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The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary Edition

The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary Edition [Kindle Edition]

Carla Emery

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“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!”
Rodale Book Club

"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 Encyclopedia of Country Living."
Organic Gardening

“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.”
Whole Earth catalog

 “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.”
Publishers Weekly

"Packed with old wisdom as well as up-to-date websites and mail-order sources to make country living easier."
Country Almanac

“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?’”
Library Journal

“Practical advice, invaluable information, and collected wis­dom for folks and farmers in the country, city, and anywhere in between.”
Territorial Seed catalog


The bestselling resource for modern homesteading, growing and preserving foods, and raising chickens, The Encyclopedia of Country Living includes 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 a sustainable lifestyle and living off of the land.

Carla Emery started writing The Encyclopedia of Country Living in 1969 during the back-to-the-land movement of that time. 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 the most personal version of the book that became Carla Emery's life work. It is 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.

Carla Emery's The Encyclopedia of Country Living contains 1,000,000 words, 2,000+ recipes, and 1,500+ mail-order sources (for everything she tells you how to do, she also tells you where to get the supplies to do it). This book is so basic, so thorough, so reliable, that it deserves a place in every home.

Table of Contents

1 Oddments
2 Introduction to Plants
3 Grasses, Grains & Canes
4 Garden Vegetables
5 Herbs & Flavorings
6 Tree, Vine, Bush & Bramble
7 Food Preservation
8 Introduction to Animals
9 Poultry
10 Goats, Cows & Home Dairying
11 Bee, Rabbit, Sheep & Pig
12 Appendix

From the Trade Paperback edition.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Good Reason This Has Stood The Test of Time 1. November 2012
Von Peter Harris - Veröffentlicht auf
I briefly met Carla Emery years ago. She was a very warm, giving, and likeable person (sadly I later learned she died shortly after I met her), and she was the real deal. She had grown up on a farm, homesteading, and living and learning from her relatives many of the skills she writes about in her book (she admitted some parts of the book were researched--not surprising given this book is truly encyclopedic). But for her the skills she writes about was a way of life.

There's a good reason this book is a classic with multiple editions. It includes more information on country skills than most of us will ever use. It boogles my mind how she put it all together. Back to Basics is another classic in this genre, but that was written by a whole team of writers. This was all Carla.
Reading this is like spending time in a room full of homesteaders and listening to them chat and swap stories. Of course, you probably won't need to know how to give birth to a baby without a doctor around or how to midwife/husband a baby calf into the world in a snow storm, but it's comforting to know you could find out how if necessary, even if the power is out. Most likely you'll need if for things like mending a fence or growing grain. Yep, it's in here. And Carla's likeability comes through in print. This book is a classic.

Other books likely of interest:
>Your Cabin in the Woods, which is a great starter book for anyone thinking about getting their own place in the country, as it is a very helpful combination of both practical and philosophical.
>Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition, also great reference for all things homesteading.
>Traditional Breads of the World: 275 Easy Recipes from Around the Globe
Like The Encyclopedia of Country Living, these books have also stood the test of time.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Encyclopedia of Country Living 6. November 2012
Von Cynthia Durham - Veröffentlicht auf
In 1998 my husband, our four year old son and I moved from the city to 11.93 acres in the middle of nowhere. We lived for two years without running water or electricity. From my first copy of The Encyclopedia of Country Living I learned how to milk a goat and raise my hogs. I learned how to dress out a large animal and brooder chicks with kerosene lanterns. Not that I read this book a lot or anything, but I literally wore the covers off of the copy that I ordered from Lehman's Non-Electric Hardware Store.

I'm on my second copy now, which my husband had drilled with a three hole punch to give it more staying power. I highly recommend this book to learn the life-style of self-sufficiency. Self-sufficiency is a mind set and a life-style. I highly recommend it.

My son is 18 years old and a freshman in college now. I am an old woman of nearly 55. I wouldn't give up my memories or skills for anything. This is a fantastic reference book, and really, the only one you'll ever need.

One other note: I wrote Ms. Emery about some health problems I was having and she wrote me back! I'll never forget her kindness to a stranger. One of my deepest regrets is I did not get to meet her. As a struggling author here on Amazon I find her achievements amazing. I hope her family reads this and knows how much her writing meant to our family. God bless you, Ms. Emery. I hope you can know how much your postcard meant to me.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen If I could have only one book, this would probably be it! 31. Dezember 2012
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I just got the Kindle version of this 40th Anniversary Edition of what I know as Carla Emery's Old Fashioned Recipe Book.

