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17 Useful and Practical Books ... TOP

This first section is composed of books we have in our research library.

How to Grow More Vegetables : Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains and Other Crops.. By John Jeavons and Ecology Action. The primary practical textbook on organic gardening with double-dug beds. Lots of detailed, practical information based on "them that's doin'", specifically, their own test gardens and efforts throughout the world.

The Sustainable Vegetable Garden : A Backyard Guide to Healthy Soil & Higher Yields.. A basic intro to the Jeavon's biointensive method of raised bed organic gardening. Especially for first time beginning gardeners.

One Circle : How to Grow a Complete Diet in Less Than 1000 sq. ft.. More details from the Ecology Action folks on growing a complete diet in a small space, including all necessary compost materials. This book won't make a lot of sense unless you read the Jeavon's How to Grow More Vegetables book.

The Backyard Homestead : Mini Farm and Garden Log Book. From Ecology Action, more advanced details on the urban sustainable homestead.

The New Laurel's Kitchen : A Handbook...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, one of Amazon.com's top 5,000 books. Try the Camelia Grill Omelet, yum.

Putting Food by. The classic guide to freezing, drying, canning. Includes sections on freezing for the microwave, canning convenience foods, and making presents.

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.

Back to Basics : How to Learn and Enjoy Traditional American Skills Hundreds of projects, with step by step diagrams and instruction, growing, preserving, lumbering, building, crafts, homesteading skills, recreational activities. Nicely illustrated with drawings and pictures.

Community Technology, by Karl Hess. I was personally acquainted with Karl Hess, I visited him twice in his West Virginia home (where he practiced what he preached), spoke with him on the phone on numerous occasions, and worked together with him on projects. 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 Karl worked with his neighbors 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. Kind of an urban Wendell Berry approach.

How to Live Without Electricity & Like It, by Anita Evangelista, another subtitle could be How to live without being hooked up to commercial electrical utilities, save money, and like it. One of Amazon.com's top 5,000 books during the run-up to y2k.

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. I actually built a solar oven out of two cardboard boxes from plans in this book, and it works!

Five Acres and Independence : A Handbook for Small Farm Management, Maurice Grenville Kains. THE Classic text, covers all aspects of making a small acreage profitable and livable. This one is in my library.

Backyard Meat Production : How to Grow.All the Meat Your Need in Your Back Yard, by Anita Evangelista. Another in a series of practical books by Mrs. Evangelista, who made the transition from urban worker to rural farmer. She has an informative writing style that easily conveys both information and confidence. Low cost solutions.

Blood-Lust Chickens and Renegade Sheep: A First-Timer's Guide to Country Living. By Nick and Anita Evangelista. If you are thinking about an urban to rural transition, don't leave home without this one! A no-holds barred description of what it is really like down on the farm.

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. How to save lots of money and time in managing your home food inventory.

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.

Feed a Family of Four for As Low As $10 per Week and Enjoy a Nibble of Independence., for those ready for a radical change in diet, healthy and tasty foods -- more than a cookbook, a window on truly sustainable kitchen activities.

Roughing It Easy/a Unique Ideabook for Camping and Cooking 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 you become homeless, this is the one book you want in your backpack.

Mother Earth News Alcohol Fuel Handbook, Mother Earth News editors and staff. Order this book today!

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. Order this book today!

Food Preservation ... TOP

The Busy Person's Guide to Preserving Food, by Janet Bachand Chadwick. Excellent, this book has perhaps the easiest to understand instructions of the various books I have personally consulted. Order this book today!

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. Order this book today!

Complete Guide to Home Canning, Preserving, and Freezing, US Department of Agriculture. Another basic primary work, backed by decades of research at agricultural colleges and home extension offices. Order this book today!



Preserving in Today's Kitchen: Easy, modern canning methods with 168 recipes. Winner of a James Beard Foundation award, creatively suited to today's fast life and small households. Order this book today!

Home Book of Smoke-cooking Meat, Fish, and Game, by Jack Sleight, Raymond Hull. Order this book today!

The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest, by Carol Costenbader and Pamela Lappies, brings preserving into the 1990s with new techniques and recipes for putting by foods. Follows current USDA guidelines. Order this book today!

Preserving, by Oded Schwartz. Profusely illustrated book with 150+ recipes. Order this book today!

