The Prepper’s Cookbook

With all the books that I have stacked up to review, this is the first one that my wife has actually picked up.  And although this book might appeal more to the female prepper’s out there, I feel that this is a book that anyone who includes food storage in their preparedness should include in their library.

Author Tess Pennington is well-known in the preparedness community.  Her website, Ready Nutrition is a source of common-sense preparedness.  She has continued this approach to preparedness in her book, The Prepper’s Cookbook.  

The Prepper’s Cookbook is filled with 300 recipes that prepper’s can cook out of their food storage.  Did you read that?  That was 300 recipes!!!  But there is so much more in this 220 page book than one might realize.  Here are just a few of the extras:

  • Conversion Charts – For customary to metric.  Do you know how many teaspoons make 1 tablespoon right off the bat?
  • Healthy Substitution Charts
  • Food Calculator – For a Family of Two for 1 month.  Double, Triple the amounts as needed.
  • Food Storage 101 – Step by step on how to store in 5 gallon containers, step by step on water bath canning, step by step on pressure canning, dehydrating and all the charts and conversion that go along with it.  This information in itself is worth the whole book.

For many who pick up this book, the reasons for preparedness are already understood.  However, for the uninitiated, the chapters on Introduction to Prepping and Don’t Just Survive, Thrive will provide plenty of practical reasons to live a life of preparedness.

Other chapters include:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunchtime
  • Supper
  • Beans & Rice
  • Kid-Approved Snacks
  • Side Dishes
  • Grains
  • Breads & Pastas
  • Desserts & Baked Goods
  • Beverages

The best food storage program will consist of varying types: dehydrated, canned, 5 gallon buckets, store bought, fermented, pickled…you name it.  The Prepper’s Cookbook can help you utilize all these types to provide healthy, nutritious and frugal meals for your whole family.  The Prepper’s Cookbook is only $10.76 on Amazon.  I can’t imagine a better bang for the buck!

For other great preparedness resources, including info. on food storage and even more recipes, visit Ready Nutrition.

To enter into the contest and win a free autographed copy, leave a comment below on your thoughts on your own food storage.  Participants should reside in the continental US.  The contest will end on Saturday evening, June 8.  A random # generator will be used to choose a winner.  Good luck.

98 responses to The Prepper’s Cookbook

  1. On June 2nd, 2013 at 12:30 am , Marcia Smith said...

    I love Tess. I have following her for quite awhile and would love to win her cookbook.

  2. On June 2nd, 2013 at 6:07 am , Adam said...

    I wanna win the cookbook

  3. On June 2nd, 2013 at 1:49 pm , Kal Kalvert said...

    Ole guy needs cooking ideas

  4. On June 2nd, 2013 at 2:21 pm , goodygoody said...

    Gasp. A Tess Pennington work! I’d love one!

  5. On June 2nd, 2013 at 5:18 pm , Tammy said...

    Would love to win this awesome cookbook, with helpful information!!

  6. On June 2nd, 2013 at 5:21 pm , Nicole said...

    We have tried to store some food, but I’m nervous to store tons of rice and beans if I don’t know what to cook it with. I am a big fan of Tess’ and would love this book to shed some light on cooking with bulk food storage.

  7. On June 2nd, 2013 at 5:38 pm , Brent Stinson said...

    “Send the cookbook or the puppy get’s it!!!

  8. On June 2nd, 2013 at 5:46 pm , Delores Karraker said...

    This would be awesome! We’ve only recently started “prepping” and storing food. Sometimes, it’s a bit overwhelming.

  9. On June 2nd, 2013 at 6:03 pm , grammiem said...

    I’d love to win this,a real treat

  10. On June 2nd, 2013 at 6:29 pm , deborah middleton said...

    Follow her sites all the time. There’s a lot of great stuff their and a must for all to check out. Have been dreaming of getting one of these books someday.

  11. On June 2nd, 2013 at 9:29 pm , Scott said...

    I’d love to win this book, my wife and I are looking for some more ideas

  12. On June 3rd, 2013 at 6:50 am , Sandy Desmond said...

    With just two of us, it is sometimes hard to cook a nutritious meal without tons of leftovers. Thus, my obsession with canning. It would be great to have a cookbook that I could use for ideas to make different meals with what is already in my pantry.

