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Just because the undead’s taste buds are atrophying doesn’t mean yours have to! 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 Just because the undead’s taste buds are atrophying doesn’t mean yours have to! 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 80 recipes (from Overnight of the Living Dead French Toast and It’s Not Easy Growing Greens Salad to Down & Out Sauerkraut, Honey & Blackberry Mead, 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.


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Just because the undead’s taste buds are atrophying doesn’t mean yours have to! 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 Just because the undead’s taste buds are atrophying doesn’t mean yours have to! 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 80 recipes (from Overnight of the Living Dead French Toast and It’s Not Easy Growing Greens Salad to Down & Out Sauerkraut, Honey & Blackberry Mead, 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.

30 review for The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mimi

    Would you survive the apocalypse? Think that you can? I thought I'd do okay...and then I read this cookbook and now I'm not so sure anymore. As an introductory crash course to surviving on the run, this book has all the necessary things one would need to know to get by in all sorts of worst-case scenarios. It's written in a light and fun way, as if to make it seem like you'd be going on a quest--to survive. Before setting out, you'll have to gather necessary essentials and prepare for the worst, w Would you survive the apocalypse? Think that you can? I thought I'd do okay...and then I read this cookbook and now I'm not so sure anymore. As an introductory crash course to surviving on the run, this book has all the necessary things one would need to know to get by in all sorts of worst-case scenarios. It's written in a light and fun way, as if to make it seem like you'd be going on a quest--to survive. Before setting out, you'll have to gather necessary essentials and prepare for the worst, which could range from the bizarre (zombie hordes) to the tedious (severe weather conditions). If you remove the zombie apocalypse, this book is like any other survivalist how-to guide to living on your own, literally. Imagine that you'd be on your own and have to make/build everything from scratch or scavenge for whatever else you need. You have to know how to forage, hunt, fish, clean and dress your own kills. And that's just one part of survival. You also have to know where, how, when to hide and where, how, when to run. As if that's not hard enough, there are zombie hordes lumbering down every street and alley. (Post-apocalyptic scenarios are thrown in for fun, you know, to keep up with the times.) What I like most about this book is the way it's formatted, with you, the beginner, in mind--let's imagine you're a beginner. There are detailed sections on packing, going on the run, scavenging, looting, various ways to make camp, build fires and snares/traps, fishing, cleaning and dressing kills, and avoiding detection. The first few sections of the book are on packing survival kits and making the tough decision to bug-in (stay put and fortify) or bug-out (go on the run); many of these sections are geared toward bugging out. If you have the "should I stay or should I go" dilemma figured out, you have a fighting chance. The other sections deal with various necessary preparations, most of which requires a lot of pre-planning, pre-zpoc planning. Like, start now if you want to live. So that if you are to survive the initial chaos of the apocalypse, you would be extremely prepared to live for several months, or even years, by yourself before the apocalypse becomes post-apocalypse. Things would eventually settle down and you'd be able to venture back to civilization again. But what you find there is anybody's guess. A big downside to this book is its foraging section. It's not as thorough as it should be. Half of this book could be focused on foraging alone and that might increase your chance of survival, and personally I think foraging would be much more useful to lone survivors in the wild. Much of your post-apocalyptic diet would--I have to keep myself from typing "will"--consist of plants and roots because they're safer, less time and energy consuming than hunting and trapping. But wild vegetation has a downside. They're dangerous if you don't know what to look for, berries and fungi especially. There are tell-tale signs to determine if a berry bush or group of mushrooms are edible, but that requires some training and experience. If you don't know how to tell the edibles from the poisonous ones, there's no point in trying, I suppose. It's just too risky. You could do a taste test, but that takes time, which people on the run don't have. Undead flesh eaters are on your trail. Although I find this book funny and its take on impending doom practical, it really got me thinking about all the things we depend on to get through an average, mundane pre-zpoc day. Fresh, clean water. A roof. A safe place to sleep. A warm bed. A sense of security. All of which would disappear once the electricity goes out and society breaks down exactly like Cormac McCarthy imagined it would. There'd be chaos, violence, turf wars breaking out everywhere... and while imagining all of this, I couldn't help thinking how I'd never have perfectly cooked, seasoned food again. All that chaos and violence wouldn't bother me as much since I expect that to happen. It's the idea of never having something as simple as bread again that gets to me. Spices are out of the question, unless you somehow loot a grocery store in time before the hordes overtake it. Forget about fruits not grown in your native area, and pastas, and sugar, and all diary products. Baked goods and sweets are history, literally. And these are just the simple things. It would be all about living the Paleo way of life from here on out. Way to get me all choked up, book. Anyhow, this was a fun read, like a romp through an abandoned city that's gradually being taken back by nature. But take away all the zpoc doom and gloom, and you have a beginner's guide to venturing out into the wilderness all by one's lonesome. Great for people on the run, whether it's from zombies or federal agents or assassins or drug cartels. * * * * * Cross-posted at https://covers2covers.wordpress.com/2...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mauoijenn

    *NetGalley book review* This is the most fun cookbook that I have read and wanted to make something out of in a really long time. With this preview you get a the low-down on how it would be like cooking during and after a zombie apocalypse. Breakfast items, salads, main dishes and some snack/desserts are the recipes that pack this book.Super fun idea behind this and I can see any zombie horror fan buying this to add to their kitchen/cookbook collection.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Peter Topside

