January 14, 2011

The Manual of Practical Homesteading

I bought The Manual of Practical Homesteading by John Vivian (Rodale Press Book Division, 1975) this past year for a whopping $0.96, and the title pretty much sums it up.  I haven't read the whole thing, but it's no-nonsense and direct which is kinda refreshing.  There's an entire chapter devoted to slaughtering and dressing animals:

There are also many chapters on general chores from collecting firewood to germinating seeds to canning/preserving:

If you manage to come across this book, I'd recommend scooping it up especially if you can find it at the price I did.  There's a lot of instructions for doing a lot of varied tasks that might be useful even if you aren't homesteading.


  1. What a great find!!! My husband gave a me a similar one for my birthday last year and it is so much fun to read!!!

  2. I love Rodale Press books. They are indeed very instructional. I hope some of the folks that started homesteading had a little knowledge under their belt before setting out into the world on their own with only a book.


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