Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Today, we’re starting a new category “Bookshelf,” in which we will periodically review books on survival, food preparation, gardening and other topics and let you know what we think.

One of the most valuable books on my bookshelf is the Encyclopedia of Country Living (10th edition) by Carla Emery. Carla started this book in 1974 and updated the book with each edition, while retaining some of the original text. If you can afford only one resource book, pick this one. This book is packed with a wide assortment of information, including how to grow your own food, grow and using herbs, build a cabin, raise and feed livestock, use medicinal plants, even deliver a baby, and bury your dead.

One segment I plan to refer to frequently this year explains how to grow and use grains, including oats, wheat, rice, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, sorghum, and more. The section, entitled Grasses, Grains and Canes has a grain quiz to help you determine which grains will grow best in your particular area. I had always wanted to grow sorghum, but now realize our climate and soil are more suited to growing rye, amaranth, buckwheat, millet, and perhaps, wheat.

The book has 922 pages and is 10-3/4” by 8-1/4” and over 1-1/2” thick. It normally sells for $29.95, but I was able to locate a new copy online for only $19.95.

The Encyclopedia of Country Living is a valuable encyclopedia if you want to become more self-sufficient and learn how to do things yourself.

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