“For the suburbanite with just enough space for a
little garden to the die-hard homesteaders and everyone in
between, The Encyclopedia of Country Living makes for both
fascinating reading and a truly essential reference source. You
won’t find a more complete source of step-by-step information
about growing, processing, cooking and preserving every kind of
food—from the garden, the orchard, the field or the barnyard!”
Rodale Book Club
"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 Encyclopedia
of Country Living."
“This book is a monument to the coevolution of a person and an
idea. As folk literature. . . this book should be shelved in your
collection between the Foxfire books and Alicia Bay Laurel’s
Living on Earth.”
Whole Earth catalog
“Urbanites will find the recipes and resources list. . . useful,
the trivia interesting. . . and Emery’s personal reflections. . .
compelling. Even readers with no plans to raise sheep, sell
homemade cheese or plant millet will find this a fascinating
"Packed with old wisdom as well as up-to-date websites and
mail-order sources to make country living easier."
“Although mainly a modern individualist’s resource on how to grow
and prepare food, this work is much more. As one astonished
browser acclaimed, ‘Is there anything this book doesn’t tell you
how to do?’”
"If you’re thinking about ditching the city and reconnecting with
a simpler, more direct way of life, living the self-sufficient
lifestyle full-bore, or just living more directly and simply
where you are right now, The Encyclopedia covers a wealth of
information to keep you on target."
Lehman's Country Living
"If I could only have one comprehensive how-to book on
self-reliant living, this would be it."
Backwoods Home Magazine
"The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery is one of my
favorite finds. It is a guide to all things country and, for
those of us that don’t get down on the farm as often as we would
like to, it is a mini vacation from the asphalt jungle. ...a warm
and inviting trip to your Grandmother’s kitchen table and that,
alone, is reason enough to pick up a copy for your own library."
The Jefferson County Post
"While it is impossible for one book to have everything you need,
'The Encyclopedia of Country Living' does an exceptional job of
giving you the most bang for your buck when it comes to needing a
single resource where you are likely to find the answer to your
country living questions."
Outdoor Self Reliance
"Practical advice, invaluable information, and collected wisdom
for folks and farmers in the country, city, and anywhere in
Territorial Seed catalog
About the Author
Carla Emery lived on a farm in Idaho for more than
thirty years as a wife, mother of seven, home-schooler,
goat-keeper, garden-grower, writer, and country-living
instructor. She wrote and self-published the first editions of
The Encyclopedia of Country Living during the early 1970s and
also ran her "School of Country Living." Carla sold nearly 90,000
copies of her self-published editions, traveling the country to
promote it and appearing on such shows as The Mike Douglas Show,
The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The Phil Donahue Show, and
Good Morning America, where she demonstrated country-living
skills such as goat-milking, bread-making, and butter-churning.
When Sasquatch Books published the 9th Edition of Encyclopedia in
1994, Carla continued to travel the country promoting and selling
the book, and teaching the timeless skills of country living.
Carla cultivated a large and loyal following across the country.
Carla passed away in 2005.