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

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

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

    I wanna win the cookbook

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

    Ole guy needs cooking ideas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    I’d love to win this,a real treat

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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. ed June 3rd, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    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. Wesley June 3rd, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    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. Susumu June 3rd, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    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. Johnny June 3rd, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    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. Jason June 3rd, 2013 at 3:43 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Looking for ways to cook when the lights go out.

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

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

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

    pick me pick me!

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

    I’d love to win this.

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

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

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

    I need new ways to cook like a kook!

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

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

    @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. albert lopez June 3rd, 2013 at 6:16 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    I just want me and my love ones to survive.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    would love to win a copy!

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

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

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

    I can always use new ideas for cooking! 🙂

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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! 😀

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Awesome! Always great to have material like this!

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Send her to me, Ill treat her good……

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

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

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

    No pick me, I need a good prepper cookbook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    This cookbook would be a wonderful addition to our preps.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    I would love to add this to my collection!

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

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

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

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

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

    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 winners (1-97) are comments #:

    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 –

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