  13. On June 3rd, 2013 at 10:11 am , Jeff said...

    We’re always looking for new ways to cook our stored food. We have concentrated on the 3 sisters for years since they are easy to grow and store throughout the winter. We have started drying a lot of our own herbs and would love to learn more ways to use them.

  14. On June 3rd, 2013 at 1:09 pm , Rhona Barrie said...

    Would love to add this book to my preparedness library. It looks like a one stop book for all the needed information for food prep and storage.

  15. On June 3rd, 2013 at 3:27 pm , ed said...

    We could really use some ideas to spice up our food storage. We can and dehydrate a lot of vegetables and fruits. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  16. On June 3rd, 2013 at 3:27 pm , Wesley said...

    Would be a great little item to have now that the garden is producing like wild and I’m about to have to start canning!

  17. On June 3rd, 2013 at 3:33 pm , Susumu said...

    Brand new prepper here and with that being said I would love some help on which kinds of preps would 1) Store well 2)Be tasty 3)Not cost an arm and a leg. I would much appreiciate the help this book could provide !

  18. On June 3rd, 2013 at 3:42 pm , Johnny said...

    Love to win one so I can learn to survive! It would be interesting to figure how to make the proper foods to keep from getting hungry! It would be nice to win this cookbook!

  19. On June 3rd, 2013 at 3:43 pm , Jason said...

    Awesome book idea. Always better to have it written down instead of in the head!

  20. On June 3rd, 2013 at 3:43 pm , C.L. Wilson said...

    Food burnout will be a HUGE problem with many people that just put some food away without giving any real thought behind their preps. This cookbook, and those like it, will be a gold mine to those that survive long enough to take advantage of this kind of resource.

  21. On June 3rd, 2013 at 3:52 pm , John Francis said...

    My wife is looking for a resource just like this! Perfect addition to all of our reference material.

  22. On June 3rd, 2013 at 4:02 pm , chris said...

    Could really use this cookbook. Be a good thing to help sway the husband a little more to the prep/planning issues.

  23. On June 3rd, 2013 at 4:05 pm , jake said...

    Looking for ways to cook when the lights go out.

  24. On June 3rd, 2013 at 4:07 pm , Cathi said...

    I have learned tons from Tess’s writing so far. Would love to have a copy of this book for my preps…thanks!

  25. On June 3rd, 2013 at 4:17 pm , mike said...

    pick me pick me!

  26. On June 3rd, 2013 at 4:20 pm , Jason mccoy said...

    I’d love to win this.

  27. On June 3rd, 2013 at 4:22 pm , Lee said...

    I’ve been dehydrating a lot of the produce from my garden and storing in vacuum sealed jars. Now I have tons of fruits and veggies but don’t seem to be able to cook anything with them except stew and tomato sauce. I really need some ideas. Also, I’m having trouble figuring out how much dehydrated stuff to use to equal the fresh amount. This sounds like the cook book I need! :)

  28. On June 3rd, 2013 at 4:27 pm , Doug said...

    My wife is a GREAT cook, and has been cooking from our preps for a while now, but she can always use new ideas, so “Bring it on!”

  29. On June 3rd, 2013 at 5:00 pm , Ron Burgin said...

    I need new ways to cook like a kook!

  30. On June 3rd, 2013 at 5:08 pm , vic hamilton said...

    Of a family of four I am the lone wolf when it comes to prepping. My prepping just provides some negative comments from family members, so I’m pretty much on my own. I could really use something like this, because by the time the real cooks in my family realize I did the right thing it will be too late. :(

  31. On June 3rd, 2013 at 6:08 pm , Aaron said...

    @delores- I know that starting its easy to get overwhelmed… It’s also easy to spend money and not get very far. I strongly suggest finding the articles 10 things to do now and 10 more things to do now as a starting point.

    A year ago, I never had touched a pressure canner, now I teach friends and family…

    Hang in there, educate yourself, and stack supplies but hope you never need em.

  32. On June 3rd, 2013 at 6:16 pm , albert lopez said...

    hoping that my thumb gets greener by the day as Ive been trying to grow food. Love her site and how to cook would be another plus

  33. On June 3rd, 2013 at 6:19 pm , wwlee4411 said...

    I’m trying to get my wife to prepare better. HELP.

  34. On June 3rd, 2013 at 6:39 pm , MrApple said...

    I would love to add this book to my small but growing self-reliance library. And free is always better.

