Sucking Eggs: What Your Wartime Granny Could Teach You

Sucking Eggs: What Your Wartime Granny Could Teach You 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 s and s 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

10 thoughts on “Sucking Eggs: What Your Wartime Granny Could Teach You About Diet, Thrift & Going Green

  1. ^ ^ says:

    Amorphous concepts ofgoing greenbother me By contrast, this book opens the eyes of its readers, male or female, or any combination thereof, to lots of very practical and simple conscious personal actions, which adopted and taken, will satisfyingly save significant money, time, and resources That then frees up income to be spent on

  2. Rachel Green Rachel Green says:

    A very interesting read full of insights on how people lived during the war.

  3. Jamie Makin Jamie Makin says:

    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 egg.As 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 a

  4. Jo Jo says:

    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

  5. Margaret Margaret says:

    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 quite a gem It also helps explain some of the things that my grandmother does and some of the traditions now passed along to my family.I thinks that if you have any interest in WW

  6. Monika Radclyffe Monika Radclyffe says:

    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.

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