    I thought that after reading other, similar books, that I could piece together what this would entail, i.e. funny-named recipes, how to avoid zombies while eating a twinkie (Which can survive anything!), and such were expected. However, once I got into it, the detail was on par was an actual survival guide. Everything from how to cool different types of bugs, to building different storage areas to preserve food, easy cooking methods and contraptions, the timing of how to plant certain seeds and I thought that after reading other, similar books, that I could piece together what this would entail, i.e. funny-named recipes, how to avoid zombies while eating a twinkie (Which can survive anything!), and such were expected. However, once I got into it, the detail was on par was an actual survival guide. Everything from how to cool different types of bugs, to building different storage areas to preserve food, easy cooking methods and contraptions, the timing of how to plant certain seeds and growths to get a bountiful harvest, etc. It really was a fun read, and a must for anyone who not only loves the zombie genre, but also survivalists, campers and anyone who wants to learn how to 'live off the fat of the land,' too!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I started reading this on a whim - I wanted an ebook to pick up every now and then, I somehow came across this one while searching Overdrive for a book to borrow, and the rest is history. I see a lot of reviewers complaining that they expected more of a cookbook, and that's valid. This really isn't so much a cookbook as it is a more culinary/food-minded version of The Zombie Survival Guide. Which was great! I loved both the lighthearted humor and the solid education provided by this book regardi I started reading this on a whim - I wanted an ebook to pick up every now and then, I somehow came across this one while searching Overdrive for a book to borrow, and the rest is history. I see a lot of reviewers complaining that they expected more of a cookbook, and that's valid. This really isn't so much a cookbook as it is a more culinary/food-minded version of The Zombie Survival Guide. Which was great! I loved both the lighthearted humor and the solid education provided by this book regarding the zombie apocalypse (or "zpoc", as I will now be calling it because that's awesome). This has chapters dedicated to all aspects of food and eating post-zpoc, like hunting and trapping; canning and preserving; foraging; basic field dressing and butchery; growing plants and herbs; setting up a bug out bag; building fires and various cooking techniques, etc. There are also plenty of recipes (mostly with great names like "Shephorde's Pie", "Society As We Know It Has Fruit Crumbled", and "Overnight of the Living Dead French Toast") but the recipes usually serve to illustrate the chapter's discussion. They're not the focus of the book. I also give the author credit for scrupulously referencing previous or future chapters and page locations when necessary. For example, in the "Dawn of the Bread Salad" recipe introduction, she references homegrown scallions (see "Guerrilla Gardening, page 60"), pickling (see "Putting Up, page 165") and saving nasturtium seeds for future planting (see "Seeds!, page 139"), plus where to find the instructions for building an Ammo Can Oven or other Oven Hack (page 44). I also loved that each recipe's servings are given in both Hungry Survivor portions or Regular Joe portions. Overall, this was a fun but educational book, and if the zpoc is any interest to you, give it a try. Even if you're already experienced with the techniques or prepper lifestyle discussed, there's probably still much offered - the book is stuffed full of "further reading" choices that sound like they go WAY beyond the basic lessons of this book. And even though I know the zpoc isn't really going to happen (I think?) ... I still plan on buying a hard copy of this book to keep in my BOB. ^_^

  5. 5 out of 5

    Leah Wilson

    Disclaimer: This review is from the book's editor. It's rare that a book comes across an editor's desk with the perfect title. But The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse—how could I not want to know more about that? (Even though, on the surface, the book wasn't quite our Smart Pop imprint's usual thing; that's essay anthologies on tv, books, and film like Finding Serenity on Firefly, and the occasional specific tie in like The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook.) What I love about The Art of Eat Disclaimer: This review is from the book's editor. It's rare that a book comes across an editor's desk with the perfect title. But The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse—how could I not want to know more about that? (Even though, on the surface, the book wasn't quite our Smart Pop imprint's usual thing; that's essay anthologies on tv, books, and film like Finding Serenity on Firefly, and the occasional specific tie in like The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook.) What I love about The Art of Eating is that, though it takes itself lightly, it takes its subject matter seriously. (I will never again be at a loss for a zombie-related food pun again.) It’s a perfectly sustained “what if?”; it says, Okay, let's say there's a zombie apocalypse. What happens next? Do you hunker down and bug in? Do you bug out and take off? Either way, how do you eat? What do you eat? How do you cook it? What are the best ways to prepare bugs, and which urban plants aren't going to kill you? Lauren researched the heck out of this book; the original draft was 160,000 words of detailed zombie-related cooking and survival info. It broke both our hearts to cut it down, but if you're on the run from zombies, you need to be able to lift the book to take it with you, no? The final cut could still take down a full-grown member of the walking dead; it's a lot of book. Most of the recipes are totally doable in the kitchen or on a camping trip, and the ones that are a little tougher to procure the ingredients for (the MRE military rations) or that you maybe wouldn’t want to procure the ingredients for (mealworms) still—forgive the pun—feed the imagination. I also want to make sure the artist, Kristian, gets his due, because his art (and tasteful application of gore—enough to relish, not so much that you lose your appetite for, uh, relish) is such a huge part of the experience of the book. (Seriously, look up his other stuff at kbauthus.com.) This book is great for: zombie fans, boy and girl scouts (especially those who like SFF and horror), adventurous eaters and creative cooks.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bèbè ✦ RANT ✦

    The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse is one of a kind. There, I said it. The author uses the idea of ZPoc to teach us about surviving in the wild and try not to die from hunger since we all watched enough movies to know how to dodge the zombies! What I really liked is that author starts off with several options of how to put together a fire. Of course, we won't always have an oven available so making "Earth oven" or "Mud oven" is very informational. There are also parts where the autho The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse is one of a kind. There, I said it. The author uses the idea of ZPoc to teach us about surviving in the wild and try not to die from hunger since we all watched enough movies to know how to dodge the zombies! What I really liked is that author starts off with several options of how to put together a fire. Of course, we won't always have an oven available so making "Earth oven" or "Mud oven" is very informational. There are also parts where the author helps you with which seeds sprout better than the others, which beans are the best to cook, and even how to find and eat seaweed. Recipes themselves are 50/50. One of the interesting ones are the Overnight French Toast which I will probably make but other ones probably will never happen. Why? Because I will most likely will never have access to 2012-issue MRE (military Meal, Ready to Eat) Menu #10 to create Hamburger-type chili. Overall, this is useful for any occasion if some sort of disaster strikes but one thing I definitely know - get some military food, yo!

