Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Back To Eden ” as Want to Read:
Back To Eden
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Back To Eden

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  844 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Now in its expanded, updated revised edition, this is the original classic text (with more than 5-million copies sold) that helped create the natural foods industry. It remains today one of the major texts on herbs, natural diet and lifestyle and holistic health.
Paperback, 936 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Lotus Press (WI) (first published 1939)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Rating details
Sort: Default
Kate Christensen
Jan 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. I felt like it was well worth the effort to get through. However, I feel that to get the most out of Kloss' book, you need to find one that was published while he was alive. There are revisions in here that are appalling. Things that he preached against have been put in by editors or his kids or whoever to make it seem like he believed in it (ie vaccinations). Some things are obvious, but others aren't. I plan on finding an older copy for myself.
DJ Harris
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to DJ by: Nora Edwards
Jehtro Kloss was a great healer. He dedicated his life to learning, and teaching, about; nutrition, personal rights, freedoms, and herbalism. This incredible book was a compulation of his life's work.

I love this book! Use it all the time. A close friend entrusted it to me and I make good use of it. If you want to find out about natural herbs and remedies for various ailments, this book has a wealth of information. Inside the pages of this masterpiece Jehtro Kloss even discusses his personal lif
Pamela Kemp
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference-books
Back to Eden is often referred to as the bible or herbal medicine. It is a must have for anyone interested in gardening and the healing properties of plants. I never finish reading this book because I refer to it over and over again.
Tyshawn Knight
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you are knew to herbal cooking, healthy cooking, gardening, healing yourself then you must begin your journey to healthy living with this book. Consider it America's herb Bible. You will want to buy this and keep it in your library because you will have to refer to it often. In fact, I am on my third copy. I bought my first copy in 1989 and I still have ripped cover on my third copy because I use it so much.
Jul 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
A must read for anyone interested in natural health. Especially important for western/eclectic herbalists. Even though i doubt I'll ever agree with him about soy it was amazing how much Jethro intuitively new.
Nov 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: herb
Read this in connection to a correspondence course on herbal education that I am taking. Interesting that the author knew about the health problems relating to processed food in the early part of the 1900s when it seems like it is a "new discovery" by current authors decrying the same today.
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
(Also posted on my site The Paperback Stash)

Jethro Kloss was a true healer and crusader for nutrition, personal rights, freedoms, and herbalism. This huge book was his biggest work and deserves to be celebrated for what it is: a lifetime gathering of intense study and dedication to the good of man. And why, yes, I DO live to sound dramatic.

He discusses everything he can think of here. While some of his viewpoints and procedures are now frowned upon - and a few of the herbal remedies taken to the
Sep 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all responsible teens & adults
Recommended to Peter by: My sister
The edition I read & used was earlier than this one ( the 70's or 80's ? ) It is amazing for anyone who want's to understand more about specific health-giving properties of natural foods or use natural remedies & foods to improve their health, or overcome a long list of illnesses.

Using a diet of natural / fresh foods high in sulfur,I managed to clear up a girlfriend's serious case of acne in just one week !
Aug 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
This obviously isn't a book that you would read through as if it were a novel, but it is an amazing source of information for those who are just a TINY bit leery of the side affects of modern medicine.
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is fabulous! A must read for anyone wanting to learn the truth about foods, or looking for an introduction into herbal medicine?
Jenni Wilson
Jan 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Great do-it-yourself health information. Some of it's probably a little outdated, but it's still a great reference.
Jared Collier
Nov 04, 2009 is currently reading it
this book is very helpful in telling you how to eat, how to prepare it, how to treat illness, etc... I would advise anyone to read this book, but beware it is a very rare book.
Apr 09, 2009 is currently reading it
This is very interesting so far... I like how he tries to work with the body to heal using diet, baths and massage, and Herbs (in that order), but I'm only two chapters into it soo....
Oct 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is a book that makes me want to walk up to people and start shacking them while I yell "How come we've forgotten how to be humans?!"
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent resource covering nutrition, herbal medicine, general health and much more.
Jan 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in frugal natural healing
Recommended to Ginger by: The School of Natural Healing
I liked this one. This time through I read it quickly and didn't take notes. I will definitely sit down and gleen what I can from this man. I can see where Dr. Christopher got his writing style, since this book read very much like one of DC's. He was one to work on a problem with what he had on hand. His advise on food is interesting, but I'm not sure what I think about it yet. Good read.
Surprising absence of reference to vinegar, other than in an article on pickles...

