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Encyclopedia of Country Living Book

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Throughout her life, Carla Emery successfully lived the self-sufficient lifestyle. Now you can benefit from her vast knowledge and experience through this best-selling book.

  • Detailed illustrations and comprehensive index
  • Over 1,000 recipes alone!
  • 8-1/2"x11", 922 pp.


What This Book Is
Who This Books Is For
About the Time Traveling In This Book

Chapter 1 - Oddments

Letters to Carla
Choosing and Buying Land
An Agent's Rebuttal
Resources for Back-To-The-Landers
Schools of Country Living
Looking for Love
Living Simply
Mothering When Its Gets Very Cold
Giving Birth by Yourself
Caring for Your Dead
Backwoods Housekeeping
Quilting, Dutch-Oven Baking, and Candlestick Making
Three Steps to Profit
Health Matters
Metric Equivalents

Chapter 2 - Introduction to Plants

Pollution Matters
Secrets of Plant Watering
Soil Composition
Training Draft Animals
Planning Your Garden
Buying and Saving Seeds
Planting and Growing Your Garden
Undercover Gardening
Coping with Weeds in Seed
Sprouting Tips
Vegetarian Diets

Chapter 3 - Grasses, Grains and Canes

Old-Time Harvesting Technology
Shocking, Threshing and Winnowing
Eating Fresh, Raw Sugar Cane
Sourdough Breads and Starters
Harvesting Sweet Corn
Unleavened, Egg, and Acid-Base Leavened Breads
Raising Bread in a Chilly Kitchen
Millet, Oats, Rye, and Sorghums
Wheaty Reading
Cooking Perfect Rice
Storage Technology

Chapter 4 - Garden Vegetables

All the Onions
Non-Brassica Greens and the Motley Brassica Horde
Leaves, Stems, and Roots We Eat
Eating an Artichoke
Legume Lore
Bush, Pole, Shell, and Snap Beans
From Fava to Peanut, Garbanzo to Soy
Seed Recipe Ideas
To Peel or Not to Peel
The Gourd Family
Harvesting Cantaloupes and Muskmelons
Secrets of Making Pickles
Big Changes in Tomato Canning

Chapter 5 - Herbs and Flavorings

Your Herb Garden
Buying Herbs and Herb Products
Candying Leaves and Flowers
Sachets and Herb Pillows
Food Seasonings
Alfafa to Yucca - Garden to Table
Which Herbs for Which Foods?
Cocoa, Coffee(s) and Tea
Coffees That Aren't Coffee
Do-It-Yourself Cosmetics
Wild Food Foraging

Chapter 6 - Tree, Vine, Bush and Bramble

Guerrilla Tree Planting
Planning Your Orchard and Berry Patch
Basic Pruning Equipment
Through the Nut Alphabet
Preserving Your Apple Harvest
Subtropical and Tropical Fruits
So What's A Prune?
Basic Berry and Tiny Fruit Recipes
Tapping Sugar Maples
Growing Christmas Trees or Timber Evergreens
Cooking on a Woodstove
The Economics of Wood Heating

Chapter 7 - Food Preservation

Detailed Step-By-Step Drying Instructions
Long-Term Food Arrangements
Twelve Life-Saving Canning Rules
Water-Bath Canning and Pressure Canning
Root Cellar Checklist
Summer Ices and Frozen Fruits
Jam/Jelly Recipes
Basic Spiced Fruit
Making Vinegar

Chapter 8 - Introduction to Animals

Choosing Your Animals
Barns and Fences
Pasture, Hay, and Silage
Animal Doctoring
Managing Livestock Reproduction
Home Butchering
Wild Critters
Snail, Snake, Turtle, and Frog
Soap Making
Blankets, Rugs, and Clothes from Skins
Pon Fish Farming