  35. On June 3rd, 2013 at 6:55 pm , Lindsey P. said...

    Mother of two little ones and new to food storage. Would love a copy.

  36. On June 3rd, 2013 at 7:39 pm , Robyn said...

    Not fair! I’m in Alaska, which isn’t the continental US! :(

  37. On June 3rd, 2013 at 7:44 pm , Natasha Vignoni said...

    I’d love to win this book – not for myself but for my sister.

    My food storage is great – I am in a hurricane prone zone. I am used to it. I store in food grade plastic buckets which are excellent. But, when I store small portions of other things (beans, flour, etc) I use a regular square bucket because I can’t fit it quite so well in a round container. I think my food preps are good because I store staple foods only. I think it is important to store tons of rice and beans because it is cheap and filling.

    I have a garden but I can grow year round… canning is good but time consuming. I think that communities should can together and save everyone loads of hours in the kitchen.

    I would like to win this book but give it to my sister because she used to mock my theories… but then she started seeing what was happening all around us. It took her a while but then her boyfriend started prepping too. I feel that winning her will inspire her to store more food because she only has enough for the week. I sent her seeds and she switched to organic cooking but her recipes are dull and flavorless.

    Thank you!

  38. On June 3rd, 2013 at 8:07 pm , Mark said...

    Thank you for your fantastic ideas! Looking forward to implementing them here in Colorado

  39. On June 3rd, 2013 at 8:27 pm , Brian said...

    Thank you for the cook book! I will use it to make sure that my family is prepared. Thanks again.

  40. On June 3rd, 2013 at 8:27 pm , pops said...

    I just want me and my love ones to survive.

  41. On June 3rd, 2013 at 8:29 pm , chris said...

    When it comes to food storage I keep freeze dried food and canned goods as my main preps. I also use fresh ingredients but they get rotated out on a FIFO basis.

  42. On June 3rd, 2013 at 9:23 pm , Jennifer said...

    Focusing on water storage and learning to make flat bread with my “storage” wheat

  43. On June 3rd, 2013 at 9:30 pm , Jay said...

    I need more plastic containers. Would love to win a copy.

  44. On June 3rd, 2013 at 9:42 pm , Claire said...

    I have learned a tremendous amount from this site-thank you! I started taking steps to become prepared a little over a year ago. I have learned a tremendous amount from this site, including information on food storage. In fact, *today* I canned/jarred my first batches of hand-picked strawberry jam.

  45. On June 3rd, 2013 at 10:25 pm , earthypoetgrrlBeth said...

    would love to win a copy!

  46. On June 3rd, 2013 at 10:47 pm , theresa b said...

    Please put my name in the barrel. This looks like a good one.

  47. On June 3rd, 2013 at 11:13 pm , Kristi Novac said...

    I can always use new ideas for cooking! :)

  48. On June 3rd, 2013 at 11:27 pm , Brian Mellott said...

    When supplies run low alternative ideas for meals really help extend those supplies you have one hand. A book with this information would be invaluable to a prepper.

  49. On June 3rd, 2013 at 11:47 pm , Spark said...

    This is an awesome idea and I would you do well in your advertisement of the book. I think that it looks awesome and If i had money i would buy it as well.

  50. On June 4th, 2013 at 12:11 am , Lori H said...

    Been going at this slow and steady for about a year. Beginning to feel like I am making progress. Would love to win that book.

  51. On June 4th, 2013 at 7:30 am , Phillip Stuczynski said...

    I Would love to win this awesome cookbook, with helpful information! Thanks for the opportunity!

  52. On June 4th, 2013 at 7:40 am , Paul R said...

    Started prepping a few months ago and this would be a fantastic addition !

  53. On June 4th, 2013 at 8:03 am , Mike said...

    the accumulation of knowledge and its wise application will determine survival. I would love that cook book.

  54. On June 4th, 2013 at 8:25 am , Bill Larremore said...

    I have been following Tess for quite a few year, and really like some of her recipes. I think the cook book would be an excellent addition to my collection.

  55. On June 4th, 2013 at 8:25 am , firewolfsblog said...

    I am a huge proponent of food storage. Having a cookbook that can show me ideas I haven’t thought of is a bonus too! :D

  56. On June 4th, 2013 at 9:42 am , arin said...

    This would pretty much be the equivalent of inventing the wheel or discovering fire in my prepping life, all I have is beans and ramen.

