Non Fiction Book Review: Storey’s Basic Country Skills

Storey's Basic Country Skills by M. John Storey

Storey’s Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance
by M. John Storey
5 out of 5 stars

This book has everything you need to know about living in the country, and some things that city folks could learn about too.

There are sections about repairing your home, cultivating your garden, cooking in the country kitchen, and caring for your barn, livestock, and fields. Those sections are divided into smaller chapters with detailed information about installing windows and plumbing, cleaning rugs, harvesting vegetables, composting, keeping rabbits out of your garden, how to build a shed, how to keep chickens and dairy cows, and how to butcher your own meat and freeze it properly. These are only a few of the things included; there are dozens more with excellent advice and instructions.

There are recipes for saltwater taffy, homemade ice cream, and homemade cheese. All the dozens of recipes look so good! There are even instructions for canning and freezing your own produce, and tapping maple trees for your own maple syrup.

My very favorite chapter is the one with detailed instructions on how to build a treehouse! I always wanted one when I was a kid. I was forever climbing trees with an apple and a book in hand.

I love how this book is designed with illustrations, graphs, and lists that help you to navigate all the information and visualize the final results of your labor. There are drawings that can help you identify plants and insects, follow a blueprint for construction, or hang up your curtains at the right height.

The sections and chapters make it easy to find exactly what you are looking for, and that’s good because this book is huge! It’s really quite heavy and full of good information.

I’m just amazed at all the things you can do with the help of this book from making your own soap to sheering sheep.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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