Filled with more than 1,000 recipes, 700 mail-order sources, how-to instructions, and earthly wisdom gleaned from a lifetime of self-sufficient living, this thorough, reliable treasury features 300 illustrations.Filled with more than 1,000 recipes, 700 mail-order sources, how-to instructions, and earthly wisdom gleaned from a lifetime of self-sufficient living, this thorough, reliable treasury features 300 illustrations.Read Less
I had this book many years ago and lost my copy and am replacing it. It is one of the most fun and factual books I have ever owned. The information is entirely true and very useful and I have used the receipes many times. The fun part is the information about areas that most of us have no knowledge of and are not likely to. She tells us more about the practical guides to living off the land than we will need in many cases and does it in a way that is totally human and does not make us think that she is too good to even be imparting the information to us mortals. I love her style of writing and her down to earth attitude toward life in general. The openness about her own experiences was totally charming and disarming and I loved every minute of the book. If I could praise it any stronger I would. I am also proud to say that my Mother owns a personally signed copy of the first edition and it is one of our most prized possessions. Carla Emery has every reason to be very proud of this lovely, entertaining and very practical book.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-04-15 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. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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