Modern Pioneering by Georgia Pellegrini is a book of recipes, projects and skills for a self-sufficient life. If you have spent your life eating out of the grocery store but have been hearing scary news articles or just want to know how to grow your own then this is the book for you. This book will walk you through making raised garden beds. Then this book gives you recipes for using your homegrown produce. It tells of the easiest to grow. It tells which grow best, which grow in cool weather, and which in warm. Or if you don't want to know how to grow your own but just want to know which pretty flower or weeds in your yard are edible this is the book for you. It gives tips on living off the land no matter where your land is even in the city. Now don't however think that you can with the knowledge in this book you could go off grid. This would be the first book to read--not the last. There are a few easy crafts that one can make on the cheap for gifts or making your own glasses from wine and beer bottles. If you remember real homemade sour kraut that grandma made and want to know how to make it yourself then reading this book can tell you. There is DIY projects like making your own home made paper stationary or other paper products out of your grocery sacks or other paper products. Maybe you don't recycle but would like to be part of the reuse or up-use population. Want to eat pickled eggs but paying $6.00 for a small jar of them is too much? This book can walk you through making your own. Want to throw a party but have no keg to serve beverages? Make one from a watermelon. Been reading the health news about the benefits of using caste iron but everything sticks? This book tells you how to season it so that sticking is no longer a problem and no worries about the Teflon health scares either.
If I were a beginner just wanting to learn some of the basics for starting to live simply this is the best first book to read. It neither talks over your head nor makes you feel like you are reading a 6 year old primer. It has looks of pictures and drawings where needed also. It has simple party suggestions as well as making garden beds and as I mentioned earlier making glasses out of beer bottles (this sounded trickier than I wanted to try). What to do with the mushrooms you just found-are they poisonous? how to cook? what do they taste like? Do you have 1 1/2 # of almonds and want to know how to make milk out of them? Oh the list goes on and on.
I would suggest this book for anyone wanting to learn how to live more simply and safely. 2 thumbs up for easy to read and understand.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.