  7. 5 out of 5

    PorshaJo

    Oh my, where do I start with this one. If I'm rating this book on being a funny, humor book...bravo, 4 stars. But this was listed as a cookbook, and that's why I got it. Not so good, two stars. I knew this was not for me when I saw the 'recipe' for squirrel jerky. It's more of a zombie/apocalyptic tongue-in-cheek survival guide with 80 recipes. For example, here is a tip: Humans can generally live for 3 minutes without air, 3 days without water, and 3 weeks without food. To me, it just seemed qu Oh my, where do I start with this one. If I'm rating this book on being a funny, humor book...bravo, 4 stars. But this was listed as a cookbook, and that's why I got it. Not so good, two stars. I knew this was not for me when I saw the 'recipe' for squirrel jerky. It's more of a zombie/apocalyptic tongue-in-cheek survival guide with 80 recipes. For example, here is a tip: Humans can generally live for 3 minutes without air, 3 days without water, and 3 weeks without food. To me, it just seemed quite long and more detailed than it needed to be. I did learn something from this one....when the zombie apocalypse hits, I'm skipping the squirrel jerky. I got this from NetGalley for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    Long, long ago, when the earth was young – or at least when we were younger – my brother was determined to get on Survivor. He got so far as getting a call from a producer; I still say he would have been a lot more entertaining than half the chuckleheads they've had on. Being the data freak I am, I decided that if he could just do his part and get on, I could help make him King of Survivor. I started getting books out of the library and looking up all sorts of weird and wild stuff online, and fi Long, long ago, when the earth was young – or at least when we were younger – my brother was determined to get on Survivor. He got so far as getting a call from a producer; I still say he would have been a lot more entertaining than half the chuckleheads they've had on. Being the data freak I am, I decided that if he could just do his part and get on, I could help make him King of Survivor. I started getting books out of the library and looking up all sorts of weird and wild stuff online, and filled a notebook with the most relevant and useful and efficient methods of starting a fire, building a shelter, purifying water, catching fish, and more. If the end of the world occurs, I ask that the gentle reader keep this in mind when planning his or her survival team: I still have that book (since my brother never got on the show) and I still remember a lot of it… And now I have this book. Think Eugene without a Y chromosome or a mullet. That's me. This book is that notebook, with awesomely snazzier illustrations and a whole heck of a lot more information. It already had my attention with its premise, but it won my heart with this sentence: "Let us set the scene. Paint the big picture (a little less Thomas Cole pastoral and a little more Edvard Munch horror)". And that premise? TAoETtZA proposes to show how not to just survive after TSHTF (one of the author's favorite acronyms), but to live. Why settle for bland squirrel while huddling in your improvised shelter, or flavorless fish after clearing the undead out of the local prison? There's no need, if only you read this book. Not only is it a smart guide to how to eat well when things fall apart, it's a smart guide to basically everything you need to know about that basic survival: how to prepare while things are normal (if that's what you want to call it), what to bring when you bug out – and whether you should bug out, what you should concentrate on when foraging in the woods or in town, and the most basic basics of all: how to start a fire, how to purify water, and why you shouldn't eat cockroaches (apart from the obvious). There are recipes (with punny or otherwise clever names), diagrams (MRE's come with chewing gum?), and short- and long-range plans for survival. For living. It's fantastic. Let's face it – there are days when I agree with Frodo Baggins: "there have been times when I thought the inhabitants too stupid and dull for words, and have felt that an earthquake or an invasion of dragons might be good for them." (An invasion of dragons would, in its end result, strongly resemble a zombie apocalypse, although dragons are smarter. And cooler. And they fly. Well, and "scorched earth" might be a relevant phrase. Okay, not so strong a resemblance.) The usual disclaimer: I received this book via Netgalley for review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Yodamom

    [image error] So it happens the world as we knew it is gone and a new world begins. This one is covered in flesh eating zombies. What do you do to stay alive ? The electricity is gone, fresh water is just a memory and shelter can be a death trap. Do you have any survival skills ? I do, I read the book. Hey ! I don't want you following me around making noise and bringing the "Zoms" around my safe zone. Pick up a copy and set yourself up to stay among the living away from me. :D First things first, [image error] So it happens the world as we knew it is gone and a new world begins. This one is covered in flesh eating zombies. What do you do to stay alive ? The electricity is gone, fresh water is just a memory and shelter can be a death trap. Do you have any survival skills ? I do, I read the book. Hey ! I don't want you following me around making noise and bringing the "Zoms" around my safe zone. Pick up a copy and set yourself up to stay among the living away from me. :D First things first, water, your juicy body can not live without this substance. The water supplies are damaged, dirty and surrounded by predators. There are very smart, very easy ways to collect water and purify it in the pages. Don't drink water with floating body bits is just one of the priceless recommendations I'll share with you. Food, where do you go, what do you do with it and still maintain that gourmet life style ? Is this how you want to eat ? No ? Okay then in this book you will find recipes for dealing with the lack of grocery store choices. Yes, how do I make those crickets taste like golden croutons ? Or How about the "I want my Mommy casserole" ? My favorite to serve after a night of slashing zombies, Overnight of the Living Dead french Toast, so easy and ready when I want ti most.all in the book with many other recipes to wow your palette. There are some very good normal recipes included. A hunting/fishing guide, foraging herbs and vegetables, growing food, preserving and fermenting to storing your food stuff. Did you get lucky and end up along the shoreline ? Score ! There is a sea food guide, with kelps, shellfish and other tastes. This survival thing is not easy. Reality is that most of you will become hamburgers for the undead because you don't have a clue how to live without the fast food joint drive up window. Save yourself, be a Daryl or a Carol and survive. Read this book and you have more then the basics to cover you and your loved ones. [image error] I loved this book, practical with a nice side of zombies. I have ordered copies to put in my survival gift kit baskets I'm giving to a few friends for the holidays. It is an excellent survival guide for our time.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Drucilla

    Actual rating: 2.5 stars. My problem with this book was that it didn't seem to know what it wanted to be. It has a lot of survival advice, but none of it is detailed enough to be useful (although, full disclosure, the author does include examples of further reading). And the recipes included seem a bit too complicated if you're attempting them in an apocalyptic society. But it is interesting and you can tell a lot of work went into it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    J.