Also, this book was written before gluten or other allergies came into picture...

Love chapters on herbs, though recipes chapter left me unmoved, it did not seem very practical or relevant for today, 71 years since the original copyright date...
Michelle  Eging
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very resourceful book. Since reading it, I've been more conscientious about what I eat and have been using herbs to heal my body rather than manufactured chemicals. The only reason I didn't give it 5 starts is that it's kinda like reading an encyclopedia, which can get tedious. I'm happy I persevered though, as the information in the last chapter was just as useful as that in the first.
Jennifer LovesBooks
Stacy Crandall
Nov 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stacy by: SMC
This is similar to Culpepper's Complete Herbal. Jethro Kloss is a more recent figure than Culpepper and this edition includes lengthy letters from his three children, giving insight into the author and what life was like living with him.
May 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is for my correspondence class with Susun Weed. It's known as a classic of heroic medicine. My mother's father used it and my mother had a copy when I was growing. I remember looking at the illustration of a fish with a tumor and deciding to go vegetarian.
Jun 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Excellent reference book to have
Mike Gehrs
The book that started my health journey...1977
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is like my herb bible.
Jim George
Aug 18, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was written way before infomercials, juicers, smoothies, health clubs and the like came into being. Informative in a 1960s kind of way!
Nov 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kitchen
Home remedies for everything, with biblical references included!
captain america
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
lots of budding veggie hippies read this book back in the 60s & 70s. a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, especially ideas from crackpot health food pioneers.
Dec 22, 2008 is currently reading it
Great information about nutrition, natural remedies, herbs, and good health stuff. It did not however, make me come up with a better word than "stuff" to describe it.
Marianne Ogden
Nov 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a timeless resource for home remedies. I'm glad these have been written down. I actually tried some of them myself and they do work.
Laura Peterson
I've read bits and pieces...good info, just lots of it!
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Culpeper's Complete Herbal
  • The Green Pharmacy
  • The School of Natural Healing: The Reference Volume on Natural Herbs for the Teacher, Student or Herbal Practitioner
  • How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor
  • The Herb Book: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to More Than 500 Herbs
  • The Way of Herbs
  • Baking Soda: Over 500 Fabulous, Fun, and Frugal Uses You've Probably Never Thought of
  • Edible and Medicinal Plants of the West
  • Easy Granola Bar Recipe
  • The Yoga of Herbs: An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine
  • Making Plant Medicine
  • The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal: Safe and Practical Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies
  • Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine
  • Urban Preppers with Kids, Pets &Parents
  • Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective?
  • The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants
  • The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook: A Home Manual
  • Organic Housekeeping: In Which the Non-Toxic Avenger Shows You How to Improve Your Health and That of Your Family, While You Save Time, Money, and, Perhaps, Your Sanity
Best known for his best-selling herbal Back to Eden, Jethro Kloss was one of America's earliest and most creative soyfoods pioneers.

In 1935, while living in Takoma Park, Washington, D.C., after several decades of studying and writing, Kloss published the first edition of what was to become his magnum opus, Back to Eden. A revised and geatly expanded edition was published in 1939. This edition bec
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »
“The fundamental principle of true healing consists of a return to natural habits of living.” 0 likes
“pure air, sunshine, properly prepared food, nonpoisonous herbs, water treatments, pure water to drink, abstemiousness (moderation), foods not robbed of their life-giving properties during manufacture, and cleanliness of body and premises.” 0 likes
More quotes…