COOKING & FOOD

Simply Living Well: A Guide to Creating a Natural, Low-Waste Home

Houghton Harcourt. Apr. 2020. 288p. ISBN 9780358202189. $24. HOME ECON
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The zero-waste ethos—reduce, recycle, and reuse—has been popular for decades; refuse has become more familiar as consumers are encouraged to buy less, with composting now a staple of green living. Popular Instagrammer Watkins (cofounder of Lookfar Conservation) presents a back-to-basics introduction to practices that have been lost over generations and are enjoying renewed interest. The breadth of coverage includes food, cleaning, beauty and wellness, and gardening, with each chapter offering an overview, a list of products or ingredients, and recipes or techniques for all levels of interest and ability. Ingredient lists and recipes range from simple and straightforward (fresh lemon and ginger to make tea) to those more difficult to obtain (pure essential oils and nonedible dried herbs).
VERDICT Readers new to the book’s concepts will appreciate the detailed shopping and resource lists, as well as the variety of practices they can try integrating into their own homes. All will appreciate the research and the explanations that inform without overwhelming.

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