Making Cheese, Butter, and Yogurt by the Gardenway staff. Order this book today!

Cheesemaking Made Easy, by Ricki and Robert Carroll. Presents everything the novice cheesemaker needs to know to make great tasting cheese starting from the very first batch. Has suggestions for using equipment you probably already own and how to make other things you need. Covers soft and hard cheese, whey and goat's milk cheeses, bacterial and mold ripened cheeses. Order this book today!

Preserving Summer's Bounty: a quick and easy guide to freezing, canning, preserving, and drying what you grow, by Susan McClure. A Rodale Food Center book, from the same people who publish the magazine Organic Gardening. Order this book today!

Dehydrator Delights, by Noreen Jo Thomas. Order this book today!

Lost Arts: A cook's guide to making vinegar, curing olives, crafting fresh goat cheese and simple mustards, baking bread, and growing herbs, by Lynn Alley. The title says it all. Order this book today!

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. Order this book today!

Root Cellaring: Natural cold storage of fruits and vegetables, by Mike and Nancy Bubel. Root cellaring is a simple and energy-saving way to keep food fresh all year. This book explains building and using different types of root cellars, includes storage specs for 100 home garden crops, plus dozens of recipes. Order this book today!

The Canning, Freezing, Curing and Smoking of Meat, Fish, and Game, by Wilbur Eastman. Recently revised, practical and easy to follow procedures and shortcuts. Order this book today!

Just Add Water: How to use dehydrated food, by B.G. Salisbury. Order this book today!

Shopping ... TOP

Thrift Score: The Stuff, the Method, the Madness, by Al Hoff. Just about everything you ever wanted to know about shopping. Order this book today!

The Rummager's Handbook: Finding, buying, cleaning, fixing, using, and selling second-hand treasures, by R.S. McClurg. "Buy it cheap, scrub it up, make it work." Order this book today!



Agriculture and Gardening ... TOP

Self-sufficiency Gardening: Financial, physical, and emotional security from your own backyard, a practical guide to growing vegetables and fruits, Martin Waterman. Written with the novice gardener in mind, covers vegetables, fruits, nuts, herbs, and other useful plant products. Order this book today!

Five Acres and Independence, a handbook for small farm management, Maurice Grenville Kains. Classic text, covers all aspects of making a small acreage profitable and livable. This one is in my library. Order this book today!

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 row-gardening methods. Order this book today!

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. Order this book today!

Solar Gardening: Growing vegetables year-round the American Intensive Way (a Real Goods Independent Living book), Leandre Poisson. This describes a continuous food-producing system that provide ideal growing environments. Shows how to get a harvest even in the middle of winter by creating microclimates., growing tips on 90 vegetables. Order this book today!

Pay Dirt: How to raise and sell herbs and produce for serious cash, Mimi Luebbermann. The market for specialty herbs and produce is growing. How to meet that demand. Order this book today!

Grow It! The beginner's complete in-harmony-with-nature small farm guide -- from vegetable and grain growing to livestock care, Langer and McNeill. Excellent guide to small-scale organic farming with advice on everything from building and stocking a pond to planting an orchard or making cheese. Order this book today!

Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs, edited by Claire Kowalchik. Comprehensive, authoritative, from the folks at Rodale who always do it right. Order this book today!

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. Order this book today!

Backyard Market Gardening: the entrepreneurs guide to selling what you grow, Andrew Lee and Jim Hightower. Not a plodding how-to book, great writing, complete guide to soil, composting, marketing, tools, planting, cultivating, harvesting. Order this book today!

The New Organic Grower. A master's manual of tools and techniques for the home and market gardener, Eliot Coleman, highly illustrated. Recently revised, for serious gardeners or small-scale market farmers, practical and sustainable ways of growing vegetables. Order this book today!

The Flower Farmer. An organic grower's guide to raising and selling cut flowers (a Gardener's Supply book), Lynn Byczynski, who quit her city job to become a flower farmer. Order this book today!

Flowers for Sale: Growing and marketing cut flowers, backyard to small acreage (A Bootstrap Guide). Order this book today!

Four-season Harvest. How to harvest fresh organic vegetables from your home garden all year long. Eliot Coleman. Growing and harvesting up to 40 different vegetables in season all year round by using cold frames, mobile greenhouses, etc. Order this book today!

