Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Modern Pioneering, By Georgia Pellegrini Book Review

Modern Pioneering: Recipes, projects, and skills for a self-sufficient life, By Georgia Pellegrini

(Back cover reads:) "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."

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.

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To learn about the author, click HERE.

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.
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