Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Review: The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide by Lauren Wilson, Kristian Bauthus


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
You duck into the safest-looking abandoned house you can find and hold your breath as you listen for the approaching zombie horde you’ve been running from all day. You hear a gurgling sound. Is it the undead? No—it’s your stomach.
When the zombie apocalypse tears down life and society as we know it, it will mean no more take out, no more brightly lit, immaculately organized aisles of food just waiting to be plucked effortlessly off the shelves. No more trips down to the local farmers’ market. No more microwaved meals in front of the TV or intimate dinner parties. No, when the undead rise, eating will be hard, and doing it successfully will become an art.
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 TAKE:
Even if you don't consider a prepper, you'll probably want to keep a hard copy of this book in your house.

In The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide, readers are taught all sorts of useful tips and recipes that will come in handy if ever you find yourself in a situation wherein you don't have a working oven or a lot of your usual food options.

I was only able to read through a sampler copy, but from what I can see, this book is worth reading and keeping on hand. If you've got a good memory, it would be even better if you could memorize the important stuff too.

There were some interesting things here like a seaweed guide, so you have an idea how to harvest seaweed and which seaweed works with a particular cooking method, as well as tips for making MREs (meals, ready-to-eat) taste more delicious. There's also a handy guide for guessing the temperature of a makeshift oven or stove (there's also a tutorial of sorts for making these makeshift ovens) and how to adjust to get a certain temperature.

The recipes include how many servings you'll get per recipe. I liked that it included a Regular Joe serving (how many people can be fed if they were moderately hungry) and Hungry Survivor servings (how many people could be fed if they were starving). I don't know how likely you'll have on hand some of the ingredients but at least it's indicated if you can opt not to put in a certain ingredient.

Thanks to NetGalley and Smart Pop for the e-ARC.

THE GOOD:

  1. There are plenty of useful things in the book.
  2. It may come in handy even if there won't be a zombie apocalypse.
  3. The layout, font and illustrations match the mood and topic of the book perfectly. 

THE BAD:

  1. Some of the instructions may be a bit overwhelming for newbies. 

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
In fact, if you have a shellfish allergy, you should not eat crickets, grasshoppers or cicadas. 
READ IT IF:

  1. You think it's possible that there will be a zombie apocalypse.
  2. You consider yourself a prepper or are thinking of being one.
  3. You want to learn useful survival skills.

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