I own one of the first actually bound-book editions (vs. the loose leaf, three-ring binder, subscription editions.) From what I understand, Carla numbered that one, the first completed, professionally printed, and bound edition, the second edition. I bought it in the late 70's... probably 1977, would be my guess and I carried it all over the world with me for all these years, unbelievably it's still bound like new and every page is in place! Granted, I treasured it and was careful of it, but that's still a testament to its hardiness and my care over the years.

I also own an Encyclopedia of Country Living version from a couple of years ago.

And now this Kindle, 40th Anniversary Edition.

Money well spent; all of it. This book, all editions, is an entire University of Self-Sufficiency in one fat volume (928 pages) all for only, ONLY, $14.99! This book represents the work and learning of an entire lifetime well-spent, if curtailed too early. We are all poorer for the loss of Carla back in 2005. I miss her, there's a Carla shaped hole in my Universe; and I never even got to meet her.

I read my first copy, front to back, several times and referred back to it over and over, over the last many decades. I skimmed the more recent Encyclopedia version once, maybe twice--I can still get sucked in when consulting for one particular piece of information... and surface hours later. Tonight, I decided to read this new Anniversary Edition again, front to back. I want to see what's new. I know there's updated information, in particular source information, and that should be interesting. Besides, the more times we revisit information, the more we make it our own. What could be more profitable or more fun than going back to school with Carla and the Old Fashioned Recipe Book family?

Speaking of what I like to think of as the Old Fashioned Recipe Book Family, one of the criticisms I have read in reviews of other editions is that Carla's style is too "chatty" or some such similar adjective; that she brings in too much information brought to her by her vast correspondence over the decades. I most heartily disagree. Yes, she's chatty, just as though you had sat down for a cup of tea and a conversation with her, her correspondents, her friends and her family. That is precisely the traditional way of transmitting culture, knowledge and tradition, all the things this book and Carla's life's work is all about. What I'd give for the time again to talk with my almost-Amish grandmother; I lost her far, far too early. This book is the closest I am ever likely to come and I am grateful for the heart-transmission of this age-old, priceless, information and tradition not only from Carla, but from her vast network of correspondents.

I only have one teeny-tiny complaint about this book: Carla totally ignores all of the vast tradition of brewing of beers, ales, (hard) ciders and such and the making of liqueurs, and wines, and traditional distillates. I kind of suspect that Carla herself didn't hold with the uses of the various alcoholic preparations, but it's just a guess based upon nothing at all save intuition and the vast silence in her book on the subject. My complaint is that this leaves a gaping, ragged hole in the tradition of agricultural product preservation and in the tradition of medicine-making and traditional healing works. However, given that the rest of what Carla covers is so broad and deep, I am willing to make allowances for this one (pretty large), deficiency and go find that information elsewhere. Sadly, that subject is so huge that I am unable to give just a single reference (or even ten) on it like I can with most other self-sufficiency issues by just referring to this, Carla's book.

Sometimes, when I get to about this point in other product's reviews, I say to myself "yes, I know you liked it, but what's IN it?" To that, about this book, I can answer, "Everything between the end of Hunter/Gatherer and the beginning of Earl "Get Big or Get Out" Butz (Nixon's Secretary of Agriculture); everything but the alcohol! Ok, so that's probably an exaggeration... so here's something I know to be completely true: Everything between raising, killing and butchering a hog, through raising and preparing almost all plant foods, to the ancient, authentic, Mid-Eastern recipe for Marzipan complete with rose water (more authentic than all I have found on a recent extensive search of the internet!)

Once I complete my revisit of the University of Carla with all the upgrades, I will revisit this review and edit it if I think there's anything productive or interesting to add.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Still an Excellent Must Have 8. November 2012
Von Laura Cullen - Veröffentlicht auf
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I bought the 40th anniversary of this book, after using my library's copy of an older version of this book, for many years. The 40th anniversary edition basically has updated web links and updated addresses. In this day and age of change, I suggest having the updated version. Its huge and has more info than you will probably ever need but its enjoyable reading excerpts on how to deliver a baby to how to care for your own dead relatives.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great reading! 28. November 2012
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An all inclusive guide to homesteading. If it's not in the book, a referral to finding it is. Love it
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