I have to start by saying that most of the books I review are on
My Bookshelf page. I don't review or recommend books I don't like. My mom always told me "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."
Each book has a link to my Amazon Store. If you purchase anything using the link (As long as you stay on the link or page until checkout) I make a small percentage on almost everything. Bonus: It doesn't even have to be an item I listed. Every bit helps and is always appreciated!
Backyard Homesteading: A Back-to-Basics Guide to Self-Sufficiency
First things I noticed about this book, Made in the USA and printed on recycled paper! YES!
Second, if I wasn't already working my own backyard homestead I would definitely be inspired to start! The book is an easy read with plenty of illustrations. I learn best by reading and then seeing so this book is a must.
After reading the section on Growing Fruit, Berries and Nuts I'm thinking about adding a dwarf fruit tree (which can be grown in a container) and Blueberries (which require acidic soil).
Backyard Chickens? Check!
A modern backyard homestead book would not be complete without a section on canning. An extra treat I found in Backyard Homesteading is a section on brewing beer and making wine.
Backyard Homesteading may not be as in-depth as Carla Emery's Encyclopedia of Country Living (more on that later!) but it's a great starter for urban homesteaders.