit.  And my hope will be that they too will see that indeed these ideas are timeless that liberty and freedom can exist only when men and women care enough to feed both their stomachs and souls though the tending of plants.

A few times a week I open this book and read a few pages, it is like walking with Jefferson, in Monticello and learning something new everyday.  Some days I read from my last bookmarked spot, others I just randomly open it to a page and it is always awesome.  So consider adding a copy of Thomas Jefferson’s Garden Book.  It will also make a treasured gift for anyone who loves history, freedom or gardening.

Remember you can always find all of our reviews at TspAz.com


Perennial Vegetables by Eric Toensmeier – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the book Perennial Vegetables by Eric Toensmeier.  Eric is the author of other books such as Paradise Lot and Edible Forest Gardens (which he co wrote with Dave Jackie).  This book though is the most practical for the average homesteader that just wants to grow food without replanting every year.

In this book you will learn about over 100 perennial veggies and what it takes to grow them.  Eric covers more than just a list of plants.  He goes into some plants that are ideal for aquatic systems and others that you can grow in green houses along many that can be grown in most of the United States out doors.

I feel there is a great deal of work to be done with breeding and developing more perennial vegetables but Eric’s book is the most concise guide to where were are right now I know of, that is why I have it on my book shelf.

On that, on this book I highly recommend going for the hard copy over the kindle version.  There are a lot of photos, charts and other visual components that simply work better in hard copy.  Along with the fact that the kindle edition flatly has some editing and lay out problems.

So if you want to up your game with perennial veggies check out Perennial Vegetables by Eric Toensmeier today.

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