Chapter 9 - Poultry

Good Egg Layers
Places to Buy or Order Poultry
Hatching Eggs in an Incubator
Discouraging a Broody Bird
Of Flooring, Chick Litter, and Spraddle Legs
Good Recipes for Old Hens
Turkey Housing and Yards
Of Ducklings and Goslings
Chicken-Style Scalding and Picking
Dual-Purpose Duck Varieties
Duck Feathers
Some of My Favorite Goose Recipes
Catching a Guinea
Pens for Small Game Birds
Pigeons in Print

Chapter 10 - Goats, Cows and Home Dairying

Milk a Sheep? Cow? Goat?
Goat Facts of Life
Fencing, Housing, and Food
Factors in Choosing Your Cattle Breed
Cow Psychology and Senses
Secrets of Dairy Cow Feeding
Buying a Young Calf
Cow Butchering
Milking Problems and Problem Milkers
Books for Cheesemakers
Butter Churn Types

Chapter 11 - Bee, Rabbit, Sheep and Pig

Learning to Beekeep
Harvesting the Honey
Rabbit Reproduction
Home-Grown Rabbit Food
Sheep Vetting
From Shearing Sheep to Weaving Wool
Recipes for Uncommon Sheep Parts
Home Sweet Home for Pigs
Pigs and Fat
Keeping a Sow and Raising Piglets

A Chronology of This Book

Various Editions Described
World Records This Book May Have Set
Your Achievement Checklist
A Final Exam For You
Excerpt from Chapter 7
Plan Ahead

If you haven't previously raised your own food I would guess it will take more food to keep your family going than you now realize. In general can or freeze only the amount your family will use up before the next harvest season. In your first year you may have trouble figuring out how much. But by your second you'll know what ran out fast and what was left over. With that info you can fine-tune your plan.

Do you know how many cows, goats, chickens, sheep, etc. you need for one year's supply of milk and meat? How many bushels (or acres) of grains? How many heads of cabbage and sacks of potatoes? You can find out to a certain extent by keeping records and then by experience. You'll need a lot of food because people doing hard outdoor work have bigger appetites because you have animals to feed too and because you have to allow for loss by crop failure or spoilage in storage.

With pumpkins and fruit you have to figure from harvest to harvest - a full 12 months. You store greens from fall to spring because you'll have them fresh the rest of the time from dandelion greens in the spring to your last cutting of Swiss chard or mustard greens in the fall. Meat is a crop you can harvest in winter but not in summer - except for very small animals like poultry and goats. Milk is available fresh year-round - providing you have more than one animal milking and stagger the time they come fresh. You have to store enough winter feed for them. A hungry cow won't just loyally grow lean. She'll either go way down on the milk or she'll go through the fence and range onto the neighbor's land. (She is also likely to leave in search of a bull when she needs one - fences hold only contented cows.)

Customer Reviews of Encyclopedia of Country Living Book
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- 10/11/2013
said: Cheryl
"Very informative and helpful resource! Everything you need to know. If you can only afford one book on living in the country, this is the one you need. The author has done a fine job. Well worth the price. "
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- 4/2/2012
said: Jamie Veres
"Excellent source of information covering just about every topic you need to know about. Pays for itself!"
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- 9/21/2010
said: Debra
"I have a copy of the very first edition Carla published, and a copy of the fifth edition as well. I plan on obtaining the latest edition soon, but I can tell anyone from my experiences with Carla's book that she outdid herself between the 2 that I have, and I'm excited to see what improvements have been made in this new edition! Carla is a wonderful author who writes from her heart. She tempers the difficult passages with humor, simplifies the technical passages with grade-school language so anyone can understand, and makes the book worth reading from cover to cover, literally. The best part about this book is how it is organized by subject matter, and then it's easier to find the answers to your questions more quickly than a librarian can. If you're looking for a "Bible" on the subject of Country Living and Survival, Carla Emery's Encyclopedia of Country Living is the choice with which you will not go wrong. I have never regretted my investment for one single day in 35 years!"
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