Call me crazy, but learning and researching are two of my favorite past times. Last week, I got the bright idea to dive more into homesteading topics, and from that another idea spawned of sharing with you my homestead library wish list and what is currently in my library.
I was watching a YouTube video… well listening to a video while writing out a list of tasks I needed to complete when I heard the person say, “How would you learn about things if the internet disappeared?“
Immediately, I stopped what I was doing and thought about it for a second. Our dependency for learning online has grow significantly over the years, but the good thing is that other ways of learning are not obsolete.
The obvious answers for learning more about homesteading is with books, hands on experience, and connecting with other homesteaders. In fact, you really do not even need the internet, except for as a way to connect with others. However, that is even optional.
Now I don’t say this to tell you to stop learning online. I just want you to consider what would happen if the internet did not exist.
What books would you want on hand to teach you about homesteading?
This is my wish list that will probably continue to grow over time, and hopefully decrease over time as I acquire some of these books.
Check out the very bottom of this post to see which books I already have in my homestead library.
My Homestead Library Wish List
While I have grouped this list into categories for you to filter through this list easier, it is in no particular order of importance. I believe all of these books are as worthy as the next to have in your homestead library.
General/Broad Homestead Books
The Urban Homestead by Kelly Coyne & Erik Knutzen
The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency by John Seymour
Self-Sufficiency for the 21st Century by Dick & James Strawbridge
The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery
The Backyard Homestead Edited by Carleen Madigan
Folks, This Ain’t Normal by Joel Salatin
The Doable Off-Grid Homestead by Stewart & Shannon Stronger
Back to Basics By Abigail Gehring
The Do It Yourself Homestead by Tessa Zundel
The Five-Year Guide to Self-Sufficiency by Amelia Barrows
DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowner by Betsy Matheson
The Resilient Farm & Homestead by Ben Falk
The Ultimate Self-Sufficiency Handbook by Abigail Gehring
The Good Life by Scott Nearing and Helen Nearing
The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs by Tristan Gooley
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver and Camille Kingsolver
Restoration Agriculture by Mark Shepard
No Dig Organic Home & Gardening by Charles Dowding and Stephanie Hafferty
How to Grow Winter Vegetables by Charles Dowding
The Market Gardener by Jean-Martin Fortier
Grow for Flavor by James Wong
The Woodland Homestead by Bret McLeod
How to Grow More Vegetables by John Jeavons
Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte
The Resilient Gardener by Carol Deppe
Lasagna Gardening by Patricia Lanza
Seed to Seed by Suzanne Ashworth and David Cavagnaro
The Wild Wisdom of Weeds by Katrina Blair
The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion by Amy Fewell
Kitchen / Food Preserving
The Creative Kitchen by Stephanie Hafferty
Fermented Vegetables by Christopher Shockey and Kirsten K. Shockey
Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
From Scratch by Shaye Elliot
The Kitchen Pantry Cookbook by Erin Coopey
Meat & Potatoes by Rahm Fama
Root Cellaring by Mike Bubel and Nancy Bubel
A Cabin Full of Food by Marie Beausoleil
Saving the Season by Kevin West
Homemaking / Herbalism
Little House Living by Merissa A. Alink
Pure Soapmaking by Anne-Marie Faiola
Better Homes and Gardens: Complete Guide to Quilting, More than 750 Step-by-Step Color Photographs
Stitch by Stitch: Learning to Sew, One Project at a Time by Deborah Moebes
A to Z of Crochet: The Ultimate Guide for the Beginner to Advanced Crocheter by Martingale
The Knit Stitch Pattern Handbook: An of 300 Designer Stitches and Techniques by Melissa Leapman
Healing Herbal Infusions by Colleen Codekas
Alchemy of Herbs by Rosalee De La Foret
The Country Almanac of Home Remedies by Brigitte Mars and Chrystle Fiedler
Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes
Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs
Cows for the Smallholder by Val Porter
Hobby Farm Animals: A Comprehensive Guide to Raising Chickens, Ducks, Rabbits, Goats, Pigs, Sheep, and Cattle
by Sue Weaver and Ann Larkin Hansen
Storey’s Guide to Raising Ducks, 2nd Edition: Breeds, Care, Health by David Holderread
Duck Eggs Daily: Raising Happy, Healthy Ducks…Naturally by Lisa Steele
The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals by Gail Damerow
The Small-Scale Poultry Flock by Harvey Ussery
Fresh Eggs Daily by Lisa Steele
Butchering Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat, and Pork by Adam Danforth
The Dairy Goat Handbook: For Backyard, Homestead, and Small Farm by Ann Starbard
Holistic Goat Care by Gianaclis Caldwell
Storey’s Guide to Raising Pigs, 4th Edition: Care, Facilities, Management, Breeds by Kelly Klober
Homegrown Pork: Humane, Healthful Techniques for Raising a Pig for Food by Sue Weaver
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My Current Homestead Library List
These are all of the books I currently have. If you would like for me to do a review for any of them, please comment below to let me know!
The Prairie Homestead Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Heritage Cooking in Any Kitchen by Jill Winger
Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
The Heirloom Life Gardener by Jere and Emilee Gettle
The Baker Creek Vegan Cookbook by Jere and Emilee Gettle
The Weekend Homesteader by Anna Hess [I was just gifted this book, and I am so excited to read it!]
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime – Comfort Classics, Freezer Food, 16-minute Meals, and Other Delicious Ways to Solve Supper by Ree Drummond [not sure if you could classify this as a homestead book necessarily, but I’m counting it!]
As you can tell, I have a long ways to go before I have a full library of homestead books, but I think the journey of adding to my homestead library will be the best part.
What this also shows you is my dependence of online learning. Hopefully with curating this library, I can rely more on a physical book to help me as the homestead grows.
What books are on your wish list? What books would you recommend that should be added to my list?