This book has a lot of good information, the charts are very helpful in the food sections as far as recipes and times are concerned. This is a very good overview of the topic and could be used as a reference of sorts. The main problem I have with the book is that almost all of the information contained within it is in other books by the same author. If you have read or own any of the the larger older looking back to basics, guide to homesteading, or simplicity living books you already have this information. This new book is smaller, lighter and has all new pictures and artwork. The older books have a lot of the same info but old pics from like 20 plus years ago.