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A cookbook and backyard gardening and homesteading guide for women who want to grow food efficiently, cook seasonal recipes, or even try foraging, camping, and living off the land. Self-sufficiency is the ultimate girl power   Georgia Pellegrini, outdoor adventurer and chef, helps you roll up your sleeves and tap into your pioneer spirit. Grow a small-space garden and pres A cookbook and backyard gardening and homesteading guide for women who want to grow food efficiently, cook seasonal recipes, or even try foraging, camping, and living off the land. Self-sufficiency is the ultimate girl power   Georgia Pellegrini, outdoor adventurer and chef, helps you roll up your sleeves and tap into your pioneer spirit. Grow a small-space garden and preserve a little deliciousness for the cold months; assemble the makings of a self-sufficient pantry; learn to navigate without a compass for your next camping trip; or even forage for plants that give you energy. Whether you’re a full-time homesteader, a weekend farmer’s market devoté, or anyone looking to do more by hand, this overflowing resource will help you hone new skills in the kitchen, garden, and great outdoors. It includes: ·         More than 100 recipes for garden-to-table dishes, preserves, and cured foods ·         Small-space gardening advice on building a raised bed, choosing what to grow, and saving seeds ·         DIY projects, such as Mason jar lanterns and homemade notecards ·         Superwoman skills like assembling a 48- hour survival toolkit in an Altoids tin   Packed with beautiful photographs and illustrations, Modern Pioneering proves that becoming more self-sufficient not only means being empowered, but also having a lot more fun. 


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A cookbook and backyard gardening and homesteading guide for women who want to grow food efficiently, cook seasonal recipes, or even try foraging, camping, and living off the land. Self-sufficiency is the ultimate girl power   Georgia Pellegrini, outdoor adventurer and chef, helps you roll up your sleeves and tap into your pioneer spirit. Grow a small-space garden and pres A cookbook and backyard gardening and homesteading guide for women who want to grow food efficiently, cook seasonal recipes, or even try foraging, camping, and living off the land. Self-sufficiency is the ultimate girl power   Georgia Pellegrini, outdoor adventurer and chef, helps you roll up your sleeves and tap into your pioneer spirit. Grow a small-space garden and preserve a little deliciousness for the cold months; assemble the makings of a self-sufficient pantry; learn to navigate without a compass for your next camping trip; or even forage for plants that give you energy. Whether you’re a full-time homesteader, a weekend farmer’s market devoté, or anyone looking to do more by hand, this overflowing resource will help you hone new skills in the kitchen, garden, and great outdoors. It includes: ·         More than 100 recipes for garden-to-table dishes, preserves, and cured foods ·         Small-space gardening advice on building a raised bed, choosing what to grow, and saving seeds ·         DIY projects, such as Mason jar lanterns and homemade notecards ·         Superwoman skills like assembling a 48- hour survival toolkit in an Altoids tin   Packed with beautiful photographs and illustrations, Modern Pioneering proves that becoming more self-sufficient not only means being empowered, but also having a lot more fun. 

30 review for Modern Pioneering: More Than 150 Recipes, Projects, and Skills for a Self-Sufficient Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Juli Anna

