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The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary Edition [Kindle Edition]

Carla Emery
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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


1 Oddments
2 Introduction to Plants
3 Grasses, Grains & Canes
4 Garden Vegetables
5 Herbs & Flavorings
6 Tree, Vine, Bush & Bramble
7 Food Preservation
8 Introduction to Animals
9 Poultry
10 Goats, Cows & Home Dairying
11 Bee, Rabbit, Sheep & Pig
12 Appendix


From the Trade Paperback edition.


Editorial Reviews

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“For the suburbanite with just enough space for a little garden to the die-hard homesteaders and everyone in between, The Encyclopedia of Country Living makes for both fascinating reading and a truly essential reference source. You won’t find a more complete source of step-by-step information about growing, processing, cooking and preserving every kind of food—from the garden, the orchard, the field or the barnyard!”
Rodale Book Club

"If you're dreaming about moving "back to the land" someday, or if you're already there and want to live more self-sufficiently (wherever you may be) you'll want a copy of ... The Encyclopedia of Country Living."
Organic Gardening

“This book is a monument to the coevolution of a person and an idea. As folk literature. . . this book should be shelved in your collection between the Foxfire books and Alicia Bay Lau­rel’s Living on Earth.”
Whole Earth catalog

 “Urbanites will find the recipes and resources list. . . useful, the trivia interesting. . . and Emery’s personal reflections. . . com­pelling. Even readers with no plans to raise sheep, sell home­made cheese or plant millet will find this a fascinating cultural document.”
Publishers Weekly

"Packed with old wisdom as well as up-to-date websites and mail-order sources to make country living easier."
Country Almanac

“Although mainly a modern individualist’s resource on how to grow and prepare food, this work is much more. As one aston­ished browser acclaimed, ‘Is there anything this book doesn’t tell you how to do?’”
Library Journal

“Practical advice, invaluable information, and collected wis­dom for folks and farmers in the country, city, and anywhere in between.”
Territorial Seed catalog

About the Author

Carla Emery lived on a farm in Idaho for more than thirty years as a wife, mother of seven, home-schooler, goat-keeper, garden-grower, writer, and country-living instructor. She wrote and self-published the first editions of The Encyclopedia of Country Living during the early 1970s and also ran her "School of Country Living." Carla sold nearly 90,000 copies of her self-published editions, traveling the country to promote it and appearing on such shows as The Mike Douglas Show, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The Phil Donahue Show, and Good Morning America, where she demonstrated country-living skills such as goat-milking, bread-making, and butter-churning.

When Sasquatch Books published the 9th Edition of Encyclopedia in 1994, Carla continued to travel the country promoting and selling the book, and teaching the timeless skills of country living. Carla cultivated a large and loyal following across the country. Carla passed away in 2005.

Product Details

  • File Size: 18727 KB
  • Print Length: 930 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009BBZJPU
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books; 40 Anv edition (December 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007WL0JUQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,736 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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76 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Reason This Has Stood The Test of Time November 1, 2012
Format:Paperback
I briefly met Carla Emery years ago. She was a very warm, giving, and likeable person (sadly I later learned she died shortly after I met her), and she was the real deal. She had grown up on a farm, homesteading, and living and learning from her relatives many of the skills she writes about in her book (she admitted some parts of the book were researched--not surprising given this book is truly encyclopedic). But for her the skills she writes about was a way of life.

There's a good reason this book is a classic with multiple editions. It includes more information on country skills than most of us will ever use. It boogles my mind how she put it all together. Back to Basics is another classic in this genre, but that was written by a whole team of writers. This was all Carla.
Reading this is like spending time in a room full of homesteaders and listening to them chat and swap stories. Of course, you probably won't need to know how to give birth to a baby without a doctor around or how to midwife/husband a baby calf into the world in a snow storm, but it's comforting to know you could find out how if necessary, even if the power is out. Most likely you'll need if for things like mending a fence or growing grain. Yep, it's in here. And Carla's likeability comes through in print. This book is a classic.

Other books likely of interest:
>Your Cabin in the Woods, which is a great starter book for anyone thinking about getting their own place in the country, as it is a very helpful combination of both practical and philosophical.
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112 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Encyclopedia of Country Living November 5, 2012
Format:Paperback
In 1998 my husband, our four year old son and I moved from the city to 11.93 acres in the middle of nowhere. We lived for two years without running water or electricity. From my first copy of The Encyclopedia of Country Living I learned how to milk a goat and raise my hogs. I learned how to dress out a large animal and brooder chicks with kerosene lanterns. Not that I read this book a lot or anything, but I literally wore the covers off of the copy that I ordered from Lehman's Non-Electric Hardware Store.

