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Over the coming years we will need to move from a global culture addicted to cheap, abundant petroleum to a culture of compelled conservation, whether through government directive or market forces. The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook provides useful practical advice for preparing your family and community to make the transition.   This book takes a positive, upbea Over the coming years we will need to move from a global culture addicted to cheap, abundant petroleum to a culture of compelled conservation, whether through government directive or market forces. The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook provides useful practical advice for preparing your family and community to make the transition.   This book takes a positive, upbeat, and optimistic view of “the Great Change,” promoting the idea that it can be an opportunity to redeem our essential interconnectedness with nature and with each other. The many rifts that have grown up since oil became the world’s prime commodity can be mended: between cities and their food sources; the design of the suburban-built environment and its car-oriented sprawl; runaway greenhouse warming, and the clearing of forests and toxification of rivers, oceans, and land. Topics covered include:   • Rebuilding civilization • Changing your needs • Water and waste disposal • Energy and transportation • Equipment and tools • Food storage and first aid   Also including lighthearted, playful recipes—some using basic, wholesome foods, some illustrating food growing or preservation, and all emphasizing organic, flavorful, and locally grown produce that can readily substitute one for another—this book is about having your catastrophe and eating it too.


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Over the coming years we will need to move from a global culture addicted to cheap, abundant petroleum to a culture of compelled conservation, whether through government directive or market forces. The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook provides useful practical advice for preparing your family and community to make the transition.   This book takes a positive, upbea Over the coming years we will need to move from a global culture addicted to cheap, abundant petroleum to a culture of compelled conservation, whether through government directive or market forces. The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook provides useful practical advice for preparing your family and community to make the transition.   This book takes a positive, upbeat, and optimistic view of “the Great Change,” promoting the idea that it can be an opportunity to redeem our essential interconnectedness with nature and with each other. The many rifts that have grown up since oil became the world’s prime commodity can be mended: between cities and their food sources; the design of the suburban-built environment and its car-oriented sprawl; runaway greenhouse warming, and the clearing of forests and toxification of rivers, oceans, and land. Topics covered include:   • Rebuilding civilization • Changing your needs • Water and waste disposal • Energy and transportation • Equipment and tools • Food storage and first aid   Also including lighthearted, playful recipes—some using basic, wholesome foods, some illustrating food growing or preservation, and all emphasizing organic, flavorful, and locally grown produce that can readily substitute one for another—this book is about having your catastrophe and eating it too.

30 review for The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook: Recipes for Changing Times

  1. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    I did not read every page, but this felt like a guide of how to live amidst global warming and make smarter decisions. It sometimes says things like, "in case fuel is hard to come by, you can put these potato wedges in an open fire," and includes ideas to conserve water in your bathtub, and a recipe for grasshopper quesadillas. Which maybe is a future reality, but I don't know...there were some contradictions. What I liked was that it talked about making sprouts, drying food, canning, and also a I did not read every page, but this felt like a guide of how to live amidst global warming and make smarter decisions. It sometimes says things like, "in case fuel is hard to come by, you can put these potato wedges in an open fire," and includes ideas to conserve water in your bathtub, and a recipe for grasshopper quesadillas. Which maybe is a future reality, but I don't know...there were some contradictions. What I liked was that it talked about making sprouts, drying food, canning, and also about altering basic needs. One sentence at the beginning said something like "people often say, how do i deal with global warming? what can I buy to be more green and decrease my footprint?" and the authors say, "don't buy anything! that is our problem, we consume more than ever" and talk about how it is time to learn to live with less. Less in a day, less immediate gratification, and less access to any kind of food whenever we want it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Hilary

    This book was kind of a mixed bag -- some good info, some ridiculous sounding recipes, some helpful, hopeful ways of thinking about how to deal with an uncertain future. (And what future IS certain?) I liked that he talked about communities as being essential to survival and offered ways of building communities and issues to think about related to sustaining communities. I'm assuming, though, that he was joking when he included iPod in the list of bike essentials. That was a joke, right? Had to This book was kind of a mixed bag -- some good info, some ridiculous sounding recipes, some helpful, hopeful ways of thinking about how to deal with an uncertain future. (And what future IS certain?) I liked that he talked about communities as being essential to survival and offered ways of building communities and issues to think about related to sustaining communities. I'm assuming, though, that he was joking when he included iPod in the list of bike essentials. That was a joke, right? Had to be a joke.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Read it for the recipes, lost interest half-way through after seeing too many exotic/luxury/are-you-kidding-me-it's-supposed-to-be-the-apocalypse ingredients. Read it for the recipes, lost interest half-way through after seeing too many exotic/luxury/are-you-kidding-me-it's-supposed-to-be-the-apocalypse ingredients.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This book was terrible!(At least the first 40 pages were, I couldn't finish it). One of the most disappointing sources of information I've looked at in a long time. The content isn't bad but not unique. However, the recipes he lists, to be used 'post-petroleum', involve ingredients that grow in tiny regions and are exclusively imported, such as chocolate. It's practically a guide to luxury hippy grocery store shopping, not a survival guide. I was baffled that he named the book as heroically as h This book was terrible!(At least the first 40 pages were, I couldn't finish it). One of the most disappointing sources of information I've looked at in a long time. The content isn't bad but not unique. However, the recipes he lists, to be used 'post-petroleum', involve ingredients that grow in tiny regions and are exclusively imported, such as chocolate. It's practically a guide to luxury hippy grocery store shopping, not a survival guide. I was baffled that he named the book as heroically as he did.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dustin

    For a cookbook that's supposed to be useful after mass global transportation is a thing of the past there sure are a lot of regional ingredients. As for the non-cookbook bulk of the text the author lost me in the first 15 or so pages when they started piling up unsubstantiated claims like locally sourced fertilizer. For a cookbook that's supposed to be useful after mass global transportation is a thing of the past there sure are a lot of regional ingredients. As for the non-cookbook bulk of the text the author lost me in the first 15 or so pages when they started piling up unsubstantiated claims like locally sourced fertilizer.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melody

    This is the Mother Earth News Almanac for the current generation. Full of lots of solid concrete advice that works no matter what happens in the coming years. There are many yummy and practical recipes as well, discounting the grasshoppers. Though I won't turn my nose up at grasshoppers if it's all we've got. A lot of the stuff laid out here is what I'm already doing. Gardening, making community, walking, composting, consuming little in the way of manufactured goods at retail. I'm not a stockpil This is the Mother Earth News Almanac for the current generation. Full of lots of solid concrete advice that works no matter what happens in the coming years. There are many yummy and practical recipes as well, discounting the grasshoppers. Though I won't turn my nose up at grasshoppers if it's all we've got. A lot of the stuff laid out here is what I'm already doing. Gardening, making community, walking, composting, consuming little in the way of manufactured goods at retail. I'm not a stockpiler or a survivalist, but after reading this book, I may just lay in a case of balsamic vinegar and a couple jars of ascorbic acid. Recommended, even if you deny that anything catastrophic could possibly bring about the end of society as you know it in this best of all possible worlds.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susie

    wood stove, water purification system, a few acres, time to get ready

  8. 5 out of 5

    Silvia Di Blasio

    Easy to read and have an idea of what's coming. However, I wanted more, more facts, more ideas and resources. Easy to read and have an idea of what's coming. However, I wanted more, more facts, more ideas and resources.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Morena

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    Lindsay Sara Bysterveld

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    Kyle Tezak

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  24. 4 out of 5

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