    This one really surprised me: I was expecting the usual useless, bloggery crap, but this book is legitimately worth recommending! It helps that Pellegrini is a trained chef; the recipes are truly delicious-looking and inventive, and range from old-fashioned (Hard Apple Cider Doughnuts; Simple Sauteed Oyster Mushrooms) to newfangled (Saffron Pickled Ginger; Tomato Water). There is also a well organized section on gardening that encompasses all kinds of garden spaces (full-on backyards, indoor and This one really surprised me: I was expecting the usual useless, bloggery crap, but this book is legitimately worth recommending! It helps that Pellegrini is a trained chef; the recipes are truly delicious-looking and inventive, and range from old-fashioned (Hard Apple Cider Doughnuts; Simple Sauteed Oyster Mushrooms) to newfangled (Saffron Pickled Ginger; Tomato Water). There is also a well organized section on gardening that encompasses all kinds of garden spaces (full-on backyards, indoor and outdoor containers, and even hanging wall pockets), which is often a blind spot in these kinds of books. I love the little hints and tips sprinkled throughout the book, and the design is both beautiful and functional. Also, there is actual, truthful, useful wilderness survival here--the basic kind, but still, she doesn't pretend you won't get sick from drinking water strained through a t-shirt. Honestly, this book may be one I end up putting on my bookshelf one day.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I had certain expectations for this book and I'm not sure they were met. This collection of recipes, projects and tips is like holding Pinteresr in your hands. Not a bad thing but a bit overwhelming. Beautiful pictures and recipes that sound amazing. But the author has an advantage over most of us in that she was raised to think this way so eating edible flowers or cooking with dandelion greens is nothing to her. For me, it would take some getting used to. However, I found a lot of useful tips in I had certain expectations for this book and I'm not sure they were met. This collection of recipes, projects and tips is like holding Pinteresr in your hands. Not a bad thing but a bit overwhelming. Beautiful pictures and recipes that sound amazing. But the author has an advantage over most of us in that she was raised to think this way so eating edible flowers or cooking with dandelion greens is nothing to her. For me, it would take some getting used to. However, I found a lot of useful tips in it. For a beginner, it's a good resource, especially for gardening. I have my doubts about how frugal some of the projects and recipes are. While a lot of the projects sound interesting and fun, many seem to require time and energy that some of us don't have. So, I'm glad for it as a guide but wouldn't consider it a necessity for everyone at every stage of life.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bibliovoracious

    Oh man. I don't want to dis this book, because it's a beautiful book by a beautiful, talented woman, and I had this one hangup with it.... It lost me completely at the tire change tutorial. I was already suspicious of the low time estimates on the recipes, but the tire change! While being told which way to turn the lug nuts might be useful to some, if you actually follow her instructions, that tire will never come off! Oh man. I don't want to dis this book, because it's a beautiful book by a beautiful, talented woman, and I had this one hangup with it.... It lost me completely at the tire change tutorial. I was already suspicious of the low time estimates on the recipes, but the tire change! While being told which way to turn the lug nuts might be useful to some, if you actually follow her instructions, that tire will never come off!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I found I was turned off by the title - I find the word pioneering loaded with so much that it was hard to get past that. Overall the book has some interesting projects but felt to scattered to me. Good instructional pictures and steps.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bethany McKay

    The design throws me off sometimes, and if the information can be all over the place. There is a lot to take in, and it is definitely a book to keep on the shelf for reference to over and over. But it isn't perfect and have all the advice that could be necessary. The design throws me off sometimes, and if the information can be all over the place. There is a lot to take in, and it is definitely a book to keep on the shelf for reference to over and over. But it isn't perfect and have all the advice that could be necessary.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Angela Oneal

    Lots of great tips, recipes and detailed directions for a Hingis like canning and pickling.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Robin Green

    Great Book! I loved the tips! You have some really great ideas! I can’t wait to use them in my everyday life!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jalynn Patterson

