Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from Consumer Culture by Shannon Hayes. I list this first not because it is a great homesteading book but because it was the first book that brought me to where I am in homesteading. Do not look for this book for skills but instead theoretical and academic insight into exactly what the subtitle says, “reclaiming domesticity from consumer culture.” This book helped me work through some issues I had with balancing feminism and the stay-at-home-woman. It also first showed me that leaving academia for a path in homesteading isn’t as crazy as it seemed.
Backyard Market Gardening: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Selling What You Grow by Andrew Lee. While this book was published over 20 years ago it remains really up to date. I loved ready this book and found it full of fantastic advice. I’m amazed at how many farmer’s market vendors don’t use these old tactics for customer service. Not listed under Gardening because it contains little to no actual growing information. It is much more about harvesting, marketing, and selling your produce on a small scale for self-sufficiency.