The Encyclopedia of Country Living—10TH EDITION is an essential resource for modern homesteading, raising chickens, and growing and preserving foods, The Encyclopedia of Country Living covers 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 leading a sustainable lifestyle and living off of the land.
Each of the 11 chapters are divided into 125 sections which cover over 500 different country-living related topics! It also contains over 2,000 recipes, plus over 1,500 mail-order sources of information. The first edition was written in 1971, and has been constantly updated and added to ever since.
My absolute favorite part of The Encyclopedia of Country Living, is the fact that Mrs. Emery has woven her own “voice” and stories throughout the pages of this book. When I read this book, I feel like I’m visiting with an old friend over tea, rather than sitting in a lecture hall somewhere. Even if you don’t have a practical reason to read certain chapters, you’ll find yourself reading them anyway, since the writing is so engaging.
Carla Emery started writing The Encyclopedia of Country Living in 1969, during the back-to-the-land movement. 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 is the most personal version of the book that became Carla Emery’s lifework. It remains 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.
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