    I don’t normally review non-fiction books, but I’m going to make an exception in this case. Okay, I hear you, “But, hey man, zombies aren’t real! This has got to be fiction.” Well, sort of. The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse, besides having the longest title of any book I’ve ever reviewed, is more than a cookbook. It occupies a weird, but cool, niche at the intersection of three popular subjects: zombies, apocalypse survival, and food. Be assured that this book is far more than a se I don’t normally review non-fiction books, but I’m going to make an exception in this case. Okay, I hear you, “But, hey man, zombies aren’t real! This has got to be fiction.” Well, sort of. The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse, besides having the longest title of any book I’ve ever reviewed, is more than a cookbook. It occupies a weird, but cool, niche at the intersection of three popular subjects: zombies, apocalypse survival, and food. Be assured that this book is far more than a series of recipes, in fact you don’t get into recipes at all until page 58, and to be honest I didn’t care one bit, because this book is flat out fascinating. You start reading and then flipping and pretty soon you’re imagining yourself setting up game snares, water filtration teepees, rooftop gardens, and mud ovens for baking quick breads. It’s a preppers dream guide to the essential elements that will keep you alive in the z-poc (or any apocalypse for that matter); safe food and clean water. If you’re like me, this isn’t the kind of book you sit down and read through cover-to-cover. It’s divided into various subject matter areas that you can pick through as your interests meander, anything from making blackberry mead to the proper way to clear a building of zombies and scavenge supplies. The Good: Clear, concise, and well illustrated guides for all the pertinent subject matters. The illustrations were great and fit right in with the grungy zombie vibe and showed detail in the places where you’d really need a little extra guidance from the text. The other great thing about this book is that it’s fairly comprehensive. I went looking for every food-type and scenario I could think of and the book covered it all (at least at a cursory level). How to skin a rabbit? It’s in there. Which insects are safe to eat? It’s in there. Why you should NEVER go to Wal-mart after TSHTF? It’s in there. How to spit-roast a pheasant? It’s in there. The best thing about this book is that there are hidden treasures all through the book, like my favorite: how to make kick-ass variations of the best damned grilled cheese ever. The Bad: It’s essentially non-fiction and it’s a guidebook, which means that the text is dry at times. I’m not sure that’s a negative in the z-poc, as the last thing you want to read is the author making jokes while you’re starving, but in the comfort of our living rooms with a full belly it’s a consideration. The only other minor knock is that you shouldn’t expect the recipes to be your Julia Child-type concoctions. Most of them are short, fairly common foodstuffs, and require more ingredients than you’re likely to have on hand in an emergency. As with most recipes for us lazy cooks who can’t be bothered with another grocery run, you’re going to have to wing it most of the time. Recommendations: This book is an easy recommendation for almost everyone. There’s nothing in the book that could be a problem for young teens or children. Preppers, zombie fans, homesteaders, campers, and survivalists should all get this guidebook and stash it away in their bug out bag. It makes a great companion to other more technical survival guides and bridges the gaps necessary to keep that belly filled for zombie-killing action!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is also a review for the preview available on Netgalley and as such is not a review for the complete book. An interesting and informative read on how to survive the zombie apocalypse and keep the hunger pangs at bay. Included in the preview are: Welcome to the Zombie Apocalypse Apocalyptic Cooking Methods The Zpoc food pyramid and you Sprouting for food WTF is an MRE Foraging kelp at the end of the worl Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is also a review for the preview available on Netgalley and as such is not a review for the complete book. An interesting and informative read on how to survive the zombie apocalypse and keep the hunger pangs at bay. Included in the preview are: Welcome to the Zombie Apocalypse Apocalyptic Cooking Methods The Zpoc food pyramid and you Sprouting for food WTF is an MRE Foraging kelp at the end of the world 6 x recipes There's not really much I can say about this preview, based on this it looks as though the complete book would be humorous and full of great tips on making use of your foodie resources when you get caught short although it'll hopefully be a day long in coming where I need to roast crickets for a protein packed meal. Recommended.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary Standeven

    I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This is a book I have been waiting for since at least the 1970’s when, as a teenager, I first saw “The Survivors” on TV (the original, not the second rate remake of 2010). Not a zombie apocalypse, but an apocalypse nevertheless – with the total breakdown of civilisation and a pressing need to fend for oneself without the benefits of modern technology. Of course, zombies would make everything worse. This book te I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This is a book I have been waiting for since at least the 1970’s when, as a teenager, I first saw “The Survivors” on TV (the original, not the second rate remake of 2010). Not a zombie apocalypse, but an apocalypse nevertheless – with the total breakdown of civilisation and a pressing need to fend for oneself without the benefits of modern technology. Of course, zombies would make everything worse. This book tells you how to cope with any such apocalypse. It concentrates on feeding yourself – in the short and the long term. Usually, when I review a cookbook, I try out a number of the recipes, but with this one, I decided that delicacies such as the Mealworm Fried Rice can wait until the apocalypse actually happens. The recipes are not really the highlight of the book, the real joys are the chapters on how to obtain your food (bringing out your inner hunter-gatherer) how to prepare it, how to cook it (on self-constructed stoves), how to grow it, and how to preserve it. Many of the things fully outlined in the book would be just as useful pre-apocalypse. I have made lots of jam before, but never seen the method as well explained as here. I fully intend to try out the canning (no, you don’t need tin cans), fermenting and pickling – but using all the modcons that are still available. I would love to construct a root cellar, but feel that my husband would object to digging up the lawn, so – until the apocalypse – will have to content myself with the fridge and freezer. The gardening tips are also worth looking at – such as how to save seeds for the next year. And did you know that if you stick the chopped off root ends of lettuces into a saucer of water, that they will regrow? I didn’t believe it, but a 1 inch stub of little gem has grown leaves about 3 inches high on our window sill! The book is full of useful tips like that, and even if you don’t use them, the book makes a wonderful talking point with friends, and encourages you to look at the world around you in many new and different ways. I have recommended, and will continue to recommend, this book to everyone I meet. Some may think I am mad, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to be prepared. And with this book in your pocket, you will be welcome into any survivor group, even if your zombie fighting skills are not up to much.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jillyn

