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I found a great out-of-print book last week called Home Food Systems (what a terrible name; I almost didn't pick it up) by the Rodale folks, printed in 1981. It's chock-full (475 pgs) of great info on grains, beans, drying, canning, storage, beekeeping, dairy, animals, and even has a section on "basement aquaculture" (!) (We have had snakes in our basement; wonder if we could eat those?) I would strongly urge people to look for this book. A quick check on shows 2 copies but I bet local used bookstores would also have this. It's hardcover. It's full of wonderful anecdotes and quotes, such as this one from Harry Truman: "No man should be allowed to be President who does not understand hogs, or hasn't been around a manure pile."

-- judy (, January 07, 1999


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Could you be so kind as to provide the ISBN and publisher information for "Home Food Systems?"

Sounds like a great find!


Regards, Bob Mangus # # #

-- Robert Mangus (, January 07, 1999.

How funny that you mentioned this book! Two days ago my dad picked up a book for me at Goodwill also published by Rodale, called "Back to Basics." It sounds like a companion book. It has everything from building a log cabin, including splitting logs and plans, to canning and preserving food, and making a quilt. It also shows what plants to look for to show how deep you need to dig to find water -- really a neat book! It's also hardcover, and dad paid $2.50.

-- jeannie (, January 07, 1999.

The book was published by the Rodale Press, Inc. in 1981, was edited by Roger Yepsen, Jr. and the ISBN for hardcover is 0-87857-325-9 (paperback is same except ends in 320-8). Hope this helps.

-- judy (, January 07, 1999.

These are wonderful resources. Just be very careful on canning by these recipes as the vegies etc have changed and the current recipes are different (eg: tomatoes are NOW so LOW in acid that water bath canning is not recommended.)


-- Chuck, night driver (, January 09, 1999.

That's a very handy book, Judy. I got a softcover copy of it years ago and really like it. It has lots of information on human powered technology too, something that might be useful to know about.

-- Noah Simoneaux (, January 10, 1999.

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