8/15/14

Its a Non-Fiction Saturday two-fer!


The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse
A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide
By - Lauren Wilson, Kristian Bauthus
4 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse is a cookbook and culinary field guide for the busy zpoc survivor. With more than 75 recipes (from “No Knead To Panic Bread” and “Apocalypse Soup for the Survivor's Soul” to “Pasta Aglio e Oh No!,” “Down and Out Sauerkraut,” and “Twinkie Trifle”), scads of gastronomic survival tips, and dozens of diagrams and illustrations that help you scavenge, forage, and improvise your way to an artful post-apocalypse meal. The Art of Eating is the ideal handbook for efficient food sourcing and inventive meal preparation in the event of an undead uprising.

Whether you decide to hole up in your own home or bug out into the wilderness, whether you prefer to scavenge the dregs of society or try your hand at apocalyptic agriculture, and regardless of your level of skill or preparation, The Art of Eating will help you navigate the wasteland and make the most of what you eat.

Just because the undead’s taste buds are atrophying doesn’t mean yours have to!

MY REVIEW -
To sum it up in one word - hilarious (but also surprisingly useful). This is a cookbook that you will want to actually read the whole way through - I did. Right from the start, the introduction will have you giggling. For starters they give you a few survival tips - how to make an Ammo Can oven and an earth oven, how to judge the temp using your hand (now there's an idea, LOL). Then you get a few recipes, good for using during the zombie apoc. Like roasted crickets (but they warn you, if you have a shellfish allergy, you should not eat crickets, grasshoppers, or cicadas - thank you very much for that tip!). The book teaches you how to grow sprouts, and how to harvest kelp and seaweed.
My only teensie problem with the book - its too short! With something this crazy good, it should have been longer.
"If you are reading this, it means that you are one of the few people on this planet being proactive about zombie apocalypse preparedness. Good for you. Or is you have acquired or found this book during the apocalypse, congratulations on still being alive."
Thank you Netgalley and "Smart Pop Books" for sending me this e-book for my honest review.

Get you copy from Amazon - HERE
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Knitting in the Nordic Tradition 
By -Vibeke Lind
3 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Richly illustrated with photos, charts, and drawings, this guide to Scandinavian knitting features patterns for a wealth of handmade treasures. More than 100 graphed patterns in the authentic Nordic tradition include children's and adults' sweaters, jackets, caps, mittens, stockings, and shawls. Simple in cut and striking in decoration, the patterns are based on practical and aesthetic values.
After a brief look at the historical development of wool into yarn, the Introduction provides tips on using the right tools, following patterns, incorporating designs, and making edgings and decorative borders. Above all, this book offers suggestions for adapting classic patterns to suit individual needs and to express personal tastes. In addition to scores of helpful diagrams, the chatty and informative text is complemented with many photos of finished projects as well as historical images depicting people dressed in these beautiful sweaters, hats, and other forms of wearable art. 

MY REVIEW -
This book got some very reviews on Amazon but I was not too impressed. It isn't a terrible book and there are some good instructions and patterns but all the photos and charts and drawings were in B&W! Nothing  was in color except the cover. So that was huge disappointment #1, the next disappointment was that even though there were a lot of patterns, they weren't really anything I would make. So for me, this book was not really "my thing". There are other "basic knitting" books that I have thought were much better.

Take a look, read the other reviews and decide for yourself.

Thank you Netgalley and Dover publications for sending me this e-book for my honest review.

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE

5 comments:

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    1. Hmmm thinking about getting the knitting book? Lol
      I know you would love this Zpoc book! I thought of you the whole time. Just a warning, it is short. But would be cool to add to your collection!

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    2. Of course I want the knitting book! Lmao. Errr no.

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  2. Hi, "on the hob' to me means 'on the gas elements on top of my stove'

    Cheers

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