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- Publisher: Sasquatch Books
- Format: Paperback | 928 pages
- Dimensions: 213mm x 277mm x 48mm | 1,542g
- Publication date: 27 December 2012
- Publication City/Country: Seattle, WA
- ISBN 10: 1570618402
- ISBN 13: 9781570618406
- Edition: 40
- Edition statement: 40th anniversary ed
- Sales rank: 39,254
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. The practical advice in this exhaustive reference tool includes how to cultivate a garden, buy land, bake bread, raise farm animals, milk a goat, grow herbs, churn butter, cook on a wood stove, over 2000 recipes and much, much more.
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Carla Emery lived on a farm in Idaho for more than thirty years as a wife, mother of seven, home-schooler, goat-keeper, garden-grower, writer, and country-living instructor. She wrote and self-published the first editions of The Encyclopedia of Country Living during the early 1970s and also ran her "School of Country Living." Carla sold nearly 90,000 copies of her self-published editions, traveling the country to promote it and appearing on such shows as The Mike Douglas Show, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The Phil Donahue Show, and Good Morning America, where she demonstrated country-living skills such as goat-milking, bread-making, and butter-churning. When Sasquatch Books published the 9th Edition of Encyclopedia in 1994, Carla continued to travel the country promoting and selling the book, and teaching the timeless skills of country living. Carla cultivated a large and loyal following across the country. Carla passed away in 2005.
"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 ... T"he 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 Lau-rel's "Living on Earth."""Whole Earth catalog" "Urbanites will find the recipes and resources list. . . useful, the trivia interesting. . . and Emery's personal reflections. . . com-pelling. Even readers with no plans to raise sheep, sell home-made 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 aston-ished browser acclaimed, 'Is there anything this book doesn't tell you how to do?'""Library Journal" "If you're thinking about ditching the city and reconnecting with a simpler, more direct way of life, living the self-sufficient lifestyle full-bore, or just living more directly and simply where you are right now, "The Encyclopedia "covers a wealth of information to keep you on target.""Lehman's Country Living" "If I could only have one comprehensive how-to book on self-reliant living (and I think I've read them all), this would be it. As a matter of fact, I have two copies of this book myself... It has gotten better and better since it was first printed 40 years ago. And the massive book is filled with personal stories and anecdotes, making it a friendly and easy read -- not at all like a textbook.""Backwoods Home Magazine" ""The Encyclopedia of Country Living "by Carla Emery is one of my favorite finds. It is a guide to all things country and, for those of us that don't get down on the farm as often as we would like to, it is a mini vacation from the asphalt jungle. Emery offers practical advice on everything from gardening and canning to raising animals and churning butter. ..."The Encyclopedia of Country Living" is a warm and inviting trip to your Grandmother's kitchen table and that, alone, is reason enough to pick up a copy for your own library.""The Jefferson County Post" "While it is impossible for one book to have everything you need, 'The Encyclopedia of Country Living' does an exceptional job of giving you the most bang for your buck when it comes to needing a single resource where you are likely to find the answer to your country living questions.""Outdoor Self Reliance" "Practical advice, invaluable information, and collected wis-dom for folks and farmers in the country, city, and anywhere in between.""Territorial Seed catalog"