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Emergency Food Storage and Survival Handbook

a book review

product linkEmergency Food Storage and Survival Handbook
sub-titleEverything You Need to Know to Keep Your Family Safe in a Crisis
authorPeggy Layton
date reviewed2010.09.05

Published about a year after 9/11, this book is a no-nonsense introduction to "prepping" - being ready for disaster. