Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Martha Stewart Meets the Zpoc!

bookcover of Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide

Latest on the Zombie Train is The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse.

Imagine that the zombie apocalypse is upon us.  Brain eaters are decimating your neighborhood.  Food is getting scarce. Help isn't coming.  You've got to run.  In fact, your significant other has just turned and is coming right at you.

Before you light out the door, you grab the things you need to survive:  A strong knife.  Prescription meds.  A gun.  Some ammo.  Matches.  Mixing bowls.  A wire whisk.  Parchment paper.

That's right, parchment paper, mixing bowls and a wire whisk.  After all, while you're on the run from gnashing teeth, you just may need to prepare an intimate dinner party for six.

Aside from some missteps, this is actually a pretty good survival manual.  The authors teach you how to cook in the wild, with illustrations showing ways to make ovens.  You learn how to judge the heat of your oven when cooking.  How to survive on everything from Kelp to crickets.  And it's done with some humor and snark.

However, some of the recipes really won't work in the wild, unless you are that Martha Stewart type.  The instructions call for mixing bowls, parchment paper, baking sheets, etc. And I don't know about you, but in any sort of apoc situation, I'm using my booze for things other than French Toast - although the French Toast recipe is lovely.

Because of those missteps, the book misses its mark just a bit.  Is it a humorous look at post apoc survival?  A survival cooking manual?  Or a regular cookbook disguised as both?

It's hard to tell.

*ARC provided by Netgalley for review purposes.

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