A SELECTION OF USEFUL AND INTERESTING BOOKS
Roughing it Easy: a Unique Ideabook for Camping and Cooking, Dian Thomas.
Every camp cooking trick in the book is here -- Dutch oven cooking, cooking without pans,
solar cooking, plus the nifty Buddy Burner, beloved of World War II GI's and 1990s homeless
people. Yes, you too can make your own from a tuna can, a large #10 can, some cardboard and
wax, and you can bake a pineapple upside down cake using this contraption, among many other
things. If I could only take two preparedness books into the future, this would be one of them.
More-With-Less Cookbook, Doris Longacre, Mary Showalter.
500 recipes from Mennonite kitchens that suggest ways to eat better and consume less, all of
which have been tested by professional home economists.
The New Laurel's Kitchen: A handbook for vegetarian cookery and nutrition, by Laurel Robertson, Brian Ruppenthal, Carol Flinders.
Twenty years ago I bought a small paperback edition of the original Laurel's Kitchen. It was part
cookbook, part religious/philosophical text regarding simple living and vegetarian. Although the
spirituality was eastern, it spoke to me in those days of my spiritual drought and emptiness.
Many of the recipes I still cook today were derived from this book, both with and without meat;
this book is the one that taught me how to bake. Now it has been updated and revised.
Cooking with the Sun: How to build and use solar cookers, Beth and Don Halacy.
Build a solar oven or hot plate with a few basic materials, has lots of recipes.
Building a Wood-fired Oven for Bread and Pizza, by Tom Jaine
Complete instructions, including diagrams, for building a back yard oven.
Ball Blue Book: Guide to home canning, freezing, and dehydration.
THE original and authoritative resource. No home preservation kitchen should be without this
book. Plus it's really cheap.
The Encyclopedia of Country Living: An Old-fashioned Recipe Book, Carla Emery.
This one is in my library, and I use it often, it is full of practical, useful country wisdom. A must
for every library.
Stocking Up: America's classic preserving guide, completely revised and updated, by Carol Hupping.
This is a book I personally have and use. Published by Rodale, the organic farming people, a
primary source of accurate facts.
How to Develop a Low-Cost Family Food-storage System, by Anita Evangelista.
This book is a must; I have exchanged a lot of email with Anita and read a lot of her posts in
various discussion forums. She knows what she is talking about. Sensible and non-crazy.
Putting Food by, Greene, Hertzberg, Vaughan.
A classic guide to freezing, canning, and preserving food, includes new info about freezing for
the microwave, canning convenience food, and kitchen equipment.
The Canning, Freezing, Curing and Smoking of Meat, Fish, and Game, by Wilbur Eastman.
Recently revised, practical and easy to follow procedures and shortcuts.
How to Grow More Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops, John Jeavons. Fifth edition,
A literal classic in the field, based on the Chadwick biointensive gardening techniques,
demonstrates how to raise enough organic vegetables for a family of four in an 800 sq foot
Square Foot Gardening, Mel Bartholomew.
You will be surprised at how much food you can raise per square foot; this book suggests that an
8' X 16' plot will feed a family of four vegetables and salads in abundance, not enough for all
year, but the book has some ideas about how this can be done. Don't have garden space? Use
the book's suggestions on container gardening. It comes highly recommended by many
gardeners. The book suggests that this method of gardening has a lot less work than traditional
Rodale's All-New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening:
The indispensable resource for every gardener, Marshall Bradley, Fern Bradley. A classic,
revised and updated, 420 articles by 50 of North America's leading gardeners.
The Straw Bale House. (Real Goods Independent Living book)
A guide to building straw bale structures, benefits, safety, building codes, insurance, techniques
(including walls, doors, foundations, roofs, floors, and inside walls). The book is very nicely
done, the photos, design, and binding of the book are nice enough for your coffee table.
The Toilet Papers: Recycling waste and conserving water, Wendell Berry and Sim Van Der Ryn.
A classic back in print, an information and irreverent look at human waste through the centuries,
and what options are available today. Homeowner plans for several types of dry toilets, compost
privies and grey water systems.
Back to Basics: how to learn and enjoy traditional American skills, a Readers Digest book.
Hundreds of projects, with step by step diagrams and instruction, growing, preserving,
lumbering, building, crafts, homesteading skills, recreational activities.
Community Technology, by Karl Hess.
This book tells the story of a community technology project in the Adams-Morgan area of
Washington, D.C. in the 1970s. For five years people worked together to develop a self-sufficient urban community. They raised fish in basements, vegetables in vacant lots and on
rooftops, built composting toilets, published a newspaper, and had plans for a methanol plant to
produce fuel. This book explains what they did, why they did it, and why it didn't work -- but it
also discusses how their experiences can help us today learn how to be more successful at this
kind of urban community.
The Way Things Work, David MacAulay.
Always put one of these on your coffee table, your school room, and in your fallout shelter.
From levers to lasers, cameras to computers, a lavishly illustrated, beautifully crafted guide to
machines and inventions. Allegedly for ages 9 to 12, it is useful for anybody of any age who is
interested in the way things work.
Mother Earth News Alcohol Fuel Handbook, Mother Earth News editors and staff.
The Harrowsmith Country Life Guide to Wood Heat, Dirk Thomas.
Where There is No Doctor, a village health care handbook, David Werner, Carol Thuman, Jane Maxwell.
Clear, concise, and practical, oriented towards the realities of the third world, don't much care for
the stuff about abortion and birth control, but the rest is pretty good.
Where There Is No Dentist, Murray Dickson,
Based on the same themes as "No Doctor", oriented towards dental care.