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The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 10th Edition Paperback – July 1, 2008
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"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 ninth edition of The Encyclopedia of Country Living"
“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!”
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“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.”
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“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.”
"Packed with old wisdom as well as up-to-date websites and mail-order sources to make country living easier."
“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?’”
“Practical advice, invaluable information, and collected wisdom for folks and farmers in the country, city, and anywhere in between.”
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About the Author
Carla Emery grew up on a sheep ranch in Montana and was educated at Columbia University. In the early 1970s she settled on a farm in northern idaho, where she wrote the first edition of the Encyclopedia of Country Living. Originally produced on a mimeograph machine in her living room, this book launched its author to the forefront of the back-to-the-land movement. She remained a tireless advocate of self-sufficiency and environmental stewardship until her death in 2005.
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This includes sections on canning, planting, raising animals, country crafts, and a lot more. Since my family have been candle makers for over 45 years, I checked that section very closely and found it to be accurate but with dated references and a defunct provider. I also checked the section on raising small livestock like rabbits and chickens since we have years of experience doing that as well and the practical information was top rate.
This makes a good addition to my back to basics bookshelf!
Recommended, with the understanding that not all of the references and web sites are current.
Still, ‘The Encyclopedia of Country Living’ is a useful reference on traditional horticulture, animal husbandry, preserving and preparing food. Plus the author includes an extensive bibliography of books to read for anyone wishing to research a subject in detail. Furthermore, the author adds lots of recipes from anything on making bread to cooking wild game.
I particularly enjoyed the sections on growing quinoa, and raising guineas and quail. I did get a little bogged down in all the recipes that were offered, however, as a resource on raising and preserving food I give this book a thumbs up. For a resource on traditional architecture skills, I guess I will have to look elsewhere.
Just about anything you can think of regarding the "simple life" is noted in this book. She gives TONS of information for outside sources so you can further your knowledge in the vast areas. This books makes a fantastic starting point or reference point to whatever it is you are looking for more information on. Look it up in her book, learn the basics (or sometimes much more than the basics), & then use her references to guide you.
From farm animals, to gardening, to canning, to flowers, to recipes, to you name it! It's here! Even giving birth alone! Outhouses, water issues...on and on it goes!
This truly is a must have! You will find yourself picking it up often. It's like curling up to read the letter of a long distance friend...sort of!