This book is one of the things I got for Christmas. I seriously doubt I will ever get it all read. It is a thick, BIG book. You can just pick up this book turn to any page and find all sorts of interesting, self sufficient things that you want to try.
Anyway, there are definitely THOUSANDS of useful things in this book to help you be more self sufficient but it isn't a book that you can sit down and just read through; it is more like an encyclopedia.
One thing that I was very surprised to see was that their wasn't an actual section on growing vegetables. It did have a section on planting by the moon and another that told the history of several vegetables but no actual gardening or what soil conditions each vegetables likes. Not that you'll miss it. There are too many other things to read about in this book to keep you busy.