    4.5/5 stars. Wow. This book is SO much more than I was anticipating. I was blown away, just like the zombies you'll slay am I right? This book is one part zombie prepper, one part nature survivalist, and one part gourmet. If you are fighting for your life in a post-apocalyptic world, this is one book you'll want to have in your prep kit. I learned so much it's insane. Wilson has you covered for every type of zombie scenario. Whether you need to forage for your own food, start a fire, trap your own 4.5/5 stars. Wow. This book is SO much more than I was anticipating. I was blown away, just like the zombies you'll slay am I right? This book is one part zombie prepper, one part nature survivalist, and one part gourmet. If you are fighting for your life in a post-apocalyptic world, this is one book you'll want to have in your prep kit. I learned so much it's insane. Wilson has you covered for every type of zombie scenario. Whether you need to forage for your own food, start a fire, trap your own animals, or loot for supplies- there's tips for it in this book. The amount of knowledge jam packed into this paperback is incredible. Because of it, I know how to pack for a successful escape, cook with no electric, and how to raise and grow my own food. Each bit of advice is coupled with step-by-step illustrations so that you can do it correctly, which I thought was a really helpful touch to add to this book. I have had survival guides that haven't had that luxury. Speaking of food, this book has a bunch of recipes to help your taste buds survive the impending doom while still maintaining flavor and variety into your diet. Plus, the recipes have pun titles and as you know, I love me a good pun. Some of the recipes included in this guide are: Life is Not Just Peachy-Blueberry Cobbler, Dawn of the Bread Salad, and of course Twinkie Trifle and Squirrel Jerky. This guide is absolutely fantastic. Whether you're a doomsday prepper, an avid fan of The Walking Dead, or just a camper who wants to live off the land, this is a book you ought to have on your shelf or in your car for an emergency. It'd also make a great gift for any horror/zombie lover or prepper! Thank you so much to BenBella Books who sent me a copy in exchange for my honest review. This review can also be found on my blog, Bitches n Prose.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Donna Parker

    Some days I love cooking, but what about cooking on a terrible, horrible, no good, really bad day? I still want what I cook to be delicious and healthy, but how could I do that, say, during a zombie apocalypse? I don’t want myself and any loved ones who had managed to survive to simply subsist on self-contained, shelf-stable foods. We might be prey, but that doesn’t mean we’re stuck eating MREs (Meal Ready to Eat). Think fresh and available. What could be tastier than cricket, kelp and mushroom Some days I love cooking, but what about cooking on a terrible, horrible, no good, really bad day? I still want what I cook to be delicious and healthy, but how could I do that, say, during a zombie apocalypse? I don’t want myself and any loved ones who had managed to survive to simply subsist on self-contained, shelf-stable foods. We might be prey, but that doesn’t mean we’re stuck eating MREs (Meal Ready to Eat). Think fresh and available. What could be tastier than cricket, kelp and mushroom bourguignon? After reading The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook & Culinary Survival Guide by Lauren Wilson, illustrated by Kristian Bauthus (Benbella Books) you’ll be thinking you should get a head start on this new way of cooking. While I know this book was meant to be tongue-in-cheek (I think that may also be a recipe), it could be a great book to have on hand, just in case. Enjoy this detailed, funny, and practical cookbook as you re-watch or catch up on The Walking Dead to be ready for its return on Sunday October 12th, which coincidentally, is the Canadian Thanksgiving…turkey and zombies, this completely changes the phrase, surviving the holidays. If nature turns against you, turn that frown upside down – think of it as a fresh start, going back to basics. World crumbling around you during a zombie or other apocalypse? Doesn’t mean you can’t make a wonderful apple crumble in your ammo can oven! Just because the living dead can’t think of anything but eating human flesh doesn’t mean you have to give up being a foodie. http://yadadarcyyada.com/2014/10/09/t...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Coleen (The Book Ramblings)

    Lauren Wilson is brilliant. The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse is clever, practical, entertaining. It is a conversation-starter, too. Whether you’re zombie crazed, preparing for the apocalypse, or enjoy cooking, you’ll find this book to be a blast! Basically the world as we know it ends, but if you have this book on hand, there is no reason you can’t prepare some scrumptious meals, or cook some food to hold you over while zombies destroy life as we know it. The book is divided into Lauren Wilson is brilliant. The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse is clever, practical, entertaining. It is a conversation-starter, too. Whether you’re zombie crazed, preparing for the apocalypse, or enjoy cooking, you’ll find this book to be a blast! Basically the world as we know it ends, but if you have this book on hand, there is no reason you can’t prepare some scrumptious meals, or cook some food to hold you over while zombies destroy life as we know it. The book is divided into sections, such as Buggin In (holed up in a house) or Buggin Out (fleeing for your life), so there are supply lists for Bug Out Bags, as well as instructions for butchering, canning, growing your own food. There are insightful tips and information on, but not limited to, foraging, sources for cooking, and alternative eating methods. While there is wit and entertaining aspects of this book, there is knowledge that goes beyond general camping that anyone can find beneficial to know, such as food safety, and improvising. Now as for the recipes, I will be saving quite a few of them for a day when zombies decide to feast upon brains and wreak havoc , but when it comes to Overnight of the Living Dead French Toast for breakfast, it’s a scrumptious dish perfect for this chilly weather. Lauren Wilson is actually professional chef, so the instructions are accurate, and well-written. Illustrations are sensational, and uniquely done by Kristian Bauthus, which just brings this cookbook and survival guide together. Thank you very much to Jennifer at BenBella Books for providing me a copy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Please Pass the Books

    This is more of a doomsday survival-lite guide than anything else, with fun injections of traditional Zpoc scenarios. If it is approached as more of a beginners guide to surviving a disaster, it is an informative little entry level manual. It won't impress the more exacting brand of preppers. There is some useful information, and some that doesn't serve much of a purpose other than to be able to say it touched on the topic (and padded the book out). This isn't comprehensive and, for most, it isn This is more of a doomsday survival-lite guide than anything else, with fun injections of traditional Zpoc scenarios. If it is approached as more of a beginners guide to surviving a disaster, it is an informative little entry level manual. It won't impress the more exacting brand of preppers. There is some useful information, and some that doesn't serve much of a purpose other than to be able to say it touched on the topic (and padded the book out). This isn't comprehensive and, for most, it isn't even very practical. I am, of course, talking about it as a prepper book...if you are thinking I am taking it seriously for a zombie apocalypse, you probably have more pressing matters to concern yourself with than my review. Your medication, for example. I digress. The bottom line: If you are looking for a fun gift or something to flip open at a party, this should do the trick. If you're looking for a real doomsday prepper book, this isn't it. I'm assuming most would fall into the former, and therefore heartily recommend it on the grounds of amusing entertainment. I'd like to thank Net Galley and the publisher Smart Pop for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion, which this is.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Marie