    About the Book: A cookbook and backyard gardening and homesteading guide for women who want to grow food efficiently, cook seasonal recipes, or even try foraging, camping, and living off the land. Self-sufficiency is the ultimate girl power Georgia Pellegrini, outdoor adventurer and chef, helps you roll up your sleeves and tap into your pioneer spirit. Grow a small-space garden and preserve a little deliciousness for the cold months; assemble the makings of a self-sufficient pantry; learn to naviga About the Book: A cookbook and backyard gardening and homesteading guide for women who want to grow food efficiently, cook seasonal recipes, or even try foraging, camping, and living off the land. Self-sufficiency is the ultimate girl power Georgia Pellegrini, outdoor adventurer and chef, helps you roll up your sleeves and tap into your pioneer spirit. Grow a small-space garden and preserve a little deliciousness for the cold months; assemble the makings of a self-sufficient pantry; learn to navigate without a compass for your next camping trip; or even forage for plants that give you energy. Whether you’re a full-time homesteader, a weekend farmer’s market devoté, or anyone looking to do more by hand, this overflowing resource will help you hone new skills in the kitchen, garden, and great outdoors. It includes: · More than 100 recipes for garden-to-table dishes, preserves, and cured foods · Small-space gardening advice on building a raised bed, choosing what to grow, and saving seeds · DIY projects, such as Mason jar lanterns and homemade notecards · Superwoman skills like assembling a 48- hour survival toolkit in an Altoids tin Packed with beautiful photographs and illustrations, Modern Pioneering proves that becoming more self-sufficient not only means being empowered, but also having a lot more fun. About the Author: GEORGIA PELLEGRINI's taste for simple food and outdoor adventure evolved as she grew up in the Hudson Valley, on the same land her great-grandfather owned and worked. She followed her passion to the French Culinary Institute and then to Gramercy Tavern, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and La Chassagnette in France. Georgia is the author of two previous books, Food Heroes and Girl Hunter, and her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bon Appetit, American Hunter, and The Huffington Post. She has been featured on Today, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Iron Chef America. She lives in Austin, Texas. www.georgiapellegrini.com My Review: We need to learn how to be more self sufficient. These days, things are getting harder and harder financially and it is always good to live simply and try to do things that would help that grocery bill to deflate some.My husband and I are trying to raise our children to learn more about this type of lifestyle, because many of these tools and tips are slowly dieing with the people that created them. Grandparents and Great Granparents are taking these much needed skills to the grave with them, because those of us coming after them seem uninterested and that is very sad. Modern Pioneering, is a book that will help you with a few of these things that are much needed today. The author can show you how to grow a garden, preserve your harvest, how to forage or even how to go camping. But that is only a small dose of her tips--she has included recipes and craft projects. This book is a simple book meant for great things! You can expand your knowledge on items that your ancestors knew all about and now you will too! **Disclosure** Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Johanna

    Modern Pioneering. It almost sounds like an oxymoron. But with the rapidly rising costs of living and the increasing reality of chemically-tainted foods, it seems society is beginning to come full-circle as more and more people wake up to the benefits of a back-to-the-basics lifestyle. In this book author Georgia Pellegrini explores the old ways of doing things – from good old country know-how to the DIY grit of times gone by – all with a modern flare. As the author so beautifully puts it- “T Modern Pioneering. It almost sounds like an oxymoron. But with the rapidly rising costs of living and the increasing reality of chemically-tainted foods, it seems society is beginning to come full-circle as more and more people wake up to the benefits of a back-to-the-basics lifestyle. In this book author Georgia Pellegrini explores the old ways of doing things – from good old country know-how to the DIY grit of times gone by – all with a modern flare. As the author so beautifully puts it- “This is your guide for how to do more with less, to delight in your little patch of garden behind your home, and enjoy life in the process.” Inside, you will learn: - efficient gardening tips - delicious recipes - tips on avoiding waste (such as turning into red wine popsicles, and excess peaches into homemade peach butter) - how to live off the land, whether urban, suburban, or rural, through foraging (including recipes like dandelion wine, purslane salad, and wild mint and dark chocolate milkshakes) - how to take advantage of unused or abandoned plots in your town by making “seed bombs” - tons of really cool survival techniques (like how to create a pocket-sized 48-hour survival toolkit in an altoids tin) - weekend warrior projects including homemade cheese, yogurt, chai tea, as well as how to season cast iron pans and make a birdhouse out of a gourd. The book also includes a list of resources in the back with websites for awesome homesteading information and items. Full of gorgeously stunning food photography (and I’m allowed to say that, because I’m a food blogger and photographer), this book is brimming with delicious recipes, as well as thrifty and wonderfully unexpected ways of upcycling. Think Boy Scouts meets Rachel Ray meets Martha Stewart, and you’ll get a feel for the flavor of this book, which literally has something for everyone. A fantastic book for anyone looking to live off the land, whether in a big way or just by making a small garden plot in the back yard. Highly recommended! I have received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Check out this review on my blog: EpicBookQuest.com