I'm on my second copy now, which my husband had drilled with a three hole punch to give it more staying power. I highly recommend this book to learn the life-style of self-sufficiency. Self-sufficiency is a mind set and a life-style. I highly recommend it.

My son is 18 years old and a freshman in college now. I am an old woman of nearly 55. I wouldn't give up my memories or skills for anything. This is a fantastic reference book, and really, the only one you'll ever need.

One other note: I wrote Ms. Emery about some health problems I was having and she wrote me back! I'll never forget her kindness to a stranger. One of my deepest regrets is I did not get to meet her. As a struggling author here on Amazon I find her achievements amazing. I hope her family reads this and knows how much her writing meant to our family. God bless you, Ms. Emery. I hope you can know how much your postcard meant to me.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If I could have only one book, this would probably be it! December 31, 2012
By TCM
Format:Paperback
I just got the Kindle version of this 40th Anniversary Edition of what I know as Carla Emery's Old Fashioned Recipe Book.

I own one of the first actually bound-book editions (vs. the loose leaf, three-ring binder, subscription editions.) From what I understand, Carla numbered that one, the first completed, professionally printed, and bound edition, the second edition. I bought it in the late 70's... probably 1977, would be my guess and I carried it all over the world with me for all these years, unbelievably it's still bound like new and every page is in place! Granted, I treasured it and was careful of it, but that's still a testament to its hardiness and my care over the years.

I also own an Encyclopedia of Country Living version from a couple of years ago.

And now this Kindle, 40th Anniversary Edition.

Money well spent; all of it. This book, all editions, is an entire University of Self-Sufficiency in one fat volume (928 pages) all for only, ONLY, $14.99! This book represents the work and learning of an entire lifetime well-spent, if curtailed too early. We are all poorer for the loss of Carla back in 2005. I miss her, there's a Carla shaped hole in my Universe; and I never even got to meet her.

I read my first copy, front to back, several times and referred back to it over and over, over the last many decades. I skimmed the more recent Encyclopedia version once, maybe twice--I can still get sucked in when consulting for one particular piece of information... and surface hours later. Tonight, I decided to read this new Anniversary Edition again, front to back. I want to see what's new. I know there's updated information, in particular source information, and that should be interesting.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still an Excellent Must Have November 7, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought the 40th anniversary of this book, after using my library's copy of an older version of this book, for many years. The 40th anniversary edition basically has updated web links and updated addresses. In this day and age of change, I suggest having the updated version. Its huge and has more info than you will probably ever need but its enjoyable reading excerpts on how to deliver a baby to how to care for your own dead relatives.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great book. i hope to try some of the ...
wow! great book. i hope to try some of the gardening things in it
Published 9 days ago by joe
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful resource for living without a grocery store nearby
I grew up with a hard copy of this book in the house, and my mother relied on it. Emery wrote the first edition from a decade of experience, and later editions show she's added... Read more
Published 10 days ago by realmjit
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lots of good information. Well written.
Published 16 days ago by Donny
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for new or established homesteaders!
I'm new to the idea of living off the land. I still do not have a place to implement that idea, but this book has given me lots of ideas and helped me learn what I can look forward... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A "go to" book for back to basics kind of living.
I love it. A lot if things I already know or didn't need (i.e. buying land) but what a treasure of info all in one spot!
Published 17 days ago by Tracie Kinley
4.0 out of 5 stars 1st book purchase
It has everything and more but buying after purchasing other so called self sustaining books just buy this one first and save yourself alot of money.
Published 17 days ago by cole wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Man and Woman Should Have One
This is one heck of a manual. There is all sorts of useful information in there. A great gift for anyone that's pretty handy and likes to do for themselves. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Munch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Seems very thorough and I like how reads, almost like a conversation.
Published 1 month ago by Peter Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars so much information
If I could only have one resource for this type of stuff this would be my first choice, it covers almost anything you could imagine
Published 1 month ago by Ted B
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it !!!!
Published 1 month ago by Brian Rhodes
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Carla Emery lived on a farm in Idaho for more than thirty years as a wife, mother of seven, home-schooler, goat-keeper, garden-grower, writer, and country-living instructor. She wrote and self-published the first editions of The Encyclopedia of Country Living during the early 1970s and also ran her "School of Country Living." Carla sold nearly 90,000 copies of her self-published editions, traveling the country to promote it and appearing on such shows as The Mike Douglas Show, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The Phil Donahue Show, and Good Morning America, where she demonstrated country-living skills such as goat-milking, bread-making, and butter-churning. When Sasquatch Books published the 9th Edition of Encyclopedia in 1994, Carla continued to travel the country promoting and selling the book, and teaching the timeless skills of country living. Carla cultivated a large and loyal following across the country. Carla passed away in 2005.

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