Building Your Own Greenhouse, Mark Freeman, Heather Bellanca. Order this book today!

Homesteading Adventures: a guide for doers and dreamers. A conversation about her family's move to rural northern Michigan 20 years ago. Order this book today!

Sucessful Small-scale Farming: An organic approach, Karl Schwenke, Ben Watson. A practical guide for all who are new to farming, concentrates on small-scale commercial farming, to make a profit -- soil, crop rotation, yields, harvest logistics. Order this book today!

Contrary Farmer, Gene Logsdon. Presents cottage farming as an alternative to the decline of the family farm (on less than 50 acres), suggests ways to avoid backbreaking work, testing prospective crop, handling gruesome tasks like butchering, irrigating, be a lender rather than a borrower. Order this book today!

Smallholders, Householders: Farm families and the ecology of intensive, sustainable agriculture, Robert Netting. Order this book today!

Handbook on Small-scale Freshwater Fish Farming (FAO Training Series), from the United Nations, written for developing countries. Order this book today!

Greening the Deserts: Techniques and achievements of two Japanese agriculturists. Selei Toyama, Masao Tohyama, discusses demonstration projects in deserts in Japan, Iran, Mexico, China, Egypt.. Order this book today!

Market Gardening: growing and selling produce, Ric Staines. Order this book today!

Natural Insect Control: the ecological gardener's guide to foiling pests, from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Order this book today!

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 garden. Order this book today!

Harvest of Hope: Family Farming/Farming Families, Lorraine Garkovich, Janet Bokemeier, Barbara Foote. Narratives by members of a farm family in western Kentucky. Order this book today!

Solar Gardening: Growing vegetables year-round the American Intensive Way (a Real Goods Independent Living book), Leandre Poisson. This describes a continuous food-producing system that provide ideal growing environments. Shows how to get a harvest even in the middle of winter by creating microclimates., growing tips on 90 vegetables. Order this book today!

Seed to Seed, Suzanne Ashworth, David Cavagnaro. Order this book today!

The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control: a complete problem-solving guide to keeping your garden and yard healthy. Barbara Ellis, editor. 350 color photos, info on preventing problems plus symptoms and solutions for major pests and disease. Order this book today!

Savings Seeds: The gardener's guide to growing and storing vegetables and flower seeds, Marc Rogers, plant by plant, practical, easy to use advice. Order this book today!

Farming: A Handbook, Wendell Berry. "Love the world, work for nothing/take all that you have and be poor/love someone who does not deserve it", writes Wendell Berry in the persona of "the mad farmer". Lyric, satiric, funny and earnest, a book of poetry. Order this book today!

Abundant Vegetable Garden: a handbook for success, Mother Earth News editors and staff. Order this book today!

Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of companion planting for successful gardening, Louise Riotte. Order this book today!

Permaculture: A designer's manual, Bill Mollison. Jam-packed with information. Order this book today!

Introduction to Permaculture, Bill Mollison, Reny Mia Slay. Order this book today!

Forest Gardening: Cultivating an edible landscaping, Robert A Hart. A wholistic approach -- spirituality and practicality. Order this book today!

Energy-Efficient and Environmental Landscaping: Cut your utility bills by up to 30 percent and create a natural healthy yard. Anne Simon Moffat, Mark Schiller. Order this book today!

Handy Farm Devices and How to Make Them, Rolfe Cobleigh, originally published in 1909, it describes in detail techniques and labor-saving devices in common use at that time. Plus, inspirational quotes from Shakespeare, the Bible, Longfellow, and many others. Order this book today!

Shelter ... TOP

Earthship: How to build your own, Michael Reynolds. An Earthship is a passive solar home built of used tires, earth, and rock. (They are much nicer looking than this description indicates.) Order this book today!

Earthship: Systems and Components, Michael Reynolds. More details on building your own earthship. Order this book today!

Earthship: Evolution Beyond Economics, Mike Reynolds. Continues the themes and practicalities developed in the other two books in this series of three. Order this book today!

The Fifty Dollar and Up Underground House Book, Mike Oehler. OK, those are 1970s era dollars. I have owned this book for 20 years, have yet to build such a house, but reading this shows its not impossible, as it documents the author's personal experience in building and living in underground houses, that cost almost no money. Building code-types might get in the way, but perhaps they can be placated. Order this book today!

