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.