Summary: The bestselling resource for modern homesteading, growing and preserving foods, and raising chickens, The Encyclopedia of Country Living includes how to cultivate a garden, buy land, bake bread, raise farm animals, make sausage, can peaches, milk a goat, grow herbs, churn butter, build a chicken coop, catch a pig, cook on a wood stove, and much, much more. This comprehensive resource is the most authoritative guide available to a sustainable lifestyle and living off of the land.
Carla Emery started writing The Encyclopedia of Country Living in 1969 during the back-to-the-land movement of that time. She continued to add content and refine the information over the years, and the book went from a self-published mimeographed document to a book of 928 pages.
This 40th Anniversary Edition reflects the most up-to-date resource information and the most personal version of the book that became Carla Emery's life work. It is the original manual of basic country skills that have proved essential and necessary for people living in the country, the city, and everywhere in between.
Carla Emery's The Encyclopedia of Country Living contains 1,000,000 words, 2,000+ recipes, and 1,500+ mail-order sources (for everything she tells you how to do, she also tells you where to get the supplies to do it). This book is so basic, so thorough, so reliable, that it deserves a place in every home.
My first time ever putting up a 10 out of 10 acorns.
This book isn't a page-turner. It isn't even one you can really read cover to cover (I know, I tried). Instead, it truly is an Encyclopedia. This thing is packed so densely with information that you may never manage to consume it all. I spent countless days pouring over it, learning new things, reminding myself of others. I was devastated when it became lost somehow in a move a few years ago.
For your dollar, I don't think you are going to find a book full of more useful and all-encompassing information that you will find in this book. Seriously, why doesn't everyone already have a copy of this in their personal library?
9 out of 10 Acorns....
This is an exhaustive reference for the homesteader or small farm owner. Just so many good references and resources listed a guy can't even name them all. Just a quality resource for any of us who like this sort of thing....
Encyclopedic, interesting, fun to return to and read for a while, skipping around. I return to it frequently. I bought the kindle edition from Amazon; maybe the print edition would have more or better quality illustrations. I like informative books that give practical tips about gardening and food preservation, and this book really satisfies.
Works at a residential alternative high school in the Himalayas SECMOL.org . "Back home" is Cape Cod, E Coast USA.
Not only is this an awesome reference with all of her material and knowledge, but I enjoy her personal stories and the tips she includes from other people. This book really does have information on everything. Including how to prepare a groundhog!
Growing up, this was probably THE book that introduced me to the ideas, practices, and principles of sustainable farming (however you define it). While some sections are stronger than others, I feel that more than any other book I've come across, this encyclopedia is capable of teaching a new homesteader how to take care of themselves, their family, and their land. I think this book is truly a gift to the world. And while some sections won't the reader an expert, they're certainly enough to get started and find more information.
When you reach your lowest point, you are open to the greatest change.
I skimmed around some of this book, and I am impressed with how exhaustive it is, along with its formatting and organization! The Encyclopedia of Country Living contains boat loads of information! I especially like the information and organization about foodstuffs, like crops, because the entries include what it is, when to plant it, recipes for serving it, and how to preserve it! And I like all the drawings in the book and the commentary from the author! I like how the book makes tons of references to other books and websites for more information!