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Country Wisdom & Know-How: A Practical Guide to Living off the Land [Kindle Edition]

Editors of Storey Publishing's Country Wisdom Bulletins
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Book Description

Reminiscent in both spirit and design of the beloved Whole Earth Catalog, Country Wisdom & Know-How is an unprecedented collection of information on nearly 200 individual topics of country and self-sustained living. Compiled from the information in Storey Publishing's landmark series of "Country Wisdom Bulletins," this book is the most thorough and reliable volume of its kind. Organized by general topic including animals, cooking, crafts, gardening, health and well-being, and home, it is further broken down to cover dozens of specifics from "Building Chicken Coops" to "Making Cheese, Butter, and Yogurt" to "Improving Your Soil" to "Restoring Hardwood Floors." Nearly 1,000 black-and-white illustrations and photographs run throughout and fascinating projects and trusted advice crowd every page.

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Storey Publishing, located in North Adams, Massachusetts, is one of the most respected and trusted publishers in the categories of country living, crafts, pets, and animals.

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136 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, very thorough, great reference April 30, 2005
If you could gather up the wisdom of the many generations of farmers, ranchers, outdoorsmen, homesteaders, and mountain-men and put it into a book you would end up with a book like this. While this is not as thorough as the multi-volume sets like the older Foxfire series, it is one of the most complete single-volume works available. The text is small in order to cram all the information into this oversized almost 500 page book but it is still readable and very interesting. The book is divided into the six major sections of animals, cooking, crafts, gardening, health and well-being, and home. Each of these major divisions is subdivided into multiple more detailed sections. For example, the animals section includes information on attracting desirable animals such as humming birds, building bird shelters, feeding birds while preventing squirrels from robbing the feeder, getting rid of problem animals, taking care of your pets, herbal treatments for dog problems, rabbit husbandry, horsemanship, raising chickens and ducks, beekeeping, and butchering. Each section is similarly detailed with the gardening section being particularly large. Country Wisdom and Know-How is an indispensable reference volume for anyone interested in country living and is highly recommended.
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107 of 115 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag September 14, 2009
I originally intended to leave a scathing review, but held off until I was in a better mood. There is a lot of good information in this book - printed in tiny text on very large pages. This is not a problem for my 20/10 vision, but may be an issue for some. I really like the info about cheese and yogurt making. The gardening and animal sections are good solid starting points although leaning a little more towards conventional methods. There are lots of good recipes. (Perhaps a few too many.)

My problem is that in between the good information, there are a lot of perfectly useless topics such as training your cat, feeding birds, stenciling, busy-work crafts, etc. These are not awful subjects to read about, but this text devotes way too much time to such superfluous pursuits. Before you think I'm cold-hearted, consider the fact that there is 3 times as much material about feeding birds than there is on raising chickens. Then consider the title of the book and you tell me...

Great if you are looking for a overview of many subjects to get started with.
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87 of 95 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of Fascinating Information April 14, 2006
This is an odd book for someone to buy that lives in a major metropolitan area. However, if you are interested in how things used to be done, and/or are looking for more control over the products that affect your family this is an interesting read.

1. Nice collection of feline information. From building a cat tree, to giving your cat pills, and teaching your cat tricks.
2. Very detailed information on gardening.
3. How to make homemade candy including salt-water taffy. Who knew?
4. Significant section on Preserving, pickling, canning and distilling.
5. Natural Home Remedies for many common ailments.

1. The print is very, very, very small. Expect to use reading glasses.
2. I would have preferred a hardback, but that wasn't an option.

Overall, a highly recommend for those that are lacking in how to do things that our parents and grandparents took for granted.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is responsible for me moving! March 28, 2008
By Sean
Our copy of Country Wisdom & Know-How is very worn and tattered but still remains the focal point of our coffee table.
I discovered this book at a Barnes & Noble while living in the city. Was attracted to it because of it's paper-bag-like cover. Even though I lived in the middle of a city, in an apartment, I bought it anyway. My wife and I became hooked! Fell in love with the idea of having a hobby farm because of this book and packed up and moved to the country.
Everything you could think of is stuffed into this book, from Beekeeping to butchering chickens to building a compost bin. The book it's self is huge, but the print is very small. The "organic" looking cover doesn't last long. But the material inside is awesome.
Since this book, my wife and I have started a small side business keeping honeybees and selling our honey at farmers markets. We also enjoy making pickles, canning, raising chickens, and watching our daughter grow up in a world much richer than what we had in the city.
Highly recommend this book for any city dweller interested in starting a life in the country. It's a reference you'll never live without!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Toxic advice! April 29, 2011
By Travist
Just bought the book and seems to contain allot of useful information. One thing I did note in the animal section is the part about alternative treats for dogs on page 55. The book advises to feed seedless grapes as a low calorie snack. This is dangerous information in that grapes are toxic to dogs and can cause renal (kidney) failure. It does not happen in all cases and the mechanism of action for the kidney failure is not known at this time. Being a veterinarian and dealing with theses cases in the past, it can be not only a life threatening condition, but also a very expensive one. I have informed the publisher, but it should be public knowledge as well.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book - Text is sooo small December 28, 2004
By ross732
I got this for xmas 04. I have looked at a few subjects and the amount and depth of facts on so many subjects is very impressive. 500 pages and the book is huge. The font/type size is really small which adds to the size of the info but it is really kind of small to read. Its a good thing Im nearsighted..

I read about raising ducks. It was so much info - very interesting and complete.

Recently I bought Readers Digest Back To Basics at a library book sale. It is also really good although maybe not as in depth it is really good and the illustrations are better. I like both books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars buy this
I'm sure it would have been 5 stars if i had bought it on amazon, but since i got it from a store I can only put four because i cant tell how shipping is or the state of the book... Read more
Published 8 days ago by ezra swan
4.0 out of 5 stars What a Great Book
The advice is a little old but still very applicable to the subjects. Has several ideas I never would have thought of, such as roughing the inside front of the birdhouse so the... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Richard A. Bevers
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They birdhouse, bird feeder and bathouse plans make this book worth it and that's only the first section!! I do wish it weren't such an awkward shape. Doesn't fit on the bookshelf. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cadillac of Books
This one never collects any dust on the bookcase. We're at it all the time. If I could only pack one book, for a survival situation, this would be it.
Published 1 month ago by HAC
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
What a great motivational book. Ideas that are inspiring and easy to do. I will recommend this book to all of my friends.
Published 1 month ago by Lora A Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Country Wisdom & Know-How, the big book about living on your own and...
I bought this book a long time ago, put it away for "later". Now it's later and I'm downsizing. This is one of the books I considered offloading but times have turned bad, we may... Read more
Published 1 month ago by hazeleyes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book with pictures!
This is very detailed, for those who are beginners. I have learned a lot. I can't use all the methods yet since I live in an apartment. Read more
Published 2 months ago by KatGrace
5.0 out of 5 stars More information than I thought possible
The book is huge. Tons of information in here. It has very small print though. It also gave the option of getting the kindle version for a small fee, which seemed more than... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hazurd
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I buy these for my kids and friends who are not anal ostriches and know hard times are coming. Good price too
Published 2 months ago by Buddy R. Morton
5.0 out of 5 stars country wisdom
A virtual treasure trove of information. This will be a very valuable resource for projects and how to do basic skills once taken for granted; but now in danger of being lost and... Read more
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