Modern Pioneering by Georgia Pellegrini is one of those books that you absolutely can judge by it's cover. This is a beautifully designed and photographed book. Every page is filled with great tips, tricks, recipes, ideas, and how-tos.
Modern Pioneering is divided into 4 major sections (The Garden, The Home, The Wild, and The Rest). Each of these sections contain a variety of delicious-sounding recipes. I love the style of the recipes that are included in this book. The recipes are not so wild & out there that you will be scouring multiple stores just to find the ingredients (or gag just by looking at the ingredient list!), but they are not so "normal" that you already have multiple versions of them in your regular cookbooks. The recipes seem easy and do-able, but have just enough of a twist to make them truly unique. (My mother-in-law was visiting when this book arrived and she had a hard time letting go of it so that I could take a peek. She already has plans to make the Cauliflower Steaks with Pine Nut Dressing - found on page 70.)
But this book isn't just a cookbook. Modern Pioneering will not only tell how you to create something delicious with potatoes (like Rosemary Potato Puree or Apple Cider Potato Salad), but it also tells you how to plant potatoes, how to grow potatoes (even in a garbage bag!), how to harvest potatoes, and how to store potatoes.
And there is more to Modern Pioneering than just food (although the majority of the book does have to do with food in one way or another - growing, curing, cooking, etc.). This book also gives instructions for things like: How to Change a Tire, How to Pick a Lock, How to Turn Mason Jars into Lanterns, How to Negotiate at an Antique Market, and more.
Modern Pioneering is a book I plan to use over and over, and I can't wait to start testing out some of the recipes.FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through the Blogging for Books book review bloggers program. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.