BDS Book Festival: Backyard Cuisine

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
BDS Book Festival: Backyard Cuisine

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.

Backyard Cuisine BDS

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 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.

summer book festival 2013_04

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!

If you have not done so already, please be sure to like Facebook which is updated every time there is an awesome new article, news byte, or link to a free survival, prepping or homesteading book on Amazon.  You can also follow Backdoor Survival on Pinterest.

In addition, when you sign up to receive email updates you will receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-book The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide.

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.owl reading book


Backyard Cuisine: Bringing Foraged Food to Your Table
Home Remedies
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


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 New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
Escaping Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series)

Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials

Emergency Candle

Although I have plenty of flashlights and batteries (you might even say I have a flashlight fetish) I also stay stocked up with a dozen of these Clear Mist 100 Hour Plus Emergency Candles as well.  For the best deal, purchase a dozen at a time to get a discounted price.

Speaking of which, Emergency Essentials is having some great sales this month on many of your favorites.

Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials

 Like this and want more?

Follow Backdoor Survival on Facebook
Follow Backdoor Survival on Twitter
Follow Backdoor Survival on Pinterest
Follow Backdoor Survival on Google+

I earn a small commission from purchases made when you begin your Amazon shopping experience here.

The Amazon Top Ten Most Wanted Survival and Outdoor Items
Emergency Preparedness Items from

Help support Backdoor Survival. Purchases earn a small commission and for that I thank you!

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 (, and can purchased from Amazon.

Aff | Emergency Survival Blanket

[DEAL] Emergency Survival Blanket

Pocket-size survival blanket could save a life - throw in your bag or car.

Get Cheap Security
Aff | Emergency Blanket
[DEAL] Emergency Survival Blanket Get Cheap Security

50 Responses to “BDS Book Festival: Backyard Cuisine”

  1. ialways make two firerings onemain large ring and and then a smaller ring off to the side of the main ring,but still connected to the main ring like a #8.In the larger main ring i have my campfire i get that roaring and then i use my shovel to putcoals into the smaller ring.its on this smaller riing i do my cooking the bed of coals provides plenty of heat to cook without flareups and flames to burn me or the food .i also like to wrap cleaned baking potatoes, pierce them with knife ,wrap them in foil ,place them directly on th coals and the bury them with more coals .i do this first since they take longer to cook than most other items

  2. Wrap wild leaves around meat before cooking. Will add flavor, slow moisture loss, and prevent outer skin from burning. Experiment with different leaves for a variety of flavors!

  3. What is your best outdoor cooking tip?

    My best one would be to always have aluminum foil handy. You can cook many great meals with foil on the campfire!

  4. We have a propane grill with a side burner. While the grill doesn’t work optimally, the burner is awesome! We have used it many times to fry bacon (keeping the frying mess out of my kitchen) and my best use was water bath canning last summer! It kept the heat out of my kitchen/house and was the only way I COULD can because I have a smooth-top electric stove. We keep four or five propane cylinders full at all times. You just never know when you’ll need them…and they do double-duty for hooking up to a ventless propane heater, should the electric fail and we need heat indoors. Our goal is to have a very large propane tank set up and filled. We use very little energy otherwise, but in a grid-down situation, we’d need every bit of that tank.

  5. For easy clean up of pots (excludes cast iron), smear some liquid dish washing soap all over the outside bottom and sides BEFORE putting it on the fire or coals EVERYTIME your cook. Be generous, but it does not have to be dripping. The cheap stuff from the dollar store will do. The pot will still become black from soot. But, It will be much easier to clean afterwards. you will find the spots you missed, because they will be difficult to get the black stuff off. This will save an enormous amount of time cleaning and keep the soot off your other stuff in your pack. Old boy scout trick.
    Coals on top of the dutch oven as important as the ones below.
    If using a rack or grid to cook on, have a cooler area and hotter area. That way you can regulate the temperature and speed of the food by moving it around.
    Add a little dry grass or leaves to get a quick temp boost.

  6. Tr to use hardwood to make the coals as they will last longer and cook hotter. If you have it use a grill to keep the food away from direct contact with the coals. As others have said a Dutch oven is great.

  7. Hey PAT that’s excellent advice!!!
    Fortunately I love to cook but I agree, if you would rather not do it then have another take care of the cooking and perhaps volunteer for cleanup detail.
    Just a word of advice for anyone that doesn’t like to cook. We all must eat and in some cases what we want to eat has to be cooked, like chicken for instance. If you aren’t a cook here’s a great easy recipe.
    First crank up the oven to 475 degrees.
    Next take a whole chicken and wash it under running water, inside body cavity and out. Pat dry with paper towels.
    Then mix together cold butter with garlic powder; sage. rosemary, thyme and rub this mixture all over the bird, inside & out.
    Now slice oranges and or lemons and stick them inside the cavity.
    Finally stick the bird, in a roasting pan or cast iron skillet of course, and place it into the HOT oven. Give it about 20 minutes under the high heat, then cut the temperature back to 375 and let that bird roast for another 40 or 50 minutes.
    The chicken is thoroughly cooked when the leg bone rotates and the meat around the leg bone disconnects with little to no effort.
    If you really want to get fancy toss some sliced potato wedges, carrots and onions in that pan with the chicken and you’ll have a feast! in just over an hour, rain or shine.

    • Thanks for the recipe hoagie. Still doesn’t solve my problem. 🙂 I know how to cook and am passable at it. Mmm Just don’t like to do it. You coming for a long visit? As it is my hubby tells his sister that I starve him, so she takes pity on him (and me) and cooks a great meal.

  8. My best cooking tip is: Have someone else do the cooking. lol Cooking is something I am not fond of so I would say to practice cooking recipes with what you would use if no electricity was present.

  9. Thanks Gaye. I know someone with a solar oven but even in moderate sun, it’s a challenge at times, to get a roast or chicken cooked in a reasonable time. By reasonable I mean 4 or more hours. Once, after 6+ hours in the solar, we get too hungery and tossed the food into the conventional oven and in 30 minutes we were eating.

Leave a Reply