Scenes from a Smallholding by Chas Griffiths is without a doubt the funniest book about self-sufficiency ever written. Along with its sequel, More Scenes from a Smallholding, it made me laugh out loud every few pages. It also made me cry (at a beautifully-written scene when a baby calf is born, with some difficulty). And it taught me a lot I hadn't known before, about the relationship between farmers and supermarkets, about soil erosion, and about exactly what's involved in living off the land. I saw another review of the book which said "I was sorry when I finished it because I didn't want it to end". That's just how I felt.
Even if you're not interested in the subject matter (and you probably are because you're reading this blog) I reckon you'll enjoy this book. It's just so well written and so funny that you'll recommend it to everyone you meet.