    For lovers of the zombie apocalypse, "The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse" offers thought-out meals, cooking techniques and ingredient lists that will be more pertinent when the world has started dying...and then coming back to life wanting to eat your brains. It's a fun and informative book that let's you get a feel for what life might be like, for real, if you had to be the one to feed your family during an apocalypse type situation. This is the book you want to get now, while times For lovers of the zombie apocalypse, "The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse" offers thought-out meals, cooking techniques and ingredient lists that will be more pertinent when the world has started dying...and then coming back to life wanting to eat your brains. It's a fun and informative book that let's you get a feel for what life might be like, for real, if you had to be the one to feed your family during an apocalypse type situation. This is the book you want to get now, while times are still good and normal, and your friends see it in your cabinet and are like, "what the hell is that?" and you're like, "Oh just a joke, it's funny"... and then years later all the sudden the apocalypse happens and zombies are roaming the streets eating people, and you're the one who knows how to make a crackpot campfire stove thing to cook on, and you have a written survival food guide in your cabinet just waiting to be used. Hopefully you already got stocked up on your canned goods... But anyway, a fun look at what it could be like, or a survival book you are lucky to have...either way...it's a winner.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amy L. Campbell

    A great survival resource centered around the procuring and preparing of food. While it doesn't go into great detail in some more critical areas (I found the how-to-skin animals section lacking), it does offer some good general information that should do in an emergency survival situation. I did greatly appreciate the section on bug eating, as I feel some survival guides often skip over the usefulness of this resource. However, those looking at this for more entertaining purposes may be bogged d A great survival resource centered around the procuring and preparing of food. While it doesn't go into great detail in some more critical areas (I found the how-to-skin animals section lacking), it does offer some good general information that should do in an emergency survival situation. I did greatly appreciate the section on bug eating, as I feel some survival guides often skip over the usefulness of this resource. However, those looking at this for more entertaining purposes may be bogged down by the sheer amount of information. Survival guide, yes; entertaining, not so much.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amy Bradley

    Written as a guide for nutritional survival in the event of civilization's downfall via zombie apocalypse, the information presented has general carry over for doomsday preppers and survivalists. It also contains instructions for building different types of fire pits, steps to make your own rocket stove from a coffee can, improvising a fire heated oven - and gives an overview of traps, snares, fishing and field dressing meat. Foraging is touched on, with a few common North American wild plants o Written as a guide for nutritional survival in the event of civilization's downfall via zombie apocalypse, the information presented has general carry over for doomsday preppers and survivalists. It also contains instructions for building different types of fire pits, steps to make your own rocket stove from a coffee can, improvising a fire heated oven - and gives an overview of traps, snares, fishing and field dressing meat. Foraging is touched on, with a few common North American wild plants of nutritional interest - and other suggested books for further reading are included in each section. Some of the recipes seem like they might be tasty, others really do not appeal to me, and are written in the spirit of life as we know it has collapsed, what can be made with what will spoil quickest, from nonperishable items, from scavenged or harvested items. Container gardening is touched on. Entertaining to read, would likely be great for fans of zombie genre, anyone concerned about possible collapse of civilization, disaster prep suggestions, or those who aspire to be back-to-the-landers who needs a starting point. Other books that deal with topics in more depth are included at the end of sections, allowing further reading. (Unsure with the soap making instructions - I thought soap had to age for a while before use to avoid burns and ensure full saponification of the fats, but maybe that is when actual lye is used rather than creating lye from ashes)

  21. 5 out of 5

    LynnG

    Very detailed...too detailed for the reason I'm reading it right now (entertainment, ideas what to do with the mishmash of canned goods in the pantry), but it is a decent survivalist guide, actually. Did not finish, but do you really read an encyclopedia all the way through?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Miranda

    A great book full of usable information while still being entertaining. I felt a bit of Alton Brown in the way the info was presented. I may need my own copy for reference.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ava Huang

    Planning to mail a copy of this book to everyone whom I'd like to make it through the zombie apocalypse with.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This book is one of the funnest and most informative cookbooks I have laid my hands on in some time. And it is way more than recipes for the those with a short list of items to pick from during the apocalypse. It is also full of info on how to build small ovens, fire pits, where to scavenge for food, and thinking outside the box (insects rolled in kelp and smoked over an open fire?). There’s also a list of tools for various projects (like setting up traps for game), how to clean your game before This book is one of the funnest and most informative cookbooks I have laid my hands on in some time. And it is way more than recipes for the those with a short list of items to pick from during the apocalypse. It is also full of info on how to build small ovens, fire pits, where to scavenge for food, and thinking outside the box (insects rolled in kelp and smoked over an open fire?). There’s also a list of tools for various projects (like setting up traps for game), how to clean your game before cooking, and even some basics on edible wild plants. And then it goes a step further and provides info on what to do after the initial apocalypse stage, once things settle down and you can too. This info includes such things as setting up a compost pile, shellfish gardening, and more. And there are recipes! Lots of very interesting and tasty (yep, I tried a few myself) recipes. The book is full of illustrations, both comical (vacant eyed zombies wandering around) and useful (animal track identification). There’s plenty of illustrations of the recipes too, so you have an idea of how your food should look just before consuming it. I especially liked the Zpoc Food Pyramid! The illustrations really made this book a fully visual experience. The accompanying text has a touch of snark to it (which I loved), plenty of humor, and heaps of practical advice. Let me point out that I live on a farm, so many of the things in this books were not new ideas to me. And yet this book had more than the basics; it had some innovative ideas on ovens (that I hadn’t seen before) and some food ideas that had not occurred to me (such as the kelp and seaweed as a major source of nutrients). I live in a land-locked state, so I hope you will forgive my ignorance on such things. But if the zombie apocalypse ever comes to pass, I will be sure to toss this book into my backpack to provide me guidance as I navigate my way through the turmoil. OK, now that I have gushed about this book, let me tell you about how I got my copy of the book. Initially, I was cruising around on NetGalley and saw this book. It was the cover that caught my eye and then the description. Zombies, cooking, survivalist theme – how could I not request it? Well, I was turned down by some sort of autofilter. But I pulled my courage together and sent a polite email to the publishers asking why I was rejected. They immediately unblocked me and I downloaded a copy. Alas, this NetGalley copy was pretty scant, a mere preview of the full-fledged awesome book I was expecting. And there was some serious formatting issues. So, I contemplated and then decided to contact the publisher again. I thought perhaps they would email over a full ebook version for me to review. But they went above and beyond that folks, they sent a physical copy! And it is a beauty of a book! I am so glad I had the chance to read and review the full version instead of the meager NetGalley version. Just an FYI (since I was unaware as well) – NetGalley has upload size limits on books and due to the numerous (and awesome) illustrations in this book, the publisher was forced to go with a much reduced, preview version of the book for NetGalley. So, there you have it. This book is perfect for your zombie enthusiast, your adventurous cook, and your organized survivalist. Rarely have I seen such a useful book filled with so much humor!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Baker

