(See below for my giveaway of a signed copy of this book)
I was recently sent a couple of copies of a new cookbook, Recipes & Tips for Sustainable Living with Stacy Harris from GameAndGarden.com in order to review them for her release date, today, 29 October. Both my wife and I went over the books, and we’ve found them to be rather refreshing, having both cooking information as well as self-reliance information. Let’s call it one of the best “Prepper Cookbooks” that we’ve seen.
I only have two issues with this book, and both are based on my life experiences. The first is the line “If a walk-in cooler is not available” in speaking about aging venison, strikes me as borderline pretentious. I take offense in my poor upbringing, apparently. I only know of three families that have walk-in coolers, and all of them are commercial meat processors. The best we had growing up was a spring cellar with water running across the floor all year long. She does go on to offer an alternative method using a refrigerator though, so that does ease my pain a bit. I guess I’m just sensitive to not having all the opportunity that having money offers in life. We were poor and made do with what we had.
The second issue is that there are soooo many recipes that are not Paleo friendly. TASTY looking recipes, too, dammit. Again, this is MY problem, I am the outsider here, I understand that. It’s just that the pictures of some of the dishes REALLY made me want to fall off the Paleo wagon and eat them…and lots of each. This complaint is merely me fighting with my own choices, not the fault of the author. Just trying to be honest.
Those pictures REALLY make the book pop. No really. I want to lick the pictures…scratch n taste should be a valid book line…
And she knows the secret to a magnificent sandwich – top it with a fried egg. (No, really, try it, you’ll be AMAZED!)
While all of the recipes are not Paleo-approved, there are still plenty for me to try out, and we are diligently working through them. And while some of the recipes call for wild game we are not able to find, there is also a very handy list of alternatives and substitutions included – a VERY well thought out addition.
Also included are a multitude of tips, tricks, and how-to’s that fit right in with what I write about regularly. In fact, referring to it as a “cookbook” really doesn’t do it any justice. The wife and I agree, this belongs on our permanent bookshelf, right next to Storey’s Guide to Raising Rabbits, The Ashley Book of Knots, and Back to Basics (a book that Recipes & Tips for Sustainable Living with Stacy Harris reminds me of quite a bit, only with far less cooking).
Overall, I’m definitely calling this a winner. I was given two copies, and out of greed, will be keeping one for myself. However, if you are interested in winning a copy for yourself, write in a comment below, and include an email address. On November 10th, I’ll randomly pick one of the names and send your your very own, signed copy of Recipes & Tips for Sustainable Living with Stacy Harris.
If you like wild game and wild edibles, I know you will appreciate it as much as I did. It is available in paperback as well as Kindle edition.
The list price of the book is $25.99, but is currently available in paperback at Amazon for $18.98 and in Kindle format for $12.99.
Don’t forget to comment below for a change of your own copy!
As always, please “like” FloridaHillbilly on Facebook, subscribe to my feed, follow me on Twitter, add it to Google+, Pinterest, Linkdn, Digg, and/or tell your friends! The more folks that start behaving like ants, the fewer grasshoppers there will be left needing help.
Need something from Amazon (and who doesn’t)? I earn a small commission from purchases made when you begin your Amazon shopping experience here. You still get great Amazon service and your price is the same, no matter what. And for the record, all of my Amazon links provide me with this referral fee.