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    The Encyclopedia of Country Living by the late Carla Emery is a treasure trove of knowledge and should be on every prepper’s bookshelf. This nearly 1000 page tome contains everything from how to raise rabbits, to building a house, to making soap to, well, wells and water! Though it doesn’t go into significant detail in specialized areas it covers more than enough to get folks started. And for around $20, you really can’t beat it. This book is on my top ten list. :thumbsup:

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    The updated ninth edition of this compendium of food production information is the hefty result of over three decades of intelligence-gathering by Emery, whose initial encyclopedia project was designed to help newbies in the “back to the land” movement of the early 70s learn self-sufficiency. Tasks Emery covers run the gamut from the simple to the complex, and from the common to the strange, and include how to: bake bread, make seed milk, sew a cornhusk bed, dry flowers, prune kiwi vines, culture yogurt, plant beans, keep bees, build a fish pond, artificially inseminate a turkey and help a cow who’s eaten nails. In chapters such as “Grasses, Grains & Canes,” “Food Preservation” and “Goats, Cows & Home Dairying,” Emery offers advice, recipes (including many that are vegan), folk wisdom and plenty of hard facts. Though it’s definitely not aimed at them, urbanites will find the recipes and resources lists (of herb periodicals, nurseries, organizations dedicated to simple living, etc.) useful, the trivia interesting (“catsup” was originally a thick sauce made from any fruit or vegetable), and Emery’s personal reflections (“Once upon a time, in the bad old ways when the Communists and the Western countries were poised on the brink of mutual nuclear annihilation…”) compelling. Even readers with no plans to raise sheep, sell homemade cheese or plant millet will find this a fascinating cultural document.
    Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.


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