Big List of Homesteading, Foodie,
Back-To-The-Land, Rural Skills,
Voluntary Simplicity & Self Sufficiency Books:
(mostly from: www.livingasimplelife.com)Articles:
- At Home in Nature by Rebecca Kneale Gould
– Written by someone who has actually lived in Helen and Scott
Nearing’s home, this book reveals a deep knowledge of the
back-to-the-land movement as the author explores it through the eyes of a
- Rodale’s Chemical-Free Yard and Garden
by various authors – It is both broad and deep, covering everything
from the temperature at which soil can be heated before killing
different lifeforms to the profiles of different insects and bug control
- The New Organic Grower by Eliot Coleman
– This “A Master’s Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and
Market Gardener” is a must-read for anyone interested in organic
gardening, including soil health, permaculture, marketing, extending the
growing season, etc.
- The Winter Harvest Handbook by Eliot Coleman:
This book is about “year round vegetable production using deep organic
techniques and unheated greenhouses”. Who says you can’t eat fresh
lettuce and root crops out of the garden in the middle of winter?
Self Sufficiency Guides:
- Story’s Basic Country Skills
is a practical guide to self-reliance written by several contributing
authors. This thing is a big, fat, heavy bible of country living and
rural skills for people who are moving to the country from the city.
Food Preservation & Cooking:
- Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables by Mike Bubel
– This book has everything you want or need to know about root cellars.
From temperature and humidity ranges for different fruits and veggies
to the history and pictures of root cellars around the world. Mr. Bubel
also talks about some alternatives to root cellars that can be much
faster and cheaper than building one.
- The Tassajara Bread Book by Edward Brown
– I’m not a big fan of cookbooks, but this one is different. It teaches
you how to make bread from scratch using whole grains and simple
ingredients. The book also has a very zen-like vibe to it, which you may
or may not fully appreciate.
Preparedness & Emergency:
- Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook by Peggy Layton
– I think this is generally a handy book to have around and fills in
many of the gaps left from other food storage books, such as those
dealing only with canning or only with root cellaring. It also has some
good information on what to have packed and ready to go, or in your
trunk in case of an emergency requiring you to leave home, or something
that happens on the road.
Green Building & Alternative Energy:
- Microhydro by Scott Davis
– If you have a water source and are thinking of generating power from
it, this is the book you should start with. There are very clear
pictures and explanations of concepts and components.
- Water Storage by Art Ludwig
– This book covers most of what you’ll need to know about catching and
storing rainwater, including water tanks, cisterns, aquifers, ponds… as
well as fire and emergency use water. See also the basic but
interesting information in the "Rain Water Harvesting" attachment from
India, below (bottom of this page.