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stefanie Kamerman

    Disclosure: I received this book free from Blogging for Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” My husband and I are in the middle off the home-buying process and I am at the computer daily searching for ways I can create in our new home. Gardening is at the top of my list! I w Disclosure: I received this book free from Blogging for Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” My husband and I are in the middle off the home-buying process and I am at the computer daily searching for ways I can create in our new home. Gardening is at the top of my list! I was beyond excited when I received this book not only to review, but have the chance to glean inspiration from it. The cover is divine and the book is very sturdy, which is great for a book that will probably be used a lot in this house. Georgia Pellegrini, the author, learned self-sufficiency from her grandmother and her aunt while she grew up on a farm in the state of New York. She wrote this book to inspire others by showing her tricks of the trade of a home-grown life. It seems like a lot of people I know are headed to a more “natural” life style by growing their own vegetables, herbs, and so much more. Personally, it is making more sense to me to grow my own produce since my family eats so much of it. Plus, I am tired of running to the grocery store. Georgia’s book, is great for new comers to this new-old lifestyle of doing-it-yourself. Her 304 page book is chalked full with easy recipes from how to plant a basic garden to turning a tree stump into a table. On almost every page there is gorgeous photographs of Georgia’s recipes giving a visual of the end product. My favorite part of Modern Pioneering is the “Self-Sufficient Pantry” chapter because I love to cook and I love to eat. What I enjoyed about her recipes she shared is they aren’t hard to follow and do not come across as intimidating. Also, I thought her “Avoiding Waste” section within the chapter was thrifty and creative. Wine Popsicles? This girl is SOLD. Modern Pioneering‘s title fits Georgia’s book completely. It is a modern take on the older times. I feel a lot people who bought this book would find a recipe they could use and do themselves. I can’t wait to have this beautiful book along side my other cookbooks when I move into the new house! Thank you Blogging for Books for the opportunity for review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Prior to receiving this book, I wasn’t familiar with Georgia Pellegrini, so I truly enjoyed reading about her life in the introduction to this book as it proved that she understood – through real life practice – the pioneering/homesteading lifestyle. It meant that she wasn’t someone who was just throwing out ideas without the practical knowledge to back it up. In fact, many things that she talks about in the book come from ideas that have been passed down through several generations. I love that Prior to receiving this book, I wasn’t familiar with Georgia Pellegrini, so I truly enjoyed reading about her life in the introduction to this book as it proved that she understood – through real life practice – the pioneering/homesteading lifestyle. It meant that she wasn’t someone who was just throwing out ideas without the practical knowledge to back it up. In fact, many things that she talks about in the book come from ideas that have been passed down through several generations. I love that! Modern Pioneering contains recipes and ideas for a variety of homesteading practices including: Gardening Preserving Living Off the Land Prepping Practical as well as Fun Crafts Life Skills and more…. The book is broken down into 4 main sections: the garden, the home, the wild, and the rest. The organization of the book makes it easy to find whatever topic you want to learn about within the book. The pictures are gorgeous, full-color pictures. The style of writing is quite conversational in nature. Many of the topics covered are for beginners in the homesteading lifestyle. The recipes are basic, but good. I really liked the creative idea of making a keg out of a watermelon. The instructions are easy to follow for the various projects. In many ways, it’s like a physical version of Pinterest. While an electronic version is available for this book, I highly recommend getting a physical copy to have on hand. It’s one of those books that is nice to flip through and really use. It’s a solid book with heavy weight pages to hold up to use and abuse. Disclosure: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review. A positive review is not expected nor guaranteed. All opinions are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    Modern Pioneering by Georgia Pellegrini has more than 150 recipes, projects and skills for a self-sufficient life. When I received this book I felt like a little kid eating a chocolate bar. I simply devoured it. The key word to describe this book is found in the title. Modern. If you are looking for a pioneering book that gives pointers on off-grid living or homesteading this is not the book for you, but if you are a individual that would like to become more self-sufficient and are not sure wher Modern Pioneering by Georgia Pellegrini has more than 150 recipes, projects and skills for a self-sufficient life. When I received this book I felt like a little kid eating a chocolate bar. I simply devoured it. The key word to describe this book is found in the title. Modern. If you are looking for a pioneering book that gives pointers on off-grid living or homesteading this is not the book for you, but if you are a individual that would like to become more self-sufficient and are not sure where to begin this book would be a great starting point. I've been gardening most of my adult life. I grow my own vegetables, I can with a pressure cooker, I grow herbs both for culinary and medicinal purposes and I strive to live a more natural life. This book was not advanced enough for me, but even so there were some great recipes included that I would like to try. It is loaded with beautiful pictures and step by step instructions. I personally loved the "handwritten" drawings and writings that gave it a more journal, personal effect. In the back of the book the author included websites where you can find different resources which I thought was a great addition. The book is divided into sections. The Garden, The Home, The Wild, The Rest and Weekend Warrior Projects. The author encourages people of all walks of life to live a more self sufficient lifestyle. Even if all you have is a windowsill you can grow herbs for the kitchen and Modern Pioneering will help you begin your self sufficient endeavors!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amanda T

