BDS Book Festival: Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living

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

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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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. I’m continuing to buy food and supplies for the Future and living healthily. I am occupying until the Lord comes.

  2. To live a more sustainable life, I have finally purchased a pressure canner, mylar bags, food saver (mainly for vaccum sealing) and began prepping for the future. I’m now reading “Grow More Vegetables” to learn to garden in a more sustainable way. Would love to read Stacy Harris’s books and learn more. I have a NOOK and the book is only available through Amazon (but only in hardback) and have requested the book to be available through Barnes & Noble as an e-book. I love your book recommendations and your interviews. I hope you keep this weekly section going.


    • Well…I wasn’t able to send a request for the ebook through Barnes & Nobles website just yet. The message keeps coming back to me as “undeliverable”. I will have to give them a call to see what’s what with their request e-mail.

      Gaye, can you personally check with the author to see if this is something she can do?


  3. I try to live a sustainable living by buying books such as this one. I already have it and it is wonderful. If you all don’t win it, go buy it. The photography alone makes your mouth water as you look at the recipes.
    I think Stacy is being humble by not telling you she was a fashion model and a lawyer before raising and home schooling 7 children, and living the homesteading lifestyle. My hat goes off to her.

  4. I try to live a more sustainable life by growing most of my own food, bartering with friends and neighbors for things I can’t produce myself, and finding the simple pleasures in life and realizing I don’t need most of the gadgets that modern society thinks we all must have. A good book, fiber to spin and weave, and playing my dulcimer are my entertainment.

  5. Growing, drying, canning as much food as I can. Growing more heirloom plants and saving seeds. Purchase a couple of portable solar units. Recycling as much as I can. Purchasing as many non-power tools as I can. Hoping to eventually get chickens before to late. Trying to think outside the box and to adapt or readjust ideas from other preppers.

  6. Reading, practicing, & learning as much as possible related to self sufficiency as possible. So if there is an interruption in services the inconveniences will not be insurmountable.

  7. This year I purchased a dehydrator and learned how to dehydrate veggies and store them without refrigeration. I learned to water bath can and purchased a pressure canner. This spring I’m going to try my hand at a permaculture garden and learn to can low acid veggies in the pressure canner.

  8. My husband and I grow and raise as much of our food as possible and he is able to supplement our pantry with his great hunting skills! We would love a copy of Stacy’s book to make the most of that grass fed meat!

  9. I have been raising chickens for both eggs and meat. Learning how secure I need to make the coop to keep out wild animals and stray pets.

    • I have found a Border Collie to be the BEST wild animal deterrent, she loves the chickens and sleeps in the pen with them, and she has killed more opossums than I can remember! 🙂 The cats sleep in the chicken coop…the nest boxes are warm, and once the chicks have left the “baby” stage the cats no longer think they’re a snack. 🙂

  10. I have a small patio garden and have been fermenting vegetables and making jams also store various items for emergency and keep extra water on hand.

  11. Buying our first bee colony this month – to be delivered late April. Shopping for the right beekeeper suits and equipment. Hopefully by late summer we will be blessed with good nutritious honey. The other benefit is all the pollination of all our garden plants and fruit trees and berry bushes. Happy Beekeepers!

  12. We don’t hunt, but do get venison in the fall from friends. We also can most of what comes out of the garden every year (or try to). I taught my niece to can this fall and bought her a pressure canner for Christmas. I have been reading about survival and trying to be a “green house”. My mother has a bladder problem and I am in the process of making “pads” to help her and cut down on “kotex” purchases which are getting expensive and use a lot of trees, in addition that they are not the best for you with things added that I cannot pronounce. It is a lot easier to wash these out and reuse them as far as I am concerned. I keep trying to find things that save money and get us prepared for when TSHTF. I hope I win this book, but if not, I will purchase it as it seems to be something I would be interested in reading.

  13. To live a more sustainable life I am working on expanding my compost buckets, growing more herbs this year and trying some of the medicinal herbs.

  14. Follow the advice of my grandfather to ‘Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without’.
    Grow some of my own food in containers. Dehydrate but never learned to can food. Perhaps some day!

  15. I raise chickens for eggs, and sometimes we get a rooster that we butcher (not my cup of tea, really), I have a huge veggie garden, and I start all my veggies from seed (including onions), and the year before last I learned to water bath can, this year I hope to get enough beans to learn to pressure can. I read everything I can on sustainable living, and love Jackie Clay books! I have been dehydrating for many years and making jerky. I know how to do my laundry without electricity (although freeze-drying is NO fun!) and my daughter worked a dairy goat farm last year, so if it became necessary, we can milk goats (something she IS thinking about for this year). I do know how to hunt, although it’s also one of those things I’m not thrilled with, and I know how to butcher a deer, and a steer. I can also fish, and am a very good cook. I can also sew pretty well. I do try to teach my kids these skills, but my daughter is the only one who really takes to the country lifestyle well. The boys can cook and do their own laundry, though, and in this day and age…that’s really saying something! 🙂 (oh, and they know how to butcher a chicken…really not their cup of tea either).

