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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038534564X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385345644
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

GEORGIA PELLEGRINI's taste for simple food and outdoor adventure evolved as she grew up in the Hudson Valley, on the same land her great-grandfather owned and worked. She followed her passion to the French Culinary Institute and then to Gramercy Tavern, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and La Chassagnette in France. Georgia is the author of two previous books, Food Heroes and Girl Hunter, and her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bon Appetit, American Hunter, and The Huffington Post. She has been featured on Today, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Iron Chef America. She lives in Austin, Texas. www.georgiapellegrini.com

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Georgia Pellegrini is known internationally for her fearless approach to sourcing her ingredients, from the backyard to the wild. She has a passion for good, simple food that began at an early age--on a boulder by the side of a creek as she caught trout for breakfast. She grew up on the same land that her great-grandfather owned and worked: a farm called Tulipwood in New York's Hudson Valley. Her connection to nature and the deep satisfaction she got from manual labor stayed with her through college. Even during the years that she ventured into the corporate world of finance, she felt something tugging at her to return back to the land.

After a bit of soul searching, Pellegrini decided to leave the cubicle behind and enrolled in the French Culinary Institute in New York City. Soon after, she began working at farm-to-table restaurants, first at Blue Hill at Stone Barns and then at Gramercy Tavern in New York. At the former, when asked to slaughter and butcher a few turkeys for the restaurant, she felt the most visceral sense of connection to the food. "The experience was invigorating and awakened the primal part in me," she recalls. "All of a sudden, I had this purpose to pay the full price of the meal, to become a responsible omnivore and understand the process from farm to plate."

She went on to work at La Chassagnette, a Michelin-starred restaurant in the south of France, spending her days driving heavy farm equipment, befriending the gardener and his three- legged cat, and harvesting ingredients for dinner. She found that she was most interested in the foragers and fig collectors and salami makers who arrived to the restaurants with their goods, and she soon went on journeys with them--through the woods, into curing rooms, and over the rolling hills of olive oil vineyards. Her first book, Food Heroes (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2010) tells the story of 16 culinary artisans across the world who are fighting to preserve their food traditions. The book was met with critical acclaim and was nominated for an International Association of Culinary Professionals award. "While I was writing Food Heroes, I realized each person I spoke to shared a common bond: a connection to the land," she says. "I knew my next task had to be refocusing on getting to the heart of where our food comes from by heading to the source, Mother Nature."

She bought a shotgun and set her sights on the cutting-edge of culinary creativity intent on pushing the boundaries of American gastronomy. She traveled over field and stream in search of the main course and met a host of colorful characters along the way. The result of these adventures is the critically acclaimed book Girl Hunter: Revolutionizing the Way We Eat, One Hunt at a Time (Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2012), named one of the Top 10 Sports Books of 2012 by Booklist and a best book of the month by Amazon.com.

In her latest book, Modern Pioneering: More Than 150 Recipes, Projects, and Skills for a Self-Sufficient Life (Clarkson Potter, 2014), she teaches 'manual literacy' and modern day pioneer skills that are accessible no matter what kind of space you live in--from fire escape gardening, to up-cycling, to preserving, to learning how to change a tire.

Pellegrini also chronicles her adventures in meeting food artisans and gathering her ingredients on her popular website, www.georgiapellegrini.com, which garners more than 2 million hits per month. For immersion into her adventurous yet stylish lifestyle, she hosts Adventure Getaways across the country. These two- to three-day trips include a combination of outdoor activities; horseback riding and scenic ATV rides; clay shooting; fly fishing; hunting for birds, wild hogs, and deer; cleaning and butchering; chef-prepared meals and cooking classes, and more. For more information, visit www.georgiapellegrini.com/adventuregetaways.

She has been on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Iron Chef America," NBC's "Today Show" HBO's "Real Sports," Fox, NPR, Martha Stewart radio, in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Food & Wine, ESPN, Town & Country, More, The New York Post, and many more. When Pellegrini isn't delving into local foodways at home in Austin, TX, she's roaming the world hunting and gathering, tasting good food, and meeting the good people who make it.