    I’m not going to outright say that I believe in zombies or that there is actually the potential for a zombie apocalypse…however, that doesn’t mean I’m not going to prepare for the possibility. I mean, I LOVE zombie movies, and in many of them, the guy who states ‘zombies aren’t real’ is usually the first guy to get eaten. I guess, therefore, I am what you might call a ‘weekend doomsday prepper’. I’m not building a bunker or anything like that, but I am getting my family prepared and in a positio I’m not going to outright say that I believe in zombies or that there is actually the potential for a zombie apocalypse…however, that doesn’t mean I’m not going to prepare for the possibility. I mean, I LOVE zombie movies, and in many of them, the guy who states ‘zombies aren’t real’ is usually the first guy to get eaten. I guess, therefore, I am what you might call a ‘weekend doomsday prepper’. I’m not building a bunker or anything like that, but I am getting my family prepared and in a position to live off the land if need-be. As you can probably guess, my mouth started watering when I heard about author Lauren Wilson’s recent release, THE ART OF EATING THROUGH THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE. After all, food is one of the basics of standard survival, right? But usually food is scarce in these scenarios. So why not make the best of what you have? That is the inspiration behind this book, and it is an amazing collection that is definitely a must-have for every zombie aficionado. This book is an absolute joy to read, and I’m proud to have it on my bookshelf. I have mentioned it to several friends of mine who share my same love of the living dead, and they have all purchased copies. I am now going to say the same to you: do yourself a favor and pick this up now. THE ART OF EATING THROUGH THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE is written very well, but it also contains hundreds of helpful illustrations, courtesy of talented illustrator Kristin Bauthus. Each chapter is carefully crafted to give information in an entertaining and insightful manner. And in addition to recipes, the book also gives tons of enlightening information on a variety of topics, including how to eat bugs and which ones to eat, tips for hunting, how to make squirrel jerky, cultivating your own window gardens, and much, much more. The book even tells how to make alcohol for your adult beverages using minimal ingredients! Probably my favorite aspect of THE ART OF EATING THROUGH THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE is the simplistic way the information is presented. The book never talks over a layperson’s head, and yet it is chocked full of information the average citizen-on-the-street would probably not know. Heck, I’m a Southerner who grew up in the woods, but I didn’t know even half of the wild plant data contained within. The knowledge provided within this tome is truly amazing. THE ART OF EATING THROUGH THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE is an excellent how-to guide, and it’s a must-have for zombie fans and/or doomsday preppers of all varieties. I highly recommend it, and I suggest you snag a copy now before the outbreak happens and the dead start to rise! You will be sorry if you don’t have this handy guide available when it does…

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lafourche Parish Library

    When the zombie virus eventually spreads, and nearly all human life is taken over by the disease, how are the remaining humans to survive? Are you worried that you won’t be able to forage for yourself and outrun the undead masses? When the zombie apocalypse does come, there will be no more takeout meals or conveniently pre-packaged meals from your local grocery store. In fact, the pizza delivery guy may be chasing you for his next meal. Fret not, dear ones. Author Lauren Wilson has compiled a he When the zombie virus eventually spreads, and nearly all human life is taken over by the disease, how are the remaining humans to survive? Are you worried that you won’t be able to forage for yourself and outrun the undead masses? When the zombie apocalypse does come, there will be no more takeout meals or conveniently pre-packaged meals from your local grocery store. In fact, the pizza delivery guy may be chasing you for his next meal. Fret not, dear ones. Author Lauren Wilson has compiled a hefty cookbook slash apocalypse survival guide. Wilson’s book, “The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse” eloquently demonstrates how the average person can indeed survive the undead overtaking. “The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse” is one part cookbook, one part survival guide. The survival guide portion is divided into sections based on whether you are going to be holed up in your home ('bugging in') or fleeing for your life ('bugging out'). Supply lists for both “bug out” bags (aka backpacks) and pantries are given. There are instructions for surviving the post-apocalyptic world, such as for instructions for snaring and butchering wildlife, canning, growing your own food, building stoves and cooking sources, collecting water and general camping safety. In the second part of the book several recipes are provided, both with fresh food and MREs. Food safety is discussed with things like which perishable items that should be eaten first and how to determine if a plant is safe to eat. The recipes in the book are separated like a timeline. The beginning of the recipes includes refrigerated foods and perishable goods. The last recipes are for the seasoned zombie apocalypse survivors, which includes hunting your own game and foraging for edible seeds and nuts. All jokes aside, “The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse” is a great read. Lauren Wilson has the rare ability to entwine witty and snarky remarks about the zombie apocalypse with insightful survival tips. The recipes aren’t gourmet, but interesting to say the least. The survival guide is very entertaining, scattered with zombie humor and pictures. This book would be great to have during any disaster—be it natural or lab-created.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse' shows that even though the world has ended as we know it, it's no reason that you can't eat well. Blending the current crazes of zombies, doomsday preppers, and foodies, this is an incredibly fun and informative book to read. The book is divided into sections based on whether you are going to be holed up in your home ('bugging in') or fleeing for your life ('bugging out'). Supply lists for bug out bags and pantries are given. So are so many other 'The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse' shows that even though the world has ended as we know it, it's no reason that you can't eat well. Blending the current crazes of zombies, doomsday preppers, and foodies, this is an incredibly fun and informative book to read. The book is divided into sections based on whether you are going to be holed up in your home ('bugging in') or fleeing for your life ('bugging out'). Supply lists for bug out bags and pantries are given. So are so many other things like instructions for snaring and butchering wildlife, canning, growing your own food, building stoves and cooking sources, collecting water and general campcraft. There are the recipes that include things to do with mealworms, MREs and the contents of your pantry. Food safety is discussed with things like which perishable items should be eaten first and how to determine if a plant is safe to eat. The careful reader will find out if dehydrated cheese is edible, what foods will be worth trading for MREs, and when zombies in film started eating brains and who erroneously gets the credit. Author Lauren Wilson is a professional chef, so the instructions here are legit. Illustrations by Kristian Bauthus are great, ranging from rampaging zombies, to illustrations of cook stoves, edible plant life and so much more. It's probably the most entertaining survival guide I've ever read, but it could be the most deliciously practical. Included within the book are pointers to other books to expand knowledge of things like cooking with natural yeast or butchering, but I kind of wish they were in an appendix. There is an index of the included recipes. At 339 pages, it's a bit hefty, but you can bet it's going in my bug out bag. I was graciously given a review copy of this book by the nice people at BenBella Books and Smart Pop along with NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this smart, funny book. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Ballmann

