Skip to Main Content

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Living

Beekeeping, Canning and Preserving, Cheese Making, Disaster Preparedness, Fermenting, Growing Vegetables, Keeping Chickens, Raising Livestock, Soap Making, and more!

Published by Skyhorse
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

Packed with step-by-step instructions, useful tips, time-honored wisdom, and both illustrations and photographs, this might just be the most comprehensive guide to back to basics living ever published. Fans of Back to Basics, Homesteading, and Self-Sufficiency have been asking for a one-stop resource for all the subjects covered in that successful series. In response, Gehring has compiled a massive, beautifully presented, single volume that covers canning and preserving, keeping chickens, fermenting, soap-making, how to generate your own energy, how to build a log cabin, natural medicine, cheese-making, maple sugaring, farm mechanics, and much, much more.

Whether you own one hundred acres or rent a studio apartment in the city, this book has plenty of ideas to inspire you. Learn how to build a log cabin or how to craft handmade paper; find out how to install a solar panel on your roof or brew your own tea from dried herbs; Cure a ham, bake a loaf of bread, or brew your own beer. This book has something for everyone.

About The Author

Abigail R. Gehring is the author or editor of more than a dozen books including Back to BasicsHomesteadingThe Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Living, and Classic Candy. She enjoys writing, gardening, experimenting in the kitchen, and spending time with family. She lives with her husband and two children in an 1800s farmstead they are restoring in Marlboro, Vermont.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Skyhorse (October 26, 2011)
  • Length: 896 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781628732191

Raves and Reviews

". . . a comprehensive reference guide with information about keeping animals, growing a garden, and even making furniture." —J. Klemann

"Very helpful and educational." —D. Pitsko

"Love this manual. It covers all the basics. It's well written and has lots of pictures." —J. Harvey 

"This book is the quintessential country life guide. It has almost anything you could need to know about living more naturally, raising farm animals, and even plenty of helpful how-tos about fixing or installing household standards. I'd recommend this book to city dwellers and farm folk!" —H. Baker

"Over the years I've purchased a library of DIY books. Many of the encyclopedic type books are too general and a paucity of information, until now. This is an exceptional volume of work, surprising detail with fabulous color photographs." —K. Broman

Resources and Downloads

More books from this author: Abigail Gehring