Thursday, September 2, 2010
Many of you have asked for cookbooks and other resources that we find helpful in our off-grid/prepared lifestyle. I thought it would be easier to start a page of recommendations and links than to try to remember to whom I've told what. On the left-hand side of my blog is a link that says "Paratus Familia Resources". All of the cookbooks that I will recommend will be linked on that page (don't think that didn't take me forever to figure out!).
After seeing my lovely friend Patrice's practice of book recommendations, I thought I would follow her lead and recommend some myself, starting with the most beloved of my kitchen tools - the More with Less cookbook.
My Titus 2 mentor, "Lady Pauline" introduced me to the More with Less cookbook about 15 years ago. I had just started ordering bulk foods and grinding my own grains, and this book walked me step by step through making just about everything from scratch. The author is Mennonite, so the book is full of recipes from church members from the States, but also from missionaries all over the world. There are tons of ideas for using leftovers to create whole new meals and also certain recipes they tag as "time savers" because they are so quick to prepare.
The yogurt recipe that I first tried is in this book, along with various methods of incubating it - depending on what you have available. I still use this tried and true recipe, and I still use the method of incubating that I found in this book. I make one of the granola recipes regularly along with potato rolls, white sauce, skillet beef and lentils and so many other things that I couldn't possibly list them all here.
If you are looking for a basic, down to earth approach to cooking from scratch, this is the book for you. I have purchased a copy of each of my daughters to put in their hope chests so they will never be without so many of the recipes they have grown up with.
I will be recommending more books in the days to come. Who knows, you might find your favorite on the list!