I picked this book solely on the cover. While this isn't a recommended practice for picking books let's be honest we all do it. Based on the cover the book discusses growing veggies, keeping chickens, composting, baking bread, saving energy and shopping locally. I was interested to see what they would say on these topics. What I found is that this is a great book to expose people to beginning many of these practices. I would not recommend this as a reference guide but as a book to get anyone started or excited to living more organically. I did enjoy the extensive colorful pictures that are often lacking in some great reference books.