On this page you will find some great resources for Backdoor Survival Readers. Some are affordable books while others are free downloads. Click on the links below for more information.

Defending Your Castle

This book is chock full of tips for making your safe, from people, but also from yourself. Sometimes our biggest threat is ourselves, where fire can devastate what we have built from the inside.

After reading, take a few moments to walk around your home to determine what you can do to make your home and the surrounding area safe from fire, and other threats.

Our Southern Highlanders: A Narrative of Adventure in the Southern Appalachians

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“Our Southern Highlanders” by Horace Kephart is about the old way of living in what is now the Smoky Mountains. It was first published in 1913 and revised in 1922.

The Have More Plan

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The “Have-More Plan” (A Little Land – A Lot of Living) is a 1940 classic devoted to the creation of a small farm. It is a great beginner’s introduction to buying land, gardening, and small-scale agriculture and covers hand tools, hard work and self-sufficiency. The advice is timeless except in it dated view of DDT. Other than that, it does not get any better than this.

The USDA Home Canning Guide

If you are interested in learning how to can and want the basics, the bible is the USDA Home Canning Guide. It simply does not get any better than this.

The Solar Food Dryer

Want to learn more about how you go about dehydrating crops including how to build your own solar dehydrator? This is an exceptional resource on solar dehydrator technologies plus instructions for drying fruits and vegetables.

Dutch Oven Cookbook

Recipes for the original slow cooker and the most versatile pot you can find! Whether you’re cooking savory meals like soups, stews or pot roasts, or even wanting to be able to make a sweet desserts, the Dutch oven is a highly versatile kitchen essential and one we recommend mastering.

A simple free alternative is available here.

Cold-Smoking & Salt-Curing Meat, Fish, & Game

Smoking and curing meat is fun, but it’s serious too. This book is a great read for people who want to be able to safely cure meat, fish and game at home.