    I was sent a copy of the book for review by BenBella Books, Inc., as always, all opinions are my own. When the zombie apocalypse strikes the life of convenience we're currently living will come to a screeching halt and we'll all be fighting to stay alive. No one really wants to become one of the shambling undead, but those of you who weren't a scout or didn't have parents who taught you basic survival skills are going to have a tough time not becoming the next meal for one of the walking dead. Th I was sent a copy of the book for review by BenBella Books, Inc., as always, all opinions are my own. When the zombie apocalypse strikes the life of convenience we're currently living will come to a screeching halt and we'll all be fighting to stay alive. No one really wants to become one of the shambling undead, but those of you who weren't a scout or didn't have parents who taught you basic survival skills are going to have a tough time not becoming the next meal for one of the walking dead. The good news is that The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse can point you in the right direction. You'll at least have a fighting chance at staying alive and not just during ZPOC, since many of these tips can be adapted for use in situations such as extended power outages or disaster survival. The entire book approaches survivalism with a sense of humor— something that is always in short supply when disaster hits. You'll find a plan of attack for perishables, with recipes like the wok-ing dead stir-fry and Choose Your Own Grilled Cheese Adventure, which I shared with you yesterday. If you didn't happen to pack a bug-out bag before disaster struck, there is plenty of information on improvised cooking implements and hunting or foraging skills. During a disaster the refrigerator and freezer you have stocked full of your favorite foods will only last a few days once the power is gone. You'll only be able to survive on canned goods for so long, even if they last for years past their sell-by date, so many of the skills in the book could become necessary to your continued existence once ZPOC arrives. If you know anyone with a sense of humor or who is interested in zombies (or better yet, both) you may want to take a closer look at The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse. It will make a great Christmas gift and it just may save the life of someone you love. You don't want them to become zombie bait when the end of the world comes, do you?

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sara Thompson

    Edited Review: When I first previewed this book it was a sample instead of the whole book. It didn't really impress me. When the publisher asked if I would like a full book for review, I agreed. The book had merit. I stick with much of my original review - it's a gimmicky book. It has a lot of little information that works for those who are just beginning to understand emergency preparedness and survival skills. This is definitely a beginner's book. Now I bumped the book from 3 to 5 stars because Edited Review: When I first previewed this book it was a sample instead of the whole book. It didn't really impress me. When the publisher asked if I would like a full book for review, I agreed. The book had merit. I stick with much of my original review - it's a gimmicky book. It has a lot of little information that works for those who are just beginning to understand emergency preparedness and survival skills. This is definitely a beginner's book. Now I bumped the book from 3 to 5 stars because there was an unexpected side effect of this book. My son, who is 17, grew up with his survivalist mother who teaches classes but could care less about emergency preparedness. He hates to pack for camping trips and thinks emergency kits are just an old lady's paranoia. Okay - hope you get the picture. He wanted this book. In fact, he asked me if he could have it when I was finished with it. He couldn't wait to read it. There are a number of things about this book that are perfect for him. My son loves all things bugs, including recipes which this book has. It uses zombies to get the reader interested in survival skills. So while it didn't overly appeal to this 40 year old woman, it definitely appealed to a teenage boy. As for the book, there are a number of great things in here and things I hadn't learned before. It's a great review and reminder for those who have been working towards preparing for a disaster. It's a perfect book for getting the next generation interested in emergency preparedness. It's a great first book. And one we'll be throwing in the emergency kit if we can get it from my son.

  30. 4 out of 5

    OutlawPoet

    Martha Stewart Meets the Zpoc! Imagine that the zombie apocalypse is upon us. Brain eaters are decimating your neighborhood. Food is getting scarce. Help isn't coming. You've got to run. In fact, your significant other has just turned and is coming right at you. Before you light out the door, you grab the things you need to survive: A strong knife. Prescription meds. A gun. Some ammo. Matches. Mixing bowls. A wire whisk. Parchment paper. That's right, parchment paper, mixing bowls and a wire whisk. Martha Stewart Meets the Zpoc! Imagine that the zombie apocalypse is upon us. Brain eaters are decimating your neighborhood. Food is getting scarce. Help isn't coming. You've got to run. In fact, your significant other has just turned and is coming right at you. Before you light out the door, you grab the things you need to survive: A strong knife. Prescription meds. A gun. Some ammo. Matches. Mixing bowls. A wire whisk. Parchment paper. That's right, parchment paper, mixing bowls and a wire whisk. After all, while you're on the run from gnashing teeth, you just may need to prepare an intimate dinner party for six. Aside from some missteps, this is actually a pretty good survival manual. The authors teach you how to cook in the wild, with illustrations showing ways to make ovens. You learn how to judge the heat of your oven when cooking. How to survive on everything from Kelp to crickets. And it's done with some humor and snark. However, some of the recipes really won't work in the wild, unless you are that Martha Stewart type. The instructions call for mixing bowls, parchment paper, baking sheets, etc. And I don't know about you, but in any sort of apoc situation, I'm using my booze for things other than French Toast - although the French Toast recipe is lovely. Because of those missteps, the book misses its mark just a bit. Is it a humorous look at post apoc survival? A survival cooking manual? Or a regular cookbook disguised as both? It's hard to tell. *ARC provided by Netgalley for review purposes.

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