This is the time of the year that I actually have a few minutes to sit down and read up on things. I love books, and have a bad habit of needing to own them all. The picture above shows a sampling of the many books I own. I love books on gardening, homesteading, preserving, frugality, and well, you get the idea.
At the library yesterday, there was a copy of John Jeavons book, The Sustainable Vegetable Garden. Its very interesting and extremely detailed. I need more though. My library is pretty pathetic these days as a result of budget cuts, but I have lots of credits on paperbackswap.com.
Some books that I really love are in the picture above. Carla Emery's Encyclopedia of Country Living is amazing. There is so much information in that book on everything from gardening to being frugal, cooking, preserving and raising and butchering animals. Just amazing.
I also really love Eliot Coleman's book Four Season Harvest. It has so much practical information on season extension for your garden.
The frugalista in me loves The Tightwad Gazette. Its funny to read it, since although it was written about 15 years ago, the economy was doing poorly then and there were lots of people looking into the frugal lifestyle. Her basic recipes are wonderful to make something from just about any ingredients you happen to have laying around. Some things are outdated, but overall its a wonderful resource.
Some other good ones are Seed to Seed by Suzanne Ashworth. My sister in law is currently borrowing it, so it isn't pictured. It has everything you ever wanted to know about saving your own seed. Then there are all the preserving books, like Root Cellaring by the Bubels, Mary Bell's Complete Dehydrator cookbook and Ball's complete book of Home Preserving.
Recently I've been reading more on the local food and sustainability fronts. Sharon Astyk has 3 books out right now with a fourth on the way, so far my favorite has been Independence Days. I also really enjoyed Animal, Vegetable, Mineral by Barbara Kingsolver and The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan.
Please share some of your favorites with me.