  57. On June 4th, 2013 at 10:04 am , Kevin said...

    We have gone slow and steady since Y2K. I always need new ideas on what to make with all these ingredients.

  58. On June 4th, 2013 at 10:56 am , nathan said...

    small amount of food and water stored. looking for more efficient and cost effective storage ideas

  59. On June 4th, 2013 at 11:01 am , Diane said...

    Brand new to the whole idea of prepping. Trying to sort and absorb tons of info. :)

  60. On June 4th, 2013 at 11:54 am , Roy said...

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a cookbook of this nature. In times like these we need to have everything we can get to provide for others and self. thank you and God Bless you.

  61. On June 4th, 2013 at 1:18 pm , Brandon Arnold said...

    Awesome! Always great to have material like this!

  62. On June 4th, 2013 at 1:51 pm , Robert said...

    There is no excuse for not having a food storage compliment.
    Americans pay for car insurance every month , and other types of insurance as well, for the “what if” scenario..
    it is very simple to buy a little extra every time you go out shopping.

    beans, rice store well in 5 gallon food grade buckets, sealed in mylar bags.
    and you will never go wrong with 25-30 year shelf life freeze dried food.
    my only advise is to rotate your food storage, and make sure you try and prepare your freeze dried foods for practice.
    last but not least, make sure you put away some comfort foods.
    they will do your nerves good, and help relieve stress in a shtf situation.
    best of luck to all of you.

    and we would love a copy of your book as well.

  63. On June 4th, 2013 at 1:59 pm , Kathy Massey said...

    I would LOVE to win a copy of the Prepper’s Cookbook!
    I have done ‘some’ prepping (storeable food) and will be doing much more in short order.

  64. On June 4th, 2013 at 3:36 pm , Susan Ryan said...

    Would love to win this cookbook since I am not a cook. Been prepping for a couple of years now and I love Tess’ ideas and helpful hints

  65. On June 4th, 2013 at 10:11 pm , Terra Bedford said...

    Another addition to my arsenal of “how-to” books would be very much appreciated.

  66. On June 4th, 2013 at 11:16 pm , steve said...

    Send her to me, Ill treat her good……

  67. On June 4th, 2013 at 11:17 pm , Samanthia said...

    I am learning to do as food preps for my family to make sure that we and my children survive what ever may come of the future. I want to protect my children and my family.

  68. On June 5th, 2013 at 12:26 am , frogger097 said...

    I would love to actually store & prep more food (especially in season veggies & fruits) because it would be so much healthier & save so much money!

  69. On June 5th, 2013 at 3:05 am , Tracy said...

    No pick me, I need a good prepper cookbook

  70. On June 5th, 2013 at 4:47 am , Bruce S. said...

    30 Days storage. Dipping in because expiration dates of August approaching. Rotated FIFO during winter weekend. Down to 1 jar of pickled beets from 2 years ago.

  71. On June 5th, 2013 at 7:23 am , Vicki said...

    What a treat it would be to have this………..sure hope I win!

  72. On June 5th, 2013 at 7:35 am , Daniel Blankenship said...

    I am moving to the Sierras soon from Los Angeles with my teenage soon and neither of us are spactacular cooks or have first hand knoledge of the lndigenous wild food nor animals … and we got learn to adapt quickly. I think this book would be a excellent tool to help us learn … and the price is right. ThankYou for your time. Daniel and my son Dyer.

  73. On June 5th, 2013 at 10:39 am , Kathy said...

    It would be great to have a book like this in my little library!

  74. On June 5th, 2013 at 11:42 am , Laura G. said...

    Would love to win this. Always looking for ways to “branch out” with food storage.

  75. On June 5th, 2013 at 12:40 pm , Donna said...

    This cookbook would be a wonderful addition to our preps.

  76. On June 5th, 2013 at 12:43 pm , CM said...

    We have stored quite a bit, and try to use what we store. But, this is the question, what do we do with the wheat we have stored?

    Grinding it and making bread is good. But, what else can we do that will add to its use for us?

  77. On June 5th, 2013 at 3:07 pm , Beverly Hinson said...

    As a high school teacher who “carefully” teaches about national disasters and such whenever the subject comes up, I would love to receive the cookbook and use it in the classroom AND at my house.

