Holiday Gift Guide: Favorite Homesteading Books

For your Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping, we’re excited to share ten of our favorite homesteading books that would make great gifts for many people on your list. We didn’t want to play favorites — and besides, it would have been way too challenging to rank these — so they are simply listed here alphabetically.

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The Art of Natural CheesemakingThis would be the perfect gift for someone who has cows, goats, or sheep and wants to learn how to make cheese without the use of commercial starters. Read our book review here.




Epic Tomatoes — When its cold outside, reading this book will help you think ahead to summertime and warmer weather. It would be perfect to have on hand while flipping through seed catalogs and comparing different varieties to try in your garden next summer. Read our review here.



The Herb Lover’s Spa Book — This makes a great gift for someone who deserves a little pampering. You could also pair it up with a gift certificate to a local massage therapist. Check out our review here.



The Holistic Orchard — For anyone thinking of starting their own orchard or looking for ways to improve their growing techniques, the simple and cost effective methods covered in this book would be very helpful. Our review is here.



Homegrown Pork — This comprehensive guide to raising pigs will endear many people on your gift list to these intelligent and entertaining animals if they’re not already. It includes guidance for purchasing, feeding, and handling pigs as well as delicious recipes for homegrown pork. Read our book review here.



Mycelial Mayhem — Many homesteaders, gardeners, and foodies would likely be delighted to receive this book. It’s an excellent guide for growing interesting and delicious types of mushrooms beyond the white button and portobellos typically found in grocery stores. Check out our book review here.



Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture — This would be a great gift for beginning or seasoned beekeepers. The book focuses on natural, nontoxic beehive management including keeping bees without harmful antibiotics, pesticides, and other chemicals. See our review here.



Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide — If you know someone who wants to get started with using herbs medicinally, this is the classic beginner’s guide. Read our book review here.



Temple Grandin’s Guide to Working with Farm Animals — For the animal lover in your life, especially if they happen to own large livestock or are thinking of getting started with cattle, sheep, goats, or pigs. See our book review here.


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