Complete Book of Underground Houses: How to build a low-cost home, Robert Roy. The author is director of the Earthwood Building School, and gives detailed instructions on building the home, from top to bottom. Order this book today!

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). Photos demonstrate techniques. Order this book today!

Adobe and Rammed Earth Buildings: Design and Construction, by Paul Graham McHenry. All kinds of details for building homes that will last for centuries. Order this book today!

Complete Book of Underground Houses: How to build a low-cost home, Robert Roy. The author is director of the Earthwood Building School, and gives detailed instructions on building the home, from top to bottom. Order this book today!

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). Photos demonstrate techniques. Order this book today!

Adobe and Rammed Earth Buildings: Design and Construction, by Paul Graham McHenry. All kinds of details for building homes that will last for centuries. Order this book today!

Adobe: Build It Yourself, Graham McHenry. Author has taught more than 1500 students in a community college course by the same name. It is tightly focused on the questions and needs of the would be owner builder. This is a best-seller. Order this book today!

Buildings of Earth and Straw: Structural design for rammed earth and /straw bale architecture, King and Edminster. Discusses special structural requirements of earth and straw, design capabilities and limitations, documentation of testing data for local building inspectors. Has the nuts and bolts down solid. Order this book today!

Build it with Bales Version 2.0: A step-by-step guide to straw-bale construction, MacDonald and Myhrman. Order this book today!

Alternative Housebuilding, Mcclintock and Meyer. Order this book today!

Build Your Own Low-Cost Home, Anderson and Zornig. Has complete working drawings and specs for 11 homes suitable for year round and vacation use. Order this book today!

How to Build and Furnish a Log Cabin: The easy, natural way using only hand tools and the woods around you, By Ben Hunt. An older book, it shows you in simple diagrams how to build rustic log structures the way they "used to do it" way back when. A combination of way-back machine and practicality. Order this book today!

The Rammed Earth House, Real Goods Independent Living Book. Amazing details, photographs, lots of stuff you need to know. Build a house that will last for centuries. Order this book today!

The Passive Solar House, a Real Goods Independent Living book, James Kachadorian. Offers a technique for building homes that heat and cool themselves in a wide range of climates, using ordinary materials and methods. Order this book today!

The Solar Home: How to design and build a house you heat with the sun, Mark Freeman. A total guide to a dwelling heated by the sun. Order this book today!

Passive Solar House Basics, Peter van Dresser. Order this book today!

Independent Builder: Designing and building a house your own way, a Real Goods Independent Living Books, by Sam Clark. All kinds of tricks of the trade, detailed diagrams and photographs. Order this book today!

The Natural House Catalog: Everything you need to create an environmentally friendly home; David Pearson, editor. How-to projects written by specialists. Order this book today!

Water and Sewer ... TOP

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. Order this book today!

Humanure Handbook: A guide to composting human manure, Joseph Jenkins. One of Amazon.com's top 10,000 books (in the 8000s, actually). Yes, this can be done safely, but it doesn't happen overnight. Order this book today!

Cottage Water Systems: An out-of-the-city guide to pumps, plumbing, water purification, and privies, Max Burns. Lots of information, illustrated, pros and cons of alternatives, lots of very good reviews. Order this book today!

The Home Water Supply: How to find, filter, store, and conserve it; Stu Campbell, Roger Griffith. One of the Amazon.com top 1000 books (#624 to be exact). Order this book today!



Miscellaneous ... TOP

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. Order this book today!

Mother's 101 Workshop Projects. How-to and handicraft ideas for the home from the editors of the Mother Earth News. A great classic, must have. This one is in my library. Order this book today!

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. Order this book today!

Handy Farm Devices and How to Make Them, Rolfe Cobleigh, originally published in 1909, it describes in detail techniques and labor-saving devices in common use at that time. Plus, inspirational quotes from Shakespeare, the Bible, Longfellow, and many others. Order this book today!

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. Order this book today!

Making the Best of Basics: Family preparedness handbook, James Talmage Stevens. Covers many possible disasters that can affect normal life. "Just because our technology is vulnerable, doesn't mean that we have to be." Order this book today!

