BDS Book Festival: Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
BDS Book Festival: Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living

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The Backdoor Survival Book Festival continues. With so many great authors and great books, I simply had to bring in another entry this week.  Today Stacy Harris, the author of Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living is here to answer some questions and, of course, give you an opportunity to win a free copy of her fabulous book.

Let me tell you a bit about Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living.  First of all, it is a gorgeous book.  Open any page and you will find mouth-watering photos of fresh fruits, homemade soups, scrumptious breads and the most appetizing main dishes made from venison that I have ever seen.

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But this is not just a pretty book with pictures.  The recipes are clear and concise and comingled with tips on everything from canning, keeping chickens, beekeeping, making compost and more.  You are going to want this book.

Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.

An Interview with Stacy Harris

Tell me about your book, Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living. What is it about?

Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living is a back-to-basics cookbook that includes tutorials from gardening, preserving, foraging, raise chickens and bees to how to make wild game tender and succulent. It captures the essence of self-sufficient living and taking responsibility for one’s own health and safe food supply.

Why did you write Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living?

Actually, there are a few reasons. There weren’t many books out there talking about the benefits of cooking with “wild” ingredients such as wild game and heirloom vegetables. These ingredients are not only the best tasting ingredients available for man’s use, they are the healthiest. The meat of organic beef, deer, duck, goose, pheasant, and quail among others is lower in fat and is a great source in B Vitamins, zinc, niacin, and phosphorus and also has higher omega 3 fatty acids and most do not have added hormones and antibiotics. The number of vegetables entering the Genetically Modified category are increasing yearly, not to mention the harmful pesticides being used in the modern farming industry.

I wanted to give the knowledge that I have learned over the past twenty years of “living off the land” and making the most of wild ingredients to others that want to take their health and food into their own hands. I have developed a ton of amazing recipes to make the toughest meats succulent and delicious. I am convinced after all these years that wild foods taste much better than corn fed animals and genetically modified foods. It is all in the preparation of the food. You will truly be amazed at how easy it is to create succulent dinners using what you and your family grow and harvest.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living?

Our world has really gotten off track when it comes to the food that we are preparing for our families. People depend too much on the others to provide for their food needs. My mission is to encourage and inspire families, including the children, to see just how easy it is to grow and harvest their own foods; to get back-to-basics concerning their food for health, taste, and better relationships.

There is nothing more powerful than food that draws people together, keeps communication open, and keeps relationships consistent, fun, and loving. Whether it be the bond that is built while planting a garden or harvesting a deer, fishing, cooking, or enjoying a great meal around the table using the food that your family has provided with their own hands or the confidence built through the hunts, cuisine preparation, the sustainable lifestyle prepares the entire family for life and fulfillment.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I am happily married to the man of my dreams, raise and home educate my seven children, cook incessantly, do mounds of laundry, garden, forage, fish, and spend hours on various homesteading projects. I spend my days teaching my children how to live off the land as much as possible. At most anytime I can be found building a chicken tractor, earthen oven, smokehouse, planting a garden, fishing, bee-keeping, hunting, foraging, or preserving food.

I am a Christian woman who desires to make life more fulfilling for and encourage my family, friends and everyone else in life that my life touches through my books, blog, or television appearances.

Do you have plans for another book?

Yes, I am in the process of writing another book, Suburban Homesteading, and have quite a few more in mind. My other books are Happy Healthy Family Tracking the Outdoors In, Wildgame: Food for Your Family, and a DVD, Gourmet Venison with Stacy Harris.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

I think most of your readers already live life to the fullest, but my hope is that in people’s quest to prepare for the future, they will also enjoy every minute of every day. Food is essential for life and a necessity, but it is also a way that we can be creative and enjoy the small things in life from planting a beautiful but useful garden to creating a work of art for a meal.

The Book Giveaway

A copy of Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living plus the Gourmet Venison with Stacy Harris DVD and a Game and Garden apron has been reserved for one extremely lucky reader.  Here is a question to think about and answer week’s question:

What are you doing – large or small – to live a sustainable life?

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 PM Pacific on Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced in the next Sunday Survival Buzz.  He or she will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

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.

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The Final Word

Whether you are seeking guidance on heirloom gardening or wishing to learn how to pan fry quail, this is the book for you.  The best part about it is that as I read and use Stacy’s book, I can live my dream of homesteading, right here in my seaside cottage.

I hope you will enter the giveaway to win your own copy of this fabulous new book!

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Spotlight Item:  Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living

Stacy Harris Sustainable Living

This is a  lavishly illustrated must-have book for any novice or well seasoned gardener, forager, hunter, natural food-foodie or for those who want to take their food sources and health into their own hands. It promotes eating as much from the wild as possible and gives techniques to simplify the process of  making succulent, excellent meals with simple ingredients. Along with tips for heirloom gardening, canning, preserving, saving seeds, raising bees and chickens, and more, she gives extraordinary simple meals for the family using these natural ingredients brought in from the garden or from the farmer’s market.

One very important aspect of this book is that Stacy explains how to work with tough, grass-fed foraging animal meats so that when they are cooked, the results are tender, “non-gamey” succulent meat. There are gorgeous, full-color photos for every recipe and tip throughout, and several step-by-step tutorials for a variety of recipes and topics.

Bargain Bin:  Today is all about books.  Listed below are all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival. 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)
Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival


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I really love the Provident Pantry Corn Muffin Mix which I cooked up as corn bread in my cast iron skillet.  Oh my gosh – it was better than anything boxed that I have ever purchased and as good as home made.  The best part is that all I had to add was water!  Same with the Buttermilk Biscuit Mix.

These are just two of the food storage items that you can purchase at Emergency Essentials.  And if you need some recipes?  Go to the Food Storage Recipes page of Emergency Essentials for lots of creative (and free) ideas for using the good you have on hand.


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69 Responses to “BDS Book Festival: Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living”

  1. In moving towards living a more sustainable life, we have been planting heirloom seeds (and seed saving), planting fruit trees, composting, and using a pressure canner, food saver (bags and jars), and dehydrator to put up foods. I’ve purchased some mylar bags, oxygen absorbers, and a hair straightener to use as a sealer, and will soon begin trying out this method of food preservation, also. I’ve recently gotten interested in some of Gaye’s information on essential oils, and have made some of my own clove oil, Miracle Salve, and Thieves’ Oil. We see that as much of our garbage as possible is put into the recycle container. Thanks, Gaye, for all your helpful information and resources! You are quite a prepper mentor for so many of us!

  2. The biggest thing we do is hunt, butchering up our own meat, and I have just learned to make our own sausage, smoking it with a real smoker, utilizing hickory from our land. We plant food plots for the deer and turkey. I also vegetable garden and can, mainly Tomatoes. Try as I might, I’m having a hard time getting used to KY soil. I am working towards a wild flower meadow for the birds, bees and butterflies. So far, the tall, unattractive weeds have taken a good hold of that, but I’m still trying. I have ducks as my natural pesticide. They love Japanese beetles, and as a side benefit, they give me eggs with a neutral ph.

  3. Buying e books and recycling is all I have been able to do at this point. But I continue to make baby steps.

  4. I’m new to all of this, so I need all the help I can get. We are living in a small trailer this year so I have not have space to store stuff and I can only plant stuff in containers…but by next year we hope to move to our own place and I will start putting your advice to good use. 😉 Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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