Here is a list of books you would do well to put on your winter reading list if you are interested in old fashioned skills.  Most of these books I own or have owned and have gained a great deal of information and old fashioned knowledge from. I know the authors of several of them, too, so I can vouch for those that the author is living the life they write about.

You can buy them all from these links if you like. If you do, CHK gets a small fee.  These are the books that I recommend if you are trying to learn about how to live a more self reliant lifestyle.


Down Home Ways – Jerry Mack

Skills For Simple Living – Hartley and Marks


Pearls Of Country Living

Pearls Of Country Wisdom – by Deborah Tukua


Back To Basics

Back To Basics – Readers Digest


Herbal Medicine

The Herbal Medicine-Makers Handbook – James Green


Fermenting Foods

Idiot’s Guide to Fermenting Food – Wardeh Harmon


Whole Wheat Bread Making

Whole Wheat Bread Baking – Donna Miller


Encyclopedia Of Country Living

Encyclopedia Of  Country Living – Carla Emery


Preserving Foods

Preserving Food Without Canning Or Freezing-The Gardeners and Farmers of Centre Terre Vivante


Home Grown Whole Grains

Home Grown Whole Grains – Sarah Pitzer


Root Cellaring

Root Cellaring – Mike Bubel


Basic Butchering

Basic Butchering of Livestock and Game– John J. Mettler


Keeping A Family Cow

 Keeping A Family Cow – Joann Grohman


Practical Beekeeping

The Practical Beekeeper – Natural Beekeeping – Michael Bush ( I don’t own this book but it comes with great reviews from my friend who does raise bees and uses this book)


Water Storage

Water Storage – Art Ludwig (there may be a newer edition than this, don’t know )


Surviving Off Off-Grid

Surviving Off Off-Grid – Michael Bunker – This is not a “How-To” book but a book about the different philosophies of living in a self reliant way. Good reading, thought provoking.