Mother's 101 Workshop Projects. How-to and handicraft ideas for the home from the editors of the Mother Earth News. A great classic, must have. This one is in my library. Order this book today

Hurricane Handbook. A practical guide for residents of the hurricane belt, Sharon and Toni Carpenter. Order this book today!

Homestead Year. Back to the land in the suburbs. An interesting look at the experience of a woman who cultivated her backyard. Order this book today!

On Good Land. The autobiography of an urban farm, Michael Ableman, Cynthia Wisehart, Alice Waters. A 12.5 acre farm. Order this book today!

Home Schooling from Scratch: Simple living, super learning, Mary Potter Kenyon, Lishi Laurance. A certified penny-pincher who applies her talents to discovering the most economic routes for home schooling children. Order this book today!

101 Educational Conversations with your Kindergartner-1st grader, Vito Perrone. Order this book today!

Frugality and Simple Living ... TOP

Living on Less: An authoritative guide to affordable food, fuel, and shelter, John Vivian, Mother Earth News. Order this book today!

Making Ends Meet: How single mothers survive welfare and low-wage work, Kathryn Edin, Laura Lein. Compares the survival strategies of welfare mothers and those of the working poor. Not a left-right book, just the facts. Order this book today!

Wealth on Minimal Wage: Living well on less, James Steamer. Basically, this is how to live an $80,000 lifestyle on $20,000 in income, without going into credit card debt overload. The author has $350,000 in NET assets, accumulated over 11 years, with a combined household salary that hasn't exceeded $21,000 a year. Order this book today!

Tightwad Gazette: promoting thrift as a viable alternative lifestyle, Amy Dacyczyn, one of the leaders of the frugalista movement shows how to save money. Order this book today! Tightwad Gazette II, more information from the same author. Order this book today. Tightwad Gazette III, still more information. Order this book today! The themes of these books: Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.

Less Is More: The art of voluntary poverty, an anthology of ancient and modern voices raised in praise of simplicity, Goldian Vandenbrock, editor. Order this book today!

A Place Called Simplicity, Claire Cloninger. A warm invitation to a life of simplicity, Christian orientation. Order this book today!

Mortgage Free: radical strategies for home ownership, a Real Goods Independent Living book. Order this book today!

1001 Bright Ideas to Stretch your Dollars, Pinch your Pennies, Hoard your Quarters, Collar your Dollars, Cynthia G. Yates. Piles of ideas. Order this book today!

Making Ends Meet: How single mothers survive welfare and low-wage work, Kathryn Edin, Laura Lein. Compares the survival strategies of welfare mothers and those of the working poor. Not a left-right book, just the facts. Order this book today!

Wealth on Minimal Wage: Living well on less, James Steamer. Basically, this is how to live an $80,000 lifestyle on $20,000 in income, without going into credit card debt overload. The author has $350,000 in NET assets, accumulated over 11 years, with a combined household salary that hasn't exceeded $21,000 a year. Order this book today!

Shattering the Two-Income Myth: Daily secrets for living well on one income, Andy Dappen. Order this book today!

Feed a Family of Four for as Low as Ten Dollars per Week: and enjoy a nibble of independence, Marilynn Phipps. Order this book today!

The Simple Life, Larry Roth, editor. Essays by leading frugalistas on saving money and using your resources wisely and prudently. Order this book today!

The Busy Mom's Guide to Simple Living: Creative ideas and practical ways for making the most out of what you have, Jackie Wellwood. A mother of six offers ways to determine priorities, blend responsibilities, and simplify life. Order this book today!

Saving Money Any Way You Can: how to become a frugal family, Mike Yorkey. This perhaps should also be indexed in the shopping area, super shoppers tell their tales in this book. Advises people to pray before shopping, Christian orientation. Order this book today!

The Best of Living Cheap News: Practical advice on saving money and living well, Larry Roth. The Living Cheap newsletter has piles of money-saving articles, tips, and advice. Order this book today!

Frugal Luxuries: Simple pleasures to enhance your life and comfort your soul, Tracey McBride. Creator of the Frugal Times: Making Do with Dignity newsletter. Order this book today!

The Simple Living Guide: Sourcebook for less stressful, more joyful living, Janet Luhrs. Covers all the basics, time management, families, money, work, clutter, gardening. Author is the founder of Simple Living Journal. Order this book today!

Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a way of life that is outwardly simple, inwardly rich, Duane Elgin. A primary text for those seeking liberation from enslavement to a job and pursuit of status symbols. Order this book today!

How to Survive Without a Salary: Learning how to live the conserver lifestyle, Charles Long. A no-nonsense guide. Get by with less, make do with what you have. Order this book today!

Less Is More: The art of voluntary poverty, an anthology of ancient and modern voices raised in praise of simplicity, Goldian Vandenbrock, editor. Order this book today!

Miserly Moms, Jonni McCoy, shows how mothers who work in the home contribute to the well being of the family and the economy, short on sermonizing, lots of practicalities about how to do it. Has Eleven Miserly guidelines, e.g. "Don't confuse frugality with depriving yourself." Order this book today!

The Best of the Cheapskate monthly: Simple tips for l iving lean in the 1990s, Mary Hunt. A reformed spendthrift gives advice on saving money, includes recipes, formulas, recycling tips, and more. Order this book today!

Raising Kids With Just A Little Cash, Lisa Reid. High quality life at a low cost. Order this book today!

Foxfire Series ... TOP

The Original Foxfire Book, hog dressing, log cabin building, mountain crafts and foods, planting by the signs, snake lore, hunting tales, faith healing, moon lore. Order this book today!

Foxfire 2, ghost stories, spring wild plant foods, spinning and weaving, midwifing, burial customs, corn shuckin's, wagon making, and more affairs of rural living.Order this book today!

Foxfire 3, animal care, banjos and dulcimers, hide tanning, summer and fall wild plant foods, butter churns, ginseng and still more affairs of plain folks. Order this book today!

Foxfire 4, fiddle making, springouses, horse trading, sassafras tea, berry buckets, gardening, and further affairs of plain living. Order this book today!

Foxfire 5, ironmaking, blacksmithing, flintlock rifles, bear hunting, and other affairs of plain living. Order this book today!

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Foxfire 9, general stores, the Jud Newson wagon, a praying rock, a Catawba Indian potter, an hant tles, quilting, home cures, and log cabins revisited. Order this book today!

Foxfire 10, railroad lore, boardinghouses, depression-era Appalachia, chair making, whirligigs, snake canes, and goard art, Order this book today!

Cooking and meals ... TOP

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. Order this book today!

Laurel's Kitchen Recipes, by Laurel Robertson, Carol Flinders, Brian Ruppenthal. The recipes from the original 1970s era cookbook, but without the appendix, and in its place, a longer intro with some of the same material. Order this book today!

The Laurel's Kitchen Bread Book, by Laurel Robertson et al., everything you need to know about baking light and fluffy whole grain breads. Order this book today!

Laurel's Kitchen Caring: recipes for everyday home caregiving, Laurel Robertson et al., foods to prepare for people who are ill, including recipes for full liquid diets. Encourages home cooking for the healing values it offers. She reminds us that the goal is to make two people well -- the caregiver and the patient. Based on her practical experience, includes practical advice, herbal teas that work, much more. . Order this book today!

Once-a-Month Cooking, Mimi Wilson, Mary Lagerborg, Mary Wilson. For busy people who need to spend less time in the kitchen, yet want quality meals. Provides two different complete plans for cooking an entire month's meals in a single day. Order this book today!

The Perfect Mix: Bread, soup, dessert, and other homemade mixes from your kitchen, Diane Phillips. Author is a cooking teacher and describes 90 easy mixes to make, time savings, packaging ideas. Order this book today!

Eat Healthy for $50 a Week: Feed your family nutritious, delicious meals for less, Rhonda Barfield. Recipes, helpful hints, shopping lists. Order this book today!

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, one of Amazon.com's top 5,000 books. Order this book today!

Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, Deborah Madison. 800 recipes, from the simple to the complicated, plus lots of info about ingredients. Order this book today!

Dinners in the Freezer, More Mary and Less Martha, Jill Bond. A home and time management manual with ideas for meals, working smarter in the kitchen, getting the most out of your time, methods, tips, recipes, great anecdotes. Order this book today!

Once-a-Month Cooking, Mimi Wilson, Mary Lagerborg, Mary Wilson. For busy people who need to spend less time in the kitchen, yet want quality meals. Provides two different complete plans for cooking an entire month's meals in a single day. Order this book today!

