"If you expect to survive the aftermath of doomsday, you need to be prepared to keep you and your family safe and healthy," declares Robert Paine. "Doomsday can be unpredictable, like a hurricane or a devastating earthquake, giving people only a few hours or days to prepare. Some believe this will happen and some think it's all a bunch of superstition, but why even take the chance?"
Why indeed? Who knows what's around the corner – hurricane, heavy rain, end of world.
Up 'til now, we thought we'd seen the full gamut of cookbooks, but it turns out, there's a new kid on the block. It's something akin to cooking-on-a-budget crossed with Man Vs. Wild. Meet: the survivalist/doomsday prepper cookbook genre.
Robert Paine's recipe book, above, contains 75+ recipes to die for. Think: molasses cornbread, army baked beans, black-eyed pea soup and hard times spice cake. If you're keen to create the dinner party to end all dinner parties, Paine has you covered. He also includes 'emergency food preparation techniques' and tips for 'cooking in natural conditions', which opens with: "A stone with a hollow in it makes an excellent container."
Paine is, however, careful to manage the reader's expectations about the likely gastronomic realities of cooking in the end-of-world, and he refrains from setting the bar too high. "If all of the ingredients you use are food," he reminds his reader, "then the chances are the end result will be edible (especially if you're hungry enough.)"
Munchies has conducted a far-reaching review of their top doomsday prepper cookbooks; read more right here.
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