Prepping Begins at 40

The title above is a perversion of an old saying that “Life begins at 40.” Only in this case, the 40 refers to The Encyclopedia of Country Living–40th Anniversary Edition. And if you don’t yet have a copy of it, then let the prepping begin at 40.

OK, that’s a round about way to introduce the book review of this long revered volume as it appears in the May/June 2013 issue of “Backwoods Home Magazine” (Issue #141). It’s written by well known and trusted homesteader Jackie Clay-Atkinson. An excerpt appears below.


Book Review:

The Encyclopedia
of Country Living
By Carla Emery
40th Anniversary Edition

Reviewed by Jackie Clay-Atkinson

Are you a new homesteader? Perhaps you have dreams and plans to become one sometime in the near future? Maybe you’re an old-timer, like me, needing a piece of information from time to time? This is definitely the book for you! If I could only have one comprehensive how-to book on self-reliant living (and I think I’ve read them all), this would be it. As a matter of fact, I have two copies of this book myself.

Where most books fail by providing sketchy (or incorrect) information on select subjects, The Encyclopedia of Country Living is filled with simple down-to-brass-tacks, detailed information on so many aspects of homesteading. After all, where else would you find almost all you would want to know about delivering a baby, making breads, keeping bees, canning, building a barn, foraging wild foods, making soap, raising animals, making vinegar, cheese, recipes for using nearly every food imaginable, and tons more?

Read the whole article here:

Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine. 1-800-835-2418.


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Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.