The Southern Living Complete Do-Ahead Cookbook, from Today's Gourmet, Ann Harvey, editor. Takes the hassle out of meal planning, timesaving recipes, menus to make ahead and freeze for later. Over 300 recipes. Order this book today!

Make-A-Mix, Karine Eliason, Nevada Harard, Madeline Westover. All kinds of mixes to save time and produce tasty treats in your kitchen. Order this book today!

The Perfect Mix: Bread, soup, dessert, and other homemade mixes from your kitchen, Diane Phillips. Author is a cooking teacher and describes 90 easy mixes to make, time savings, packaging ideas. Order this book today!

Cheapskate in the Kitchen, Mary Hunt. Guides even an inexperienced cook through basics of gourmet cooking, at a fraction of the cost, kitchen equipment, recipes, substitutes, ingredients. Order this book today!

The Fresh Foods Country Cookbook, Mother Earth News editors and staff. Order this book today!

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. Order this book today!

Solar Cooking: A Primer/Cookbook, Harriet Kofalk, Warren Jefferson. Three dozen recipes, plus diagrams for making an inexpensive solar cooker. Order this book today!

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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. Order this book today!

Where There Is No Dentist, Murray Dickson, based on the same themes as "No Doctor", oriented towards dental care. Order this book today!

Lifetime Encyclopedia of Natural Remedies, Myra Cameron. Order this book today!

The Streetmedic's Handbook, Owen Traynor, Patrick Coonan, Jonathan Rubens, Thomas Rahilly. From classroom to the field, essential information for all emergencies, Id's the most common paramedic emergencies by sympton and addresses each. Order this book today!

The Encyclopedia of Natural Remedies, Louise Tenney, easy to understand herbal remedies. Order this book today!

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Energy ... TOP

The Harrowsmith Country Life Guide to Wood Heat, Dirk Thomas. Order this book today!

The Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook, the complete guide to renewable energy technologies and sustainable living, Real Goods staff. As the title says, it is complete. Order this book today!

The Solar Electric House: Energy for the environmentally-responsive, energy-independent house, Steve Strong. Order this book today!

Consumer Guide to Solar Energy: Easy and inexpensive applications for solar energy, Scott Sklar, Kenneth Sheinkopf. Order this book today!

The Fuel Savers: A kit of solar ideas for your home, apartment, or business, Bruce Anderson, editor. Order this book today!

The Independent Home: Living well with power from the sun, wind, and water, a Real Goods Independent Living book, Michael Potts, John Schaeffer. Transform your home into an energy-efficient, comfortable, self-sustaining home of the future. Order this book today!

Practical Photovoltaics: Electricity from solar cells; Richard Komp. Order this book today!

Wind Power for Home and Business: Renewable energy for the 1990s and beyond, Paul Gipe. The comprehensive guide to wind power for home, business, and farm. Order this book today!

Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings, 5th edition, Alex Wilson, John Morrill. Comprehensive access, clear language, you don't have to be a technician to understand it. Order this book today!

Homemade Money: How to save energy and dollars in your home, Richard Heede, Owen Bailey, Rocky Mountain Institute. Offered by the preeminent energy think tank in the US. Order this book today!

The New Solar Electric Home: the photovoltaics how-to handbook, Joel Davidson. The classic in the field. Order this book today!

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Nuclear War Survival Skills, Cresson Kearney. Mr. Kearney was a government scientist who developed a series of ideas on how families could survive nuclear attacks, in some situations anyway. Includes the plans for the famous Kearney Fallout Meter, which is a radiation detector you can build out of materials found in your home, and that operates on static electricity. I have built one of these myself, years ago. Order this book today!

Life After Doomsday, Bruce Clayton. I bought this book in the early 1980s, together with Nuclear War Survival Skills, put them in a plastic bag, and tossed them in the back of the trunk of my car, just in case. They've never been needed, but it is one of those books that given the modern world, everybody should have -- just in case. Order this book today!

The Emergency Evacuation of Cities: a cross-national historical and geographical study, Zelinsky and Kosinski. Order this book today!

Beginners Guide to Family Preparedness: Food storage, back to basics, survival facts, Rosalie Mason. One of the Amazon.com's top 2000 (#1622). Order this book today!

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