  78. On June 5th, 2013 at 3:07 pm , Lynn said...

    I would love to have some “recipes” to put up in some mylar bags to store for long term food storage and some to give away. This book would be the ticket!

  79. On June 5th, 2013 at 4:49 pm , DJL said...

    I wanted this cookbook as soon as I saw it, even without knowing all the great stuff in it. Now it sounds like something I REALLY need. Tess seems to have a lot of fans, hopefully I’ll break a few hearts when I WIN!!

  80. On June 5th, 2013 at 7:37 pm , Mensa Graham said...

    I obtained the book mainly to get a list of what to cook with the main ingredients. Spices, oils, butter, eggs, etc. I have almost all of the suggested condiments but not nearly enough to make most of the dishes covered in thsi book. I’ve made a list of what to add to my storage. So the book is a great source of recipes AND can make a very good list for collecting more stored ingredients.

  81. On June 6th, 2013 at 4:13 am , tee ryan said...

    i would like to win this cook book seeing as how my cooking methods really suck!!!!!!!!!___lol.

  82. On June 6th, 2013 at 7:53 pm , Mary in mn said...

    This sounds like a very useful book. I could always use some helpful recipes and ideas.

  83. On June 7th, 2013 at 7:40 am , Doug said...

    You can have all sorts of food stored, but if you don’t know how to prepare it in a tasty variety that avoids food fatigue.

  84. On June 7th, 2013 at 10:30 am , Laura C. said...

    I am in most need of cooking recipes for the food storage that I have.

  85. On June 7th, 2013 at 12:34 pm , Holly Weaver said...

    Would love to win the cookbook.
    We have been gathering and storing and canning as much as possible and this is the perfect resource to bring it all together!

  86. On June 7th, 2013 at 12:45 pm , Silver Smith said...

    In order for you to survive you must learn to live with nature, you must be prepared ! You can live only three mins without air , three days without water , and three weeks with out food, stock pile all you can when you can to insure your survival, This book on cooking is a start, but don’t stop there any how to books will aid you in survive’ing…

  87. On June 7th, 2013 at 3:33 pm , Peggy Dwyer said...

    We have a large garden and love the fresh good food all year round.

  88. On June 7th, 2013 at 3:40 pm , Mary Kay said...

    Storage is limited only by one’s imagination…..my imagination is tired.

  89. On June 7th, 2013 at 3:41 pm , Scott Fischer said...

    I’ve really enjoyed following Tess on her site and on Facebook and would love a chance to win her book.

  90. On June 7th, 2013 at 4:42 pm , karen cottongim said...

    I’m so glad I started following you! I would love to win the book

  91. On June 7th, 2013 at 6:37 pm , kelli littlehead said...

    Just getting started on my prepping with recent events in my home state (Oklahoma) this would be a HUGE help!

  92. On June 7th, 2013 at 6:40 pm , Pat S. said...

    I’ve just started some food storage and bought a canner to do some of that.. Would LOVE this book to aid me with what to do with all my “stuff”… :-)

  93. On June 7th, 2013 at 6:47 pm , Barbara A Ponnwitz said...

    I am just a beginner and need to become more organized and am excited about this book!

  94. On June 7th, 2013 at 11:04 pm , carlos gutierrez said...

    por aqui no se consiguen estos libros y seria de mucha
    ayuda tener uno , saludos

  95. On June 8th, 2013 at 9:50 am , Karen Cottongim said...

    I would love to add this to my collection!

  96. On June 8th, 2013 at 1:34 pm , Les D. said...

    Would love to win this book to add to the library!

  97. On June 8th, 2013 at 2:08 pm , Dawn said...

    I want to win a copy- IF we are allowed to in Canada <3
    Thx

  98. On June 8th, 2013 at 11:31 pm , Todd - Prepper Website said...

    Because of the overwhelming interest in Tess’ book, The Prepper’s Cookbook, she has generously provided 2 more books for the give-a-way, for a total of 3!

    The Random.org winners (1-97) are comments #:
    20
    33
    1

    I will contact the winners through email.

    If you didn’t win, and you still would like a copy, you can purchase it for under $11 at Amazon. It is well worth the price! Here is a direct link – http://amzn.to/ZluOaI

    Thank you for your interest and be on the lookout for the next give-a-way.

    Peace,
    Todd

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