Modern Pioneering: More Than 150 Recipes, Projects, and Skills for a Self-Sufficient Life by Georgia Pellegrini



Modern Pioneering. It almost sounds like an oxymoron. But with the rapidly rising costs of living and the increasing reality of chemically-tainted foods, it seems society is beginning to come full-circle as more and more people wake up to the benefits of a back-to-the-basics lifestyle.

In this book author Georgia Pellegrini explores the old ways of doing things – from good old country know-how to the DIY grit of times gone by – all with a modern flare. As the author so beautifully puts it- “This is your guide for how to do more with less, to delight in your little patch of garden behind your home, and enjoy life in the process.

Inside, you will learn:

– efficient gardening tips

– delicious recipes

– tips on avoiding waste (such as turning into red wine popsicles, and excess peaches into homemade peach butter)

– how to live off the land, whether urban, suburban, or rural, through foraging (including recipes like dandelion wine, purslane salad, and wild mint and dark chocolate milkshakes)

– how to take advantage of unused or abandoned plots in your town by making “seed bombs”

– tons of really cool survival techniques (like how to create a pocket-sized 48-hour survival toolkit in an altoids tin)

– weekend warrior projects including homemade cheese, yogurt, chai tea, as well as how to season cast iron pans and make a birdhouse out of a gourd.

The book also includes a list of resources in the back with websites for awesome homesteading information and items.

Full of gorgeously stunning food photography (and I’m allowed to say that, because I’m a food blogger and photographer), this book is brimming with delicious recipes, as well as thrifty and wonderfully unexpected ways of upcycling. Think Boy Scouts meets Rachel Ray meets Martha Stewart, and you’ll get a feel for the flavor of this book, which literally has something for everyone. A fantastic book for anyone looking to live off the land, whether in a big way or just by making a small garden plot in the back yard. Highly recommended!

Rating: 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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About the author:

GEORGIA PELLEGRINI’s taste for simple food and outdoor adventure evolved as she grew up in the Hudson Valley, on the same land her great-grandfather owned and worked. She followed her passion to the French Culinary Institute and then to Gramercy Tavern, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and La Chassagnette in France. Georgia is the author of two previous books, Food Heroes and Girl Hunter, and her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bon Appetit, American Hunter, and The Huffington Post. She has been featured on Today, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Iron Chef America. She lives in Austin, Texas.

You can learn more by visiting her website at


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