The Encyclopedia of Country Living: An Old Fashioned Recipe Book

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Sasquatch Books, 2003 - Gardening - 885 pages
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Initially self-published 20 years ago, The Encyclopedia of Country Living has become the trusted guidebook to sustainable, self-sufficient living. Filled with memorable anecdotes, crucial advice, and a generous helping of good humor, this compendium provides detailed information about food production — growing, processing, cooking, and preserving — together with hundreds of illustrations and recipes. With updates of over 1,100 mail order sources, including websites and email addresses, this revised edition is the definitive classic text for living off the land. “Carla Emery is certifiably one of the craziest, warmest, ... funniest, wisest, most lovable, and idealistic zanies now walking the earth.” — Mother Earth News

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User Review  - Lyndatrue - LibraryThing

Yep, it's true. I have three different editions of this book. They differ slightly, and I'm always afraid that something useful might not be in a newer version; because, my friends, these books ARE useful. Some things are just worth having multiple copies of. Read full review

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User Review  - haiku.tx - LibraryThing

Mine is the 9th edition. There are many more. That alone should tell you this is a keeper. Speak with folks interested in land, garden, animal husbandry, etc, and this book WILL come up eventually ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Carla Emery calls herself a mother, speaker, and writer, especially of encyclopedias. She is the author of The Encyclopedia of Country Living, which is a resource for people going back to the basics of life. It is a reference that contains such varied tips on how to cultivate a garden, buy land, bake bread, make candles, raise farm animals (as well as slaughter them and utilize them for food), grow herbs, catch a pig, and more invaluable information for farmers in the country and folks in the city. She spent twenty-five years researching, revising, updating, and expanding this one-volume compendium of helpful hints for all areas of basic living. Born in 1939, Emery recounts that her idea for this book came about when her mother-in-law gave her husband Mike a gift subscription to Organic Gardening in 1969. She began working on her encyclopedia, initially called Old Fashioned Recipe Book, in 1970. Since its humble beginnings, there are over 400,000 copies in print. Emery continues to write and research and she remains active in speaking out on world events that affect our environment and health. She is known for her down-to-earth humor and easy speaking style.

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