Today I share the next author interview and book giveaway in the latest Backdoor Survival Book Festival. Steve Fonnesbeck, the author of Backyard Cuisine: Bringing Foraged Food to Your Table, is joining us today for an interview and is also providing one of reader with a free copy of his book.
Before we start, I need to tell you this: foraging and learning to deal with foraged food is important. In one of the most dreaded of SHTF scenarios, there will be insufficient food to feed the masses, let alone our own families.
The intent of little book is to broaden your view of what you can eat and more important, how you can cook it. Although not a book on foraging, per se, you will find that it opens your mind to some food sources in your own back yard that you may not have considered previously. Whether due to lack of knowledge or lack of need, it is never too late to learn.
Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.
An Interview with Steve Fonnesbesk
Tell me about your book, Backyard Cuisine. What is it about?
I classify it as a cookbook with recipes designed to make foraged food more palatable and tips on foraging along with supplementing the grocery budget. I did not write it for the well-informed folks who undoubtedly know most or all of what I put into this book. Rather, it is intended for those who are just starting to be concerned with the economy and possible consequences.
Like many in this country I have been contemplating the worst scenarios to come and am constantly thinking, doing, and researching on preparations. With all this worry and preparations comes frustration with so many people who seem to be unaware of reality. I have tried to encourage my neighbors to establish gardens now in case food costs become a problem for them and have had very little success.
So writing Backyard Cuisine is my contribution to possibly help some people by getting their minds working on addressing how to solve the need for sustained food supplies.
What type of research did you have to do while writing Backyard Cuisine?
The books and internet sites referenced in Backyard Cuisine have been a portion of my resource material for several years now although I have always been keenly interested in exotic or unusual foods and in self-reliance.
I have casually practiced foraging and cooking for many years and feel confident that my family and I will not starve if we are ever in a survival situation given we are not in a barren environment.
How long did it take to write?
From start to the day I published it was around three months. I have never written anything for publication until I found out about self-publishing and was anxious to complete this project. As with anything new, I would like perfection and intend to expound upon this book and to become more proficient in the whole publishing process.
Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading your book?
To start viewing their surroundings in the smallest detail, researching, and becoming ever more knowledgeable of what all can be utilized to feed themselves and others if necessary.
Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?
I am a retired Navy Chief who believes in the founding principles of our country and its exceptional place in the world. I have many years of education, including post-graduate work, but with more recent self-taught learning I’ve realize much of that formal education was a waste or worse…misleading!
I have been active in the Tea Party movement since its occurrence. My hope for the future is that people in this country will reconnect to personal responsibility and basic morals someday.
Do you have plans for another book?
Yes. Along with a second edition to Backyard Cuisine, I am working on a “how-to/home remedies” manual that covers making or substituting for common household commodities other than food such as cement, adhesives and things the post-depression generation knew and practiced.
Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?
Whether it’s my book or something similar about self-reliance, please pass it on to family, friends and neighbors who need to become aware of this topic before they face a desperate situation with little or no knowledge on what to do.
I would encourage everyone to collect and maintain a set of “how to” books related to self-sufficiency which they or others can turn to in an emergency for possible solutions when unanticipated problems happen or if a should disaster occur. I emphasize books for their reference library since technology is phenomenal until it doesn’t work. Books will be there for you if or when the power is out or electronic devices have ceased to function.
The Book Giveaway
A copy of Backyard Cuisine: Bringing Foraged Food to Your Table has been reserved for one lucky reader. Here is this week’s question:
What is your best outdoor cooking tip?
To enter the giveaway, you need to answer this question by responding in the comments area at the end of this article. The deadline is 6:00 AM Pacific next Thursday and the winner will be selected at random using tools on the random.org website. Also note that the winner will be announced in the Sunday Survival Buzz and he or she will have 72 hours to claim the winning book.
Note: If you are reading this article in your email client, you must go to the Backdoor Survival website to enter this giveaway in the comments area at the bottom of the article.
The Final Word
Backyard Cuisine is not a large book and some may even consider it a pamphlet. That said, it is the best book of its type that I have seen. It includes tips, recommendations, illustrations and pictures of commonly foraged ingredients – nothing obscure and nothing really scary. The recipes are fun to read in a “snake and bake” type of way. I love this book and will be using it myself to practice cooking with foraged items that are common where I live: acorns, dandelion and yes, if I can get up the nerve, snake.
I hope you will enter the giveaway to win your own copy of this fabulous new book!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Spotlight Item: Backyard Cuisine: Bringing Foraged Food to Your Table
This is more than just a collection of recipes, it is a guide to becoming aware, or more so, of the tremendous and bountiful resources just beyond the door and how to exploit them for your nutritional needs. With over 70 recipes from main meals to making substitute milk this book has a lot of tips, recommendations, illustrations and pictures to begin, or further yourself in, being more self-sufficient.
References have been included in this book providing a wealth of information on foraging, cooking and numerous other useful knowledge for dealing with a basic survival need…eating!
Author: Steve Fonnesbeck
Bargain Bin: Today is all about books. Listed below are all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Summer Reading List. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone.
If you covet an e-Book reader, consider the Kindle. Prices start at $119 although a basic kindle is only $69. And if not, at the very least pick up the free Kindle app so that you can read Kindle books on your PC or favorite electronic device.
THE BACKDOOR SURVIVAL BOOK FESTIVAL 4.0 – NON-FICTION
Backyard Cuisine: Bringing Foraged Food to Your Table
Living on the Edge: A Family’s Journey to Self-Sufficiency
Make It Last: Prolonging + Preserving the Things We Love
Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills
The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms: Helpful Tips for Mushrooming in the Field
Good Clean Food
The Amazing 2000-Hour Flashlight
Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living
The People’s Apocalypse
Go Green, Spend Less, Live Better
THE BACKDOOR SURVIVAL BOOK FESTIVAL 4.0 – FICTION
Going Home: A Novel of Survival (The Survivalist Series)
Surviving Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series)
Expatriates: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse
The Border Marches
Rivers: A Novel
After the Blackout
The End: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World Series)
The Long Road: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World Series)
3 Prepper Romances: Escape To My Arms, plus 2 other e-books (your choice)
Prepper Pete Prepares: An Introduction to Prepping for Kids
THE BACKDOOR SURVIVAL BOOK FESTIVAL 4.0 – LAST MINUTE ADDITIONS
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11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life: This little book will provide you with the motivation to get started or stay on track with a self-reliant life. 11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life, co-authored with my long time pal, George Ure (www.urbansurvival.com), and can purchased from Amazon.