    I gasped when I saw Georgia Pelligrini's Modern Pioneering book and nearly drooled when I received it. I absolutely adore this book. Tiny disclaimer - the "pioneering" is taken a bit lightly - you aren't going to learn how to pluck a chicken or anything major. But this book is right up my alley as a newbie to gardening and eating in season. This book is beautifully made and while you can get it as an eBook, I'd definitely recommend getting the physical book. It is gorgeous. I love that this book I gasped when I saw Georgia Pelligrini's Modern Pioneering book and nearly drooled when I received it. I absolutely adore this book. Tiny disclaimer - the "pioneering" is taken a bit lightly - you aren't going to learn how to pluck a chicken or anything major. But this book is right up my alley as a newbie to gardening and eating in season. This book is beautifully made and while you can get it as an eBook, I'd definitely recommend getting the physical book. It is gorgeous. I love that this book is so visually stunning and explains everything so easily. It's like being able to pick someone's brain and throw it all into a book for handy reference. I've been needing someone to explain what she does in just a couple of pages. This is really a massively awesome cook book and gardening book. Like I said, while it won't tell you how to raise, kill and pluck chickens, it does show how to quarter one and how to make stock. Again, perfect for me. My family and I are currently going through a massive change moving from the desert to a place with an actual climate. I'm looking forward to being able to grow some of our own food and get my two sons involved as well. Modern Pioneering is going to be a great resource for recipes and gardening tips once I get started. For instance, I might be able to grow radishes but then what? I love her section on preserving and jamming. Mmmm.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle W.

    At first glance, it's a nice size book with 296 pages. The book is broken down into four section, the garden, the home, the wild, and the rest. It's filled with easy to read information and nice pictures. But, I feel like the title is a little misleading. "Modern Pioneering" contains mostly recipes. There's information about gardening and using wild edible plants. But there's not information about raising livestock and little information about canning (and yet there's info on how to change a tir At first glance, it's a nice size book with 296 pages. The book is broken down into four section, the garden, the home, the wild, and the rest. It's filled with easy to read information and nice pictures. But, I feel like the title is a little misleading. "Modern Pioneering" contains mostly recipes. There's information about gardening and using wild edible plants. But there's not information about raising livestock and little information about canning (and yet there's info on how to change a tire and pick a lock..) I also have to add that, the recipes listed in the book, though some sound good to try, the majority were...well, a little odd to me; i.e. dandelion wine, jalapeno mint jelly (no regular mint jelly recipe), jalapeno-infused vodka, rose petal jelly, pea pancakes, and peach whiskey hot sauce to name a few. I did enjoy this book,and find it interesting, it's just half of it didn't apply to what I consider modern pioneering or things needed for a self-sufficient life style. I feel like this book is more of a fun, hipster/hippy version of self-sufficient living. However, I do think the information it does have is great for beginners, thought it's not the first book I'd recommend. All in all, I liked it, 3 out of 5. I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review. A positive review is not expected nor guaranteed. All opinions are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn

    Man oh man, I love this book! SO many great recipes, including some for edible flowers and homemade cheeses. It’s hard to pick just one favorite, but a couple of recipes I’m really excited to try are the Slim Jims and the Salmon jerky (pg 168, 169). In addition to recipes, the author includes a section called “The Wild”, which includes information on common edible plants (think dandelions and daylilies). I was caught off guard by some of the tips and tricks in here…like the glass bottles into gla Man oh man, I love this book! SO many great recipes, including some for edible flowers and homemade cheeses. It’s hard to pick just one favorite, but a couple of recipes I’m really excited to try are the Slim Jims and the Salmon jerky (pg 168, 169). In addition to recipes, the author includes a section called “The Wild”, which includes information on common edible plants (think dandelions and daylilies). I was caught off guard by some of the tips and tricks in here…like the glass bottles into glassware. Nothing at all wrong with the idea, but it didn’t feel that self-sufficient to me, since I’d have to buy the glass bottles. I’d guess that over 90% of the tips, tricks, and recipes ARE applicable to me and to my goals, and I’ll be doing a lot of bookmarking and experimenting the next few months, thanks to this book. The pictures are gorgeous; absolutely beautiful. I really don’t know what I can say to properly show how enthusiastic I am about this book. If you’re all about self-sufficiency, or want to learn more, READ THIS BOOK!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Denise DiFalco

    Georgia Pellegrini's Modern Pioneering is the Ultimate guide in learning how to live off the land. It includes more than 150 recipes, projects and skills for a self-sufficient life. I found it extraordinary and full of new ideas for those of us who have made the most of mother nature in our lives. As a young girl back in the sixties, I recall my Italian grandmother and her friends picking dandelions to use for dinner. Ms. Pellegrini includes recipes for dandelions as well as other edible floweri Georgia Pellegrini's Modern Pioneering is the Ultimate guide in learning how to live off the land. It includes more than 150 recipes, projects and skills for a self-sufficient life. I found it extraordinary and full of new ideas for those of us who have made the most of mother nature in our lives. As a young girl back in the sixties, I recall my Italian grandmother and her friends picking dandelions to use for dinner. Ms. Pellegrini includes recipes for dandelions as well as other edible flowering plants and they sound quite delicious. There is imperative information on how to make your own planting seeds; make tea from scratch; where to grow certain plants and a wealth of information too long to list here. It's a wonderful guide for those who enjoy growing and preserving as well as for those who enjoy creating. I was given the awesome opportunity to read this book for blogging for books in exchange for my thoughts. I consider it a must read and will treasure it for years to come. For more information Modern Pioneering.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    If a book can be delicious, this is the one I would gobble up. Modern Pioneering by Georgia Pellegrini has more than 150 recipes, projects, and skills for a self-sufficient life. The pictures and layout are gorgeous. The whole book is a pleasure to hold in your hands and a feast for the eyes. Even the pages smell delectable. What's more is that it's an actual useful guide for new-to-you projects, recipes, and skills. Preserving food, cooking, gardening, household projects, and more. Flipping thr If a book can be delicious, this is the one I would gobble up. Modern Pioneering by Georgia Pellegrini has more than 150 recipes, projects, and skills for a self-sufficient life. The pictures and layout are gorgeous. The whole book is a pleasure to hold in your hands and a feast for the eyes. Even the pages smell delectable. What's more is that it's an actual useful guide for new-to-you projects, recipes, and skills. Preserving food, cooking, gardening, household projects, and more. Flipping through the book has left me excited about trying out several of the projects. I did expect a bit more about the self-sufficient lifestyle. Maybe backyard chickens, using up more of the garden produce, etc. But then again, maybe those topics have been overdone in other books and this guide is true to the fact that the majority of what is within I haven't read/seen in other places. This is a true gem to add to my "self-sufficient" shelf of books.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sherri Johnson

