We started reading one, but he is way ahead of me, so I grabbed another one to hold me over. Oh my gosh!!! I LOVE them! I should note that DH LOVES gardening and is currently planning to expand the garden and build a couple greenhouses. It isn't a past-time, bur rather a true love and a sense of purpose for him (this is key to that first book too). He already has a big garden and it was him that wanted chickens (no complaints from me!! I take care of the chickens, since he does the gardening). Since DH is unemployed and his field (civil engineering) won't be picking up anytime in the near future, he wants to focus on expanding our garden. Plus, his best friend is into gardening as much as DH and now has chickens too, so they get to enjoy it together, which is cool! He was so excited about his books he had to show his best friend all the books. The first book is "Plenty: Eating Locally on the 100-mile Diet" by Alisa Smith and J.B. Mackinnon. This book is one he has been wanting since he saw it mentioned on a TV show. We like the idea of trying to eat more foods that are grown or raised locally (of course, we can set our own rules and "miles", but we figure living in California, lots can be grown locally and Farmer's Markets are common). It is very well-written and tells about their experience (and hardships) when they decided to go 100% local immediately. It is not political or anything of that sort, and they state that it is for their own personal reasons. I like that!! Funny too! I got to the end of the second chapter and now I will wait until DH is done since he took it over (it's his present anyway! ). The other book is "The Backyard Homestead: Produce All the Food You Need on Just a Quarter Acre!" by Carleen Madigan. Anyway, this book was recommended to me on the BYC-sister-site SufficientSelf.com. Great book!!! I figured it'd be more of a reference book, but I am finding myself reading it page by page. Some of it, of course, we already know since we have a large garden, but it has many tips and suggestions for expanding out garden. I am so excited to be able to read these with DH. I figured they'd be his and I'd glance at them as needed, but they are VERY well written! The other books I got DH are "How to Build Your Own Greenhouse" by Roger Marshall, "Greenhouse Gardener's Companion" by Shane Smith, and "Independence Days: A Guide to Sustainable Food Storage and Preservation" by Sharon Astyk.