5/30/14

Non-fiction Saturday! ............ Modern Pioneering - Georgia Pellegrini

5 Stars!!!!!

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.
Visit her website - HERE

MY REVIEW -
Fantastic, useful, and fun! This is a great book, especially for beginners. I think I pretty much knew most of the stuff in here but if someone is thinking of trying out gardening for the first time, or doesn't know what to do with their veggies after they grow and how to store them - this would be a fabulous book for them!
I used the word fun. One doesn't normally think of a gardening (or pioneering) book as fun, but this one is! It has lots of great fun pictures, drawings, and tons of directions, charts, and step-by-step pictures. This book is very pleasing to the eye! It literally makes you want to go out and start digging.

The first chapter is all about the garden.
How to choose what to put in your garden (I go through almost these same questions) - What do I not like buying at the store? What are my favorite veggies? What goes into a salad? What do I spend the most money on?
It lists the tools you might need. It has a cute hand written list of warm weather plants and cold weather plants, the easiest to grow, the best to grow.
What shape should your garden be and where?
Common problems and pests and how to overcome them.
How to build a raised bed
Herbs, preserving and some recipes...
WHEW! and thats just the first chapter!

There is a whole chapter on preserving. I love this! Pickling, salting and smoking, drying, preserves and jams, fermenting, and more!

There are a few "weekend worrier projects - cheese making, butter making, homemade teas, and yet more!

Oh my goodness this book has so much to offer it feels like it is a thousand page book! She really packs a lot in here! And as I said - this is a great book for beginners. This book makes it look fun and not intimidating. Its like she just walks you right through it.

This would make a great gift book for someone who wants to give this a try for the first time.

Thank you so much "Blogging for Books" for sending me this book free for my honest review! It was a great one!

Get your copy from amazon (and you will want to!) - HERE
Or for more information, check it out at Random House - HERE

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