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This book has great recipes and even more fantastic ideas.
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I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Mike
That is why I picked up the book, Modern Pioneering by Georgia Pellegrini.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Learning Table on May 11, 2014
Format: Paperback
Georgia Pellegrini's Modern Pioneering is an almanac of more than 150 gardening, cooking, crafting, and even survival skills -- everything the modern pioneer needs to know. It includes gardening tips that even beginners can follow, how to preserve the foods you grow, and easy recipes for essentials like granola bars and Slim Jims.

There are "survival skills" for living off the land, including recognizing edible wild plants, how to light a fire without matches, and even instructions for creating a survival kit in an Altoid tin!

Modern Pioneering is divided into four sections:
The Garden
The Home
The Wild
The Rest
The fun format of Modern Pioneering, lots of color photographs, drawings, and clear instructions provide inspiration for anyone interested in pursuing a more "homemade" lifestyle without going full-force into homesteading.

Or, Modern Pioneering can be seen as a gentle introduction to homesteading without seeming intimidating for the novice. For instance, if you've never tried canning, the way this skill is presented is "doable" even for the absolute beginner.

This book inspires me to try gardening and cooking from scratch, and even to make some pretty household items, like a mason jar lantern or gourd birdhouse.

{The publisher provided me with a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions.}
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By E. White on March 6, 2014
Format: Paperback
I saw an interview with author Georgia Pellegrini on Bloomberg TV and it was impressive how she stood up to their challenging questions with confidence and pride. As they pushed questions of whether or not she supported gun access (really), I realized how differently this way of life can be seen to others. It seems perfectly normal to me to connect with ones roots, live with less, and get back to the basics - and it's from that place that I receive this book as a great guide on self-sufficient living. Its exciting to see someone so composed, from the world of high-finance, to radically change their life and share it with the world. For more related reading, I highly recommend Ruth Stout's classic Gardening Without Work and The Vegetable Gardener's Guide to Permaculture.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tikva on May 9, 2014
Format: Paperback
"Modern Pioneering" caught my eye not only because this is the season of gardening but I was also curious to read more about the whole "pioneering" aspect. I was not let down because this book is a well of good information on sustainable, green and healthy ways of growing a garden, simple and all forgotten recipes and survival skills. Really, our generation may be at a loss when grocery store does not have chicken stock, seasoning or tea. Theoretically we know that the nature has it all but we do not know the details on what to collect and how. We buy seeds from home improvement stores most of the times but what we don't know is that we can harvest just as wonderful seeds or better. "Modern Pioneering" has a chart of seeds' shelf life. It is all about having less and spending less but keeping great quality at the same time. I will be opening this book again and again for beef jerky, pickling, lemony fig jam, jalapeño and many other recipes.

It is also worth mentioning that the artwork of "Modern Pioneering" is fantastic. It has the colors of the "old world" style and the photography is incredible. It is very pleasant to hold and read.

P. S. WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group provided this book to me for free in exchange for this honest review as part of their Blogging for Books program.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lorealle on May 6, 2014
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So, I may have squealed a bit with delight when I saw this book available. I mean, hello, I'm all trying-my-best-to-homestead over here. We've even recently added chickens to our family (I know, we are super stoked too). Well, not quite yet, they'll be here next week. And when I saw this book, clicked on it and read the description, it was like fate. This book HAD to have been written just for me.

This book contains everything, seriously, from making your own butter to curing your own bacon. Who would have ever thought of preserving lemons in salt? Not this girl. And honestly, who knew you could eat marigolds? Yep, not me.

Half of the book is made up of recipes. These are combined with chapters about the garden, the home, the wild and the rest. Mixed in are tips and tricks for almost any situation. Ever wondered how to be your own compass if lost in the woods? Or how to start a fire without matches? Yep, this book contains that as well. She even teaches readers how to pick a lock.

If you are a homesteader, gardener or consider yourself a modern pioneer you need this book on your shelf. I can see this being used as a resource in this home time after time.

WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group provided this book to me for free in exchange for this honest review as part of their Blogging for Books program.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jessica dufour on April 15, 2014
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Its a cute book but I was hoping for more pioneer type recipes and tips and less hipster pretentious. Very well written and presented, just a tad misleading with the word "pioneering" included in the title when maybe it shouldn't be.
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