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WILD FOOD BOOKS
Nature’s Garden by Samuel Thayer.
About foraging. Very detailed accounts of some great plants. Somewhat biased toward the Eastern states, but if acorns grow in your area it is probably worth it just for the 50 page section on harvesting and preparing them.
Forager’s Harvest Press 2010
The Forager’s Harvest by Samuel Thayer.
About foraging. Very detailed accounts of some great plants. Again, somewhat biased towards the Eastern states, but packed with useful information for any aspiring forager where ever they live.
Forager’s Harvest Press 2006
It Will Live Forever by Beverly R. Ortiz as told by Julia F. Parker.
About traditional acorn preparation. Teaches traditional Miwok/Paiute methods of harvesting, processing, and cooking acorns.
Heyday Books 1991
Hunt, Gather, Cook by Hank Shaw.
About foraging, fishing, and hunting. Covers a decent number of (mostly widespread) plants, as well as a lot of animals. Not so useful for identification, but very very good for gourmet recipes.
Abundantly Wild by Teresa Marrone.
About foraging and cooking. Covers a very large number of plants (from the midwest/northeast) and a few mushrooms in decent detail. Not real useful for identification, but very good as a cookbook and overview of a lot of species.
Adventure Publications 2004
SIMPLE LIVING BOOKS
The Resilient Gardener by Carol Deppe.
About resiliency, growing staple crops in less than optimal circumstances, and so much more. A very compelling, thoughtful, and human book that never devolves into mere survivalism.
Chelsea Green 2010
The Hand-Sculpted House by Ianto Evans, Michael Smith, and Linda Smiley.
About natural building. Covers how to build a cob cottage, as well as surrounding practical and philosophical concerns.
Chelsea Green 2002
Renewing America’s Food Traditions edited by Gary Paul Nabhan.
About saving traditional American foodways and the ecosystems that support them. This is not a how to book, but features many different foods (wild and domestic) from North America’s various “food nations”.
Chelsea Green 2008
Toolbox for Sustainable City Living by Scott Kellogg and Stacy Pettigrew.
About sustainable city living. Covers food, water, waste, and more. This book is more of an overview than a how to guide, but does cover some projects in fairly good detail. Great illustrations too.
South End Press 2008
Rocket Mass Heaters by Ianto Evans and Leslie Jackson.
About cheap efficient wood stoves. Explains how to make and use a rocket mass heater as well as their strengths and limitations.
Cob Cottage Publications 2006
VARIOUS OTHER BOOKS
Pagan Christianity? by Frank Viola and George Barna.
About the roots of the church’s practices. Covers the concern that a large part of how Christians worship is not based on the Bible, and that the church’s structures impede the development of it’s members.
Tyndale House Publishers 2008