Saturday, May 31, 2014

Review: Modern Pioneering, More than 150 Recipes, Projects, & Skills for a Self-Sufficient Life, Georgia Pellegrini

Thank you Blogging for Books for this review copy.
Being more self-sufficient has been a hot topic for more than twenty years now.  In fact, I think I remember folks talking about it when I was a kid.  I like the idea, but....  Okay, I'm just a bit of a girly girl. Not prissy, but I cannot stand to get dirt under my nails!  Georgia Pellegrini is a girly girl who knows how to get dirt under her well-manicured nails, clean up, and be happy about it. ~smile~  Following her example, I have actually pulled a few weeds in my tomato patch... by myself... with my hands!

MY THOUGHTS:  This looks like a book that I'm going to reference quite a bit.  Pellegrini simplified gardening for me by not only explaining what to do but why to do it.  I only have a tiny garden, but that's okay. She explains the best way to take advantage of the space you have whether a big garden or just a window box.  From deciding what to grow to how to prepare it when it's harvested, she covers it all. I'll be honest, some of her recipes are bit too exotic for me, but there are some basic recipes that I think I'll try. There are plenty to choose from.

I think that the most valuable part for me is the lists and tutorials.  For instance:
-The easiest fruits and vegetables to grow.
-The best veggies to grow for protein.
-Plants that do well in cooler weather.
-Plants that do well in warmer weather.
-Tips for container gardening.
-Edible flowers.
-7 Ways to Clean Water.
-How to pick a lock, cool yourself down, fix a broken shoelace, change a tire, build a basic shelter, 
-Growing and transplanting seedlings.
-Building a raised bed.
-Saving seeds.
-Avoiding waste.
-Preserving with salt, fats, smoking, drying and canning.
But wait, there's more!  There's a whole section on weekend warrior projects.

When you pick up a book and it's heavy for it's size, you know it's not a here and now book.  It's built to last.  That's what I thought when I picked up Modern Pioneering by Georgia Pellegrini.  This is a book that's meant to be used not just read.  It's a cookbook and a gardening manual, and a homesteading guide.  I'm glad I have it, and I expect to use it.  

Here's the Random House synopsis:
"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."
Retail:  $24.00

     *I received this book in exhange for an honest review from Waterbrook Multnomah Blogging for Books.
May I suggest...


  1. Dear Laura, This book sounds amazing and a must have for so many of us who are interested in these very things! I will check it out when I get to the book store!
    Blessings, Miss Roxy
    Happy June...

  2. This looks like a fun book and one I would love to get my hands on! Also, would love for you to link up some of your goodies this week :)Take care, JES

  3. I'll be there, Jes!

  4. I'll be there, Jes!

  5. Sounds like a great resource book Laura! I myself love getting my hands in that dirt! Just does something wonderful to my soul. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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