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Basic Preparedness, Survival & Thrival
Electricity, Utilities, Water, Etc
Food Books
Health Books
Root Cellars
Sprout Books
Herb Books

Where There is No Doctor by David Werner, Carol Thuman, & Jane Maxwell

Where there is No Dentist

by Murray Dickson

The Encylopedia of Country Living

by Carla Emery


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.

Mother Earth News:
Carla Emery is certifiably one of the craziest, warmest, (sometimes unintentionally) funniest, wisest, most lovable, and idealistic zanies now walking the face of the earth and we think this old world would be a lot better off if we had a few more people like her.

Organic Gardening:
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 the ninth edition of The Encyclopedia of Country Living...We think you're pretty swell, Carla.

Country Woman
Rural Life from A to Z is well covered in Carla Emery's Encyclopedia of Country Living...Carla taps into her rural roots to bring forth a bounty of folksy information.

How to Develop a Low-Cost Family Food-Storage System

by Anita Evangelista

From the author, , January 17, 1997, It's wise to plan ahead. Thank you for taking the time to consider this book on food storage. This book is designed to help you make the important food choices that will affect you and your family in the event of difficult cirumstances. As I write this (Jan /97), a third of the nation is in severe blizzard, snow or ice conditions; another third is recovering from flooding. Only the tip of Florida and Southern California have avoided some kind of catastrophic situation. And, as usual, the evening news has found a way to interview folks who have had to drive through snow drifts or across flooded riverbeds to get to the supermarket. It wouldn't take much in the way of food storage to prevent this kind of risky situation....and even folks on the tightest budget with the smallest storage areas can "put aside" SOMETHING. Just a little planning and some prudent action can help prevent putting yourself in danger's way, or can help keep you comfortable during the inevitable downturns of life.

Back to Basics: How to Learn and Enjoy Traditional American Skills

by Readers Digest review:
"Voluntary simplicity" has become a catch phrase for what seems to be a yearning for a simpler, more self-sufficient and economical way of living in the late 20th century. This book, first published in 1981 and recently updated, was probably many folks' first in-depth exposure to the idea of a simpler life, making things by hand, and enjoying a stronger sense of control over personal budgets, home projects, and lifestyles. Hundreds of projects are listed, illustrated in step-by-step diagrams and instructions: growing and preserving your own food, converting trees to lumber and building a home from it, traditional crafts and homesteading skills, and having fun with recreational activities like camping, fishing, and folk dancing without spending a lot of money. This book will have you dreaming and planning from the first page! -- Mark A. Hetts

With so many urban and suburban dwellers moving toward simplifying their lives, Reader's Digest has updated its popular Back to Basics series to provide the ultimate how-to book. It's packed with hundreds of projects and illustrated step-by-step sequences to help you learn to live more self-sufficiently, with sections on shelter, alternative energy sources, growing and preserving food, home crafts, and even recreation. Includes over 2,000 photos, diagrams and drawings.

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