Country Living Books You’ll Love points you in the right direction for books on your home, food, and life that will please your inner farm girl. You don’t have to actually live on a farm to enjoy all the bounties this life has to offer.
“The simple life on the farm was everything to me. Nothing was more relaxing after a long plane flight than to reach the winding driveway that led up to my house. The quiet of the night was more soothing than a sleeping pill.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
If you crave open spaces and the simpler way of life, why not weave some those elements into where you are today – even if you live in the city center?
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Do you dream of owning your own slice of paradise? Then start making it a reality by changing your lifestyle bit by bit.
Here are the Country Living Books You’ll Love:
1) A Touch of Farmhouse Charm: Easy DIY Projects to Add a Warm and Rustic Feel to Any Room by Liz Fourez
If you’re looking for inspiration, look no further than this book. The author restored her family’s 1940’s home to its prior glory and used DIY projects to add charm to every room.
The projects are for all levels of DIYers. Some of the projects are a Simple Rustic Ladder, Monogrammed Doormat, Herb Planter Box, and Shabby Pennant Banner.
If you click on the book, Amazon will let you take a peek inside.
If you’re looking to add delicious southern recipes to your culinary experiences, look no further than this book. With over 150 recipes and stories that give you a glimpse into farm life, you can’t go wrong.
Recipes like cantaloupe margaritas, sage-rubbed pork chops, and teacakes with grilled peaches and yogurt, your taste buds will be happy you bought this.
This wonderful decorating book will transform your urban dwelling into a farmhouse-inspired look that will bring tranquility and loveliness that rural living is famous for creating.
Kim Leggett is a favorite designer of the stars that crave the simple rustic look, including Ralph Lauren. She shows you her secrets on creating a welcoming country look into your home.
Are you dreaming of running away from it all and starting a farm? This book is a good place to start. In 2003, Brent Preston and his family bought 100 acres and a rundown farmhouse and learned how to succeed in the business of farming.
City-slickers turned farmers will give you a peek behind the curtain of what it is really like to build a farm from scratch, romantic notions tossed aside.
Infuse your home with vintage items to create warmth and style that is unique to you.
I loved this book, and so did most of the other people who read it according to the reviews. Love makes us do crazy things and for Kristin Kimball that meant from being a New York City journalist to moving to upstate New York and becoming a farmer.
You will never look at food the same after reading this book.
Inspired by their trips to Belguim and France, Brook and Steve Giannetti moved from their Santa Monica home to build a life on a farm.
What a farm it is! Any animal lover will enjoy the photographs of donkeys strolling through the gardens and happy sheep enjoying their delightful quarters.
With almost 500,000 Instagram followers, Erin Benzakein knows a thing or two about flowers. This gorgeous guide inspires the reader to grow your own flowers to create seasonal arrangements that will make every home happy.
If you love flowers and gardening, then this is the book for you.
Who the heck doesn’t love homemade jam? Now making your own preserves just got easier with this book. Learn the author’s tried and true cooking methods and how to plan a jam-maker’s garden. Grandma would be so proud.
10) The Chicken Chick’s Guide to Backyard Chickens: Simple Steps for Healthy, Happy Hens by Kathy Shea Mormino
To say Kathy Shea Mormino’s readers are happy they bought this book is an understatement. They love how straight-forward the author is about sharing her chicken knowledge.
This book is the perfect book for that friend that’s planning on getting chickens but doesn’t know where to start – even if that “friend” is you.
Make sure you preorder her follow-up book due out June 2018 on Amazon: Lifestyles of the Chicken Famous. You can find out what the new book is about by clicking the picture below.
If seasonal cooking is what you love, then you’ll love this book. Delicious results will inspire you to dive even deeper into the recipes and try them out on friends and family.
Salt-roasted red snapper, vinegar-braised chicken legs, and sour cherry sorbet are just a few of the recipes inside.
12) The Cheesemaking Workshop: Handmade cheeses and the beautiful meals they create by Lyndall Dykes
This book is another preorder that is due to be published September 2018.
If you’re looking for micro-changes to update your home, then you’ll want to take a look at this newly published book.
Sometimes looking at your home with fresh eyes and making slight changes can transform a space into the nurturing environment that you crave. This book will help you get there.
What happens when you take a big city pastry chef from a supper club, and she moves to a small village in Vermont to become a Bed and Breakfast pastry chef?
You’ll find out in this delightful new novel. Take a look at the reviews on Amazon.
15) The Ultimate Guide to Raising Farm Animals: A Complete Guide to Raising Chickens, Pigs, Cows, and More by Laura Childs, Jessie Shiers, Kate Rowinski, Michael and Audrey Levatino
With all those authors contributing, you know this is going to be a good book. Do you have dreams of raising your own farm animals?
This new comprehensive guide will steer you in the right direction on ideas of how to make your dream a reality.
This book is another preorder. It will be published in May 2018. Use simple ingredients and turn them into superfoods with this handy guide.
17) Beehive Alchemy: Projects and recipes using honey, beeswax, propolis, and pollen to make your own soap, candles, creams, salves, and more by Petra Ahnert
A full range of products and techniques to take advantage of the benefits of beekeeping is what this book will teach you. The release date for this book is August 2018, so make sure you preorder.
Petra’s previous book with rave reviews is here: Beeswax Alchemy: How to Make Your Own Soap, Candles, Balms, Creams, and Salves from the Hive
18) Start Your Farm: The Authoritative Guide to Becoming a Sustainable 21st Century Farmer by Forrest Pritchard and Ellen Polishuk
Take five decades of experience of profitable farming and put it in a book, that’s what you’ll find inside these pages. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until September 2018 to get your hands on your copy.
September 2018 can’t come soon enough. I want this book desperately. If you don’t know who Shaye Elliott is, check out my book review of her Welcome to the Farm Cookbook.
Heartwarming stories and recipes go hand in hand. A New England farm girl that moved to North Carolina knows how to make food that wows her family and friends and now shares her secrets with you.
Recipes like Cranberry-Walnut Chicken Salad, Brown Sugar Mustard Chicken, and Southern Fried Apple Hand Pies will make your tastebuds dance.
We’ve reached the end of Country Living Books You’ll Love. I hope you enjoyed looking at books that will nudge you into a more simple way of living.
Let me know in the comments below what your favorite Country Living Book is and why.
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