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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2012
This is the must have reference book for just about any grid-down situation. Guaranteed to contain any topic you can possibly think of relating to living off the land, growing your own food, raising farm animals, canning, making cheese, delivering a baby, the list goes on and on. This book is also one hell of a bargain, at over 900 pages it's the size of a large phone book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2014
I've read a few reviews that remark about the lack of in depth information provided by this book,while I agree this book leaves some large question marks on many topics I also think that as the author herself clearly emphasizes certain things can only be learnt by practice, you can read every book on earth and still find yourself in a muddle when your cow is giving birth or almost dead by bloating!the book covers so many areas of rural living in such a common sense way that you can only applaud her for giving us such an insight into this type of lifestyle in so few pages( almost a thousand!). With so many topics we can hardly pretend school book theory,mr emery acknowledging the world of information available at a simple click of the mouse gave many references for those who wished to discover more on any of her subjects. This book is a personal account- almost a diary of her life experiences and in fact it seems like someone- maybe your old neighbor!- is talking to you while you read it. It's an honest show of the hardships and the joys of life and well worth the read.this is a quality book,a life lesson and fun to read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2012
This book is written in such a manner that if you had to use it to perform the many tasks explained within it, you could get the job done. My Daughter-in-law will put it to the test!
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2013
I got this one on recommendation from a forum on country living.
The PRO would be this has a ton of general info in one book.
The CON is the info is fairly general so not alot of details.

Not upset about it but was kinda hoping to get more detailed info as alot of the stuff in it, we already knew.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2013
A good book about stuff for country living. Yes I would recommend this book to friends.
Anyone interested in the Homestead life should find this book very helpful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2013
I have had my old copy for many years and thought I would get the new one just to be sure I have one in case the old book finally falls apart. You can't go wrong with this book. She covers more than most will ever need to know but it is the best of its kind in my mind.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2013
I simply love this book. It has the wit and wisdom of someone who has lived the life, and we get to share that life over a cup of coffee while kids run in the yard. There is ample resource within the pages of this behemoth work to keep any home gardener, homesteader, prepper, etc., busy for years. As one with a lot of pre-existing practical knowledge in the type of things covered in the book, I can say with some assurance that the way Emery portrayed the various tasks, issues, techniques, and helps that she spent a lifetime writing are based in actual hands-on experience, true-to-life, situations, and are actually workable solutions to most of the issues covered. The updated links and references are helpful in an age where web addresses and other contact information changes rapidly. If there is one complaint, it would be that the text is smallish for bi-focal eyes, but the book is already HUGE and increasing font size would make it a two-volume work! I own this on both Kindle and bound versions and it is now my go-to resource for many of the activities that my wife and I do around our homestead,
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2012
This Country Living Encyclopedia is an indispensable tool for those wanting to return to a more natural, self sufficient lifestyle. In the event of an economic disaster, or weather related disaster this book would also come in handy. It covers most topics one needs in their quest to live an independent, self sustaining lifestyle.

I highly recommend for those living on the edge of the country, on large suburban lots. It helps you do more with less on your less than 5 acres property. If you want a one stop, reference book that answers the majority of questions, or provides enough knowledge to locate the required additional information, this is the book for you.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2012
Despite owning other reference books on the many of aspects of "living with the help of the land" as so many of us are now trying to do in various ways, I keep turning to this book for real answers for the questions I have when I've got problems with [insert your own almost inexhaustible list].

The two things that stand out from this massive compendium distilled from Carla's life's work in managing to live as she did are 1) the enormous scope 2) the essential elements and details.

It is not a history book but increasingly a book for our times:

- Carla had to acquire her knowledge the hard way by word of mouth, sketchy literature, generational wisdom - but most of all by doing it herself and learning from the hard knocks.
- Because she spent twenty years documenting what she did and how she did it, you and I can hold in our hand all her knowledge and all those secrets.

What price knowledge like that since we've passed the age of Peak Books? :-)
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2013
Not what I expected given the description.
Short articles with references to other sites and resources.
The USDA pamphlets are far more helpful.
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