Why The Prepper’s Cookbook Should be in Your Survival Library

When Ulysses Press contacted me to see if I’d review The Prepper’s Cookbook, by Tess Pennington, I wasn’t sure about it. My first thought was, “This isn’t my area of expertise.” But I thought you and other readers might be interested. Besides, I was curious to see what goes into a cookbook for preppers.

After working my way through the book and interviewing Tess Pennington for yesterday’s DestinySurvival Radio, I can tell you why you should have The Prepper’s Cookbook in your survival library.

Have you been setting aside canned food items from the grocery store in your survival pantry, but you don’t know how you’ll use them creatively? Or have you purchased dehydrated and freeze dried foods, but you don’t know what you’ll do with them when the time comes to feed yourself and your family in a grid down situation?

It’s The Prepper’s Cookbook to the rescue.


About Tess Pennington


Tess Pennington


Tess says she’s always been around people with a readiness attitude, but she took preparedness more seriously after 9/11, when she was involved with the Red Cross. Then the declining economy a few years ago was a further motivator.

She’s the founder of ReadyNutrition.com, which is a popular prepping website with over 160,000 readers a month. Her site promotes disaster preparedness, homesteading and, ultimately, self-reliance.

She has a simple mission–to introduce easy to understand concepts and strategies for dealing with disasters and emergencies, be they man-made or natural. She believes that through knowledge, skills development and family-based preparedness, we can learn to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Her site offers a popular web-series called “52-Weeks to Preparedness.” It’s free and has helped thousands get ready for life’s unexpected disasters.


About The Prepper’s Cookbook


The Prepper's Cookbook


This cookbook contains more than recipes. Tess introduces practical prepping concepts and teaches you how to make the most out of your food supply. She uses low-cost ingredients found in many homes, and she shows you how to use your food pantry to make a variety of meals during emergency situations. Tess gives you guidance on…
  • Shopping wisely and buying plenty for less
  • Knowing what to store for maintaining a balanced diet
  • Knowing how much to store
  • Suggestions to use equipment such as a solar oven and hand cranked appliances for off grid situations
  • Making use of leftovers, including making soups
  • How to repackage food with Mylar and oxygen absorbers so it will last longer
  • Dehydrating and canning
  • Getting children involved


Find chapters on…
  • Breakfast
  • Lunchtime favorites
  • Supper
  • Beans and rice
  • Kid approved snacks
  • Side dishes
  • Grains
  • Breads and pastas
  • Desserts and baked goods
  • Beverages
  • Alternative ingredients


Find recipes for things like…
  • Applesauce Oat Muffins
  • French Toast
  • Black Bean Soup
  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Beef Stroganoff
  • Fish Tacos
  • Potatoes Croquette
  • Asian Ramen Salad
  • Quinoa Tabouli
  • Rice Pilaf
  • Buttermilk Biscuits
  • Peach Cobbler
  • …and many more.


As you would hope for in a cookbook, there’s a handy conversion chart in the back as well as a helpful index.

As with any useful skill, it’s important to practice now to be prepared for trouble. Start using the recipes and techniques called for in The Prepper’s Cookbook. You don’t have to be limited to freeze dried meals or MRE’s. Turn shelf-stable, freeze-dried and dehydrated foods into delicious, nutritious dishes your family will love eating.

Besides, the more you prepare ahead of time now, the less fuel you’ll need for cooking later when it’s in short supply or not readily available.


About boring survival foods

Tess has recipes to help avoid appetite fatigue and make certain foods associated with survival more appealing. There’s no need to dread them. If you’re going to store what you eat and eat what you store, make the most of the investment you’re putting into your survival pantry.

For example, we talked about things you can do with…

  • Rice and beans
  • Ramen noodles
  • Potatoes
  • TVP (textured vegetable protein)
  • Spam
  • Wheat


Find out more

What foods does Tess dehydrate? What are some of her favorite recipes? How does she get her children involved in the kitchen and in preparedness in general?

Find answers to these and more when you hear my interview with Tess Pennington on DestinySurvival Radio for March 21, 2013. Check out Tess’s site at ReadyNutrition.com.

The Prepper’s Cookbook is a DestinySurvival Pick. Click on its title where you see it linked in this post. You’ll be taken to the page where it’s featured.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

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