The Hands On Home – Book Review and Giveaway 9


We here at NW Healthy Mama were offered the super cool opportunity from Sasquatch Books to get a first look at The Hands-On Home by Erica Strauss of Northwest Edible Life, which is available for purchase starting today. The book showed up on my doorstep a few weeks ago, which means I’ve had plenty of time to browse the beautiful pictures, fold down page corners, and even make a few recipes.

I wasn’t familiar with Erica’s blog, so I was viewing the book with totally fresh eyes and no idea what to expect. I am always excited to get my hands on books from bloggers because they honestly never cease to amaze me; these are regular people with beautiful passions and super impressive (often self-taught) skills. I quickly saw that Strauss is no different. Her passion for the beauty and simplicity of making a home is authentic and infectious.

quote1As for the recipes, every single one I’ve tried has been a hit, ranging from salad dressing to ricotta cheese to swiss chard gratin.

(Side note: make your own ricotta. Seriously, not only is it absurdly easy and way tastier than store bought, it makes your whole house smell like melty cheese.) 

As someone who is always struggling to eat seasonally in a culture that favors eating all the things no matter the time of year, I love that the content is arranged by season. There are so many things that I can’t wait to try as the days get shorter and chillier (cranberry-pear-walnut conserve, anyone?) from the Winter section.

So, long story short, this book is now my go-to for all things homemaking; I love the creative canning recipes (these aren’t your grandma’s jams, this is canning: the gourmet version) and home care products. I am in love with this book for realz and I’m so excited that we’re giving one away! Woo! 

So definitely enter the giveaway below and cross your fingers that you win! May the odds be ever in your favor. 

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About Johanna Dean

I am a Jesus loving, cookbook reading, picture taking, blogging mama of 2 year old twin girls. I spend most of my time with my fam, exploring the Bellingham, WA area and preserving those memories as best I can.


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9 thoughts on “The Hands On Home – Book Review and Giveaway

  • Tiffany

    This sounds like such a great book! I’m down here in S. Seattle raising my family on our home grown veggies, fresh rabbit meat, and food from scratch, as well. Hands on home is what I’m all about and couldn’t be more intrigued by this book more. I think it sounds wonderful and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy, too!

  • Brooke Melville

    The last homemade thing I made was yogurt – I’ve been loving the mesophilic culture I bought that lets me culture at room temperature!

  • Ingunn

    I love her blog! Such an awesome resource for gardening in this area.

    I made pasta sauce from scratch yesterday – believe it or not, this summer was the first time I’ve ever made it myself….and man, have I been missing out. It’s so amazingly tasty compared to store-bought! I’ve been making it all summer, but now we’re running out of garden tomatoes. I’m considering buying a ton at the farmers market so I can can (heh, “can can”) some sauce for the winter, but I’ve never canned before either!