    Modern Pioneering is a colorful and informative book loaded with recipes and all kinds of tips for survival. The Gardening section is perfect for both the beginner and the expert. It tells you what kinds of tools you'll need and how to start your seedlings. There are instructions for making raised beds of all kinds and even how to distress wood. Georgia Pellegrini shows you how to start your garden and how to grow it, and in the Home section, she tells you how to preserve its produce and how to Modern Pioneering is a colorful and informative book loaded with recipes and all kinds of tips for survival. The Gardening section is perfect for both the beginner and the expert. It tells you what kinds of tools you'll need and how to start your seedlings. There are instructions for making raised beds of all kinds and even how to distress wood. Georgia Pellegrini shows you how to start your garden and how to grow it, and in the Home section, she tells you how to preserve its produce and how to cook up quick and easy recipes. This section includes lots of neat tips for your pantry. In the Wild section, she shows you what kinds of plants are edible and she even shows you how to make the coolest pocket-sized 48-hour survival kit! The last section is filled with all kinds of tips and tricks for living like a modern pioneer. Such a fun and interesting book! "I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review."

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tabby Shiflett

    Wow! What a thrifty how-to introductory guide to a self-sufficient lifestyle. The book has plenty of great pictures, recipes, crafts, and tips for gardeners and canners. It also includes a handful of basic survival tips. Most instructions are easy to follow, but a few may need to be researched a bit further by the reader depending on the skill and knowledge level of each. Focus on one section or task at a time; otherwise, you may feel overwhelmed. Overall, a good starter book for almost anyone. Wow! What a thrifty how-to introductory guide to a self-sufficient lifestyle. The book has plenty of great pictures, recipes, crafts, and tips for gardeners and canners. It also includes a handful of basic survival tips. Most instructions are easy to follow, but a few may need to be researched a bit further by the reader depending on the skill and knowledge level of each. Focus on one section or task at a time; otherwise, you may feel overwhelmed. Overall, a good starter book for almost anyone. The local library purchased a copy. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I think the title of this book is a little misleading. It's mostly recipes and there is information about gardening, even on a very small scale, and looking for and using wild edibles. There was also a little information about canning, but I would recommend reading more than one chapter in a book before canning at home! There were a couple recipes I'd like to try. Overall, it was pretty good, but not great or amazing. I think the title of this book is a little misleading. It's mostly recipes and there is information about gardening, even on a very small scale, and looking for and using wild edibles. There was also a little information about canning, but I would recommend reading more than one chapter in a book before canning at home! There were a couple recipes I'd like to try. Overall, it was pretty good, but not great or amazing.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    The photos, tips and recipes are phenomenal! However, I would have loved a little more explanation in certain parts (types of mushrooms? how to use the sprouts?). I really enjoyed the herb garden tips especially and look forward to trying out these recipes.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Rittall

    I really enjoyed this book. There is a lot of practical tips about gardening and being self-sufficient. It gave me and my black thumb hope that I might succeed at growing my own food.

  23. 5 out of 5

    New Castle Branch Library

    This book is full of great information, wonderful recipes and fun crafts.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Heydi Smith

    This book is beautifully put together and I enjoyed looking through it but found little practical recipes for my household.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    About 2/3 of this book is recipes

  26. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    Beautiful book, great photography and layout. Many nice recipes and some fun things I wouldn't have thought of, but overall pretty similar to other "urban homestead" books that are available now. Beautiful book, great photography and layout. Many nice recipes and some fun things I wouldn't have thought of, but overall pretty similar to other "urban homestead" books that are available now.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Susan Watts

    An absolute most have. I learned so much from this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Rhodes

    Awesome book! I love doing things the way grandma did them. This book showed me how. Now, I can live and feel a little bit closer to my grandparents.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    I found several great recipes to try (radishes dipped in butter, homemade ice cream and jalapeno infused vodka) plus some great ideas for next years garden.

  30. 4 out of 5

    PottWab Regional Library

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