The Encyclopedia of Country Living: An Old Fashioned Recipe Book

by Carla Emery (Author)

Editorial Reviews

For twenty years people have relied on these hundreds of recipes, instructions,
and morsels of invaluable practical advice on all aspects of growing and
preparing food. This definitive classic on food, gardening, and self-sufficient
living is a complete resource for living off the land with over 800 pages of
collected wisdom from country maven, Carla Emery--how to cultivate a garden, buy
land, bake bread, raise farm animals, make sausage, milk a goat, grow herbs,
churn butter, catch a pig, make soap, work with bees and more. Encyclopedia of
Country Living is so basic, so thorough, so reliable, it deserves a place in
every home--whether in the country, the city, or somewhere in between.

From Publishers Weekly
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.

Product Details

Paperback: 864 pages
Publisher: Sasquatch Books; Ninth edition edition (March 6, 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 157061377X



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