  16. I am working on growing all my own vegetables (it’s been a pretty steep learning curve), and this year will be using only non-hybrid seeds and learning how to save the seeds for next year. I have been doing some canning, but need to get better at that. I am also trying to convince my husband to let me have chickens. So far, it is a losing battle. 🙂
    The big thing now is to learn everything I can. I have a list of books I want to order, plus read more of the ones I currently have.

  17. Last summer I expanded the garden by 4x. I started composting my throwaway food instead of putting it in the trash. I started reading on worm composting and will get some red wigglers this spring. I hope to be busy canning and dehydrating this summer and fall.

  18. I’m in the planning stage for planting my first garden in the spring. I’ve set up contacts of people who are willing to help me can and dehydrate more food.

  19. I am ordering heirloom seeds, learning to store seeds, having older women in our church teach me to can and storing food for an emergency. My son and husband hunt and fish so I am wanting to learn how to better prepare what they bring home. My mother did these things when I was young, but I have not continued. I am looking forward to learning and re-learning some great skills. Somehow I didn’t get this excited about gardening and food storage when I was kid!

  20. Well, I still feel new to all this, but I have plans for the coming year that we are busy prepping for.
    A new greenhouse and cold frame are awaiting my new sprouts. Organic/ vertical gardening enough to eat this year and can for the next year. I hope to save the heirloom seeds from the plants we are growing this year.
    I am studying bees and planning to build some apiaries while protecting them from the Japanese Hornets that we have seen in the area.
    Already making my own “Miracle salve” (thanks for the recipe Gaye), laundry soap, shampoo, bath soap and salts as well as candles.
    We are saving our grey water in non potable containers to use for non sterile uses such as flushing and watering plants (as long as the plants are OK with the chemicals from the previous use).
    Oh, and I am planning on raising chickens next year. (Didn’t want to overload my plate for this year) Not too shabby for a newbie.

  21. I am trying to buy more local, raise more myself (especially meat since home raised tastes so much better, and doesn’t cause the GI issues of store bought meat) and most important harvest locally when I can from the wilds of AZ…

  22. Since I don’t own my home I am working on ways to have fruit trees that can move with me. They have to be portable by me and maybe one other person. I am also adding to my food stockpile. I have several ways to start a fire if need be at this point. Having enough water is an area I need to do more planning for as well.

  23. Being raised in the city I’ve come a long way. I have a rather large garden every year, raise chickens, can my own food, dehydrate etc. This year I’m hoping to raise chickens to slaughter for the cost savings and health benefits alone. I might not like it but I’ve done it once. It is a skill I need to have so I’m going to learn to suck it up. I also discovered a local recycling place and am hoping to find enough scrap to build an affordable greenhouse. They have the 55 gallon drums I’ve been looking for for months. So excited.

  24. We live off grid with solar and wind power. Only use propane to cook, heat water, and dry clothes – when absolutely necessary. We have chickens and a very productive vegetable garden and many fruit and nut trees. We would like to build a root cellar as it is usually very hot from April through September. We can much of our food, and dehydrate as much as possible. I want to make a solar oven soon and also a solar hot water heater. I am planning on raising worms as well. The biggest unsustainable thing we have is our 14 year old car, that gets 38mpg. Can’t seem to give it up as we are 15 miles out of town. Maybe soon we could find an affordable electric car with a decent driving range that we could recharge at home.

  25. I hunt, hunt, and then hunt some more. I can everything I can. Deer, turkey, fish. We nolonger buy beef. Stacy has taught me how to cook so the kids will eat it.

  26. I plant about 99% heirloom seeds and harvest seed for the next year. I purchase seeds for some “exotic” type survival plants and for plants to nourish local wildlife. I can and dry foods. I also try to keep informed on what’s going on.

  27. I hunt when I can based on the draw for licenses, at least for big game, and plan on hunting more for small game (rabbits, birds for instance) but I also plan on expanding my garden and will try to do more fishing this year and in the future.

  28. A year ago we sold our house in town and bought a house with a few acres 14 miles out of town. We have installed a hand pump in the well for water during power outages. (We also have a generator for that as well, plus for lighting ect.) We will be starting a garden this spring. We have been remodeling the house with emphases on space for long term food storage. Oh and I will be building a chicken coop soon, and getting chickens. And getting a bee hive set up. I could go on, but won’t. 🙂

  29. I have always gardened because I believe it is important to know how your food is raised and what goes into your soil. I have preserved as much as I could by drying, canning, and freezing. But I have never pressure canned and am hoping to purchase a pressure canner this summer.
    There are always new skills to learn and I hope to add more than the new method of canning to my list.

  30. I have been an avid hunter and fisherman for many years. I have a few of the same recipes that Stacy has but I owuld certainly love to have more. She does such a wonderful job of presenting game that even a few cityfolk have liked. I plan to expand my garden and get into canning as expenses allow. Keep up the good work.

  31. I’m learning my mom’s tricks for gardening and canning. I’ve bought some heirloom seed and we’re going to learn to harvest seeds together.

  32. Living in an apartment makes living sustainable more challenging. I have a balcony but it doesn’t get the best sunshine in the area. That being said, I am going to grow as many herbs and veggies as I possibly can in the space I have. I have my food dehydrator and it will be running full blast all season once the produce comes on. When the famers market opens, I will also purchase fruits and vegetables grown locally and put those up as I can. When I am able to get organic grass fed beef, I make jerky to enjoy and give as gifts. It is always enjoyed. I try to make as much as I can but when I have to purchase from stores, I try to purchase in bulk or in glass for lower footprint/recycling. I paint the lids on the glass jars to store things like herbs, homemade mixes, etc. They look great even tho they don’t match other than the color of the lids!!

  33. we,ve already covered most of the important “survival preps” that a family needs to have on hand. now we are working on the “bigger picture” things like fruit trees, berry bushes, more rabbit hutchs, more chickens, goats for milk, and stuff like that.

  34. I have 3 grandsons that love to hunt and fish so have been looking for ways to make all they harvest the best it can be. What a wonderful resource for daily life and to keep the hard times from feeling too strange or threatening.

  35. We’re working on better soil amendment for the vegetable beds. “Organic” fertilizers year after year are good but not enough.

  36. We live in the country, but are planning to move further out in the country. I have chickens for eggs and meat. I plan on having a garden this year and canning foods.
    I have herbal things andherbs saved and here in the house for health.
    Linda Finn

  37. We are slowly becoming more and more self-sufficient. We fish for Alaskan salmon to fill our freezer every summer, hunt moose and caribou in the fall, and this spring we will be getting our own chickens and building a big, new greenhouse with recycled windows! 🙂

  38. We started raising our own chickens. They are dual purpose (both meat and laying). We have been real lucky this first year. Even though it’s winter here, our chickens haven’t stopped laying. We also already have heirloom seeds for our first time garden. We have a storage room to store for year round.

  39. I’m focusing on food sustainability right now. Working on my garden thus weekend. I use only open-pollinated & heirloom seeds. Hope to get small food processor & pressure canner with tax refund. Hope to have a good spring garden to help feed my family & food to put back for later.

  40. We have started gardening on a much larger scale. Preserving our harvest through canning and drying to last through the winter. Most of the left overs from the garden are composted to eventually go back on the garden. And we have started to re-purpose more items around the house, jars and cans make great storage containers, old clothes become new rags and dust cloths.

  41. What are you doing – large or small – to live a sustainable life? We garden as much as we can, preserve some of our harvest, and compost as much as possible. We raise our own chickens for eggs. I am also always looking for a to reuse everything.

  42. We are renewing our farming knowledge. We’ve returned to the farm and are working on our gardening, canning, and caring for livestock skills. We had been away from farm life for a number of decades so we are certainly rusty to say the least. Would love a copy of this book. 🙂

  43. Learning as much as I can! I’m new to self-sufficiency. We have a small garden and my husband hunts and we eat the venison, but other than that I can truthfully say that I need to educate myself before jumping in head first!

  44. We raise 2 hogs a year to kill for meat, we have 12 chickens for eggs, we raise a large garden and can everything possible, dehydrate alot- hunt deer- make jerky, summer sausage and also can the meat as well. I sew and craft also make our own lotions and soaps

  45. I want to live next door to JenniferB above. I need a good teacher and she sounds like she would be a great one. We all need to prepare in all aspects as soon as we can. Be Smart…. Be Safe.

  46. We continue to read, research and gain as much knowledge as we can. Along with adding to supplies, equipment, food and water storage. It’s become a lifestyle.

  47. Part of my self sufficiency life style is continuing to practice techniques that my farmer grandmother taught me. She raised 9 children and extended family during the Great Depression on virtually no money and fighting the Dust Bowl conditions. I find something everyday that leads to less dependence on electricity, or fossil fuels. Canning and other means of food preservation is a year-round occupation.
    This book looks like a gold mine of information that I could apply immediately!

  48. We plant a garden every yr. both my husband and myself and our two kids learned to deer hunt this yr. we also own an off grid cabin. We lived in it exclusively for over 2 yrs but do to work had to move but still own it.

  49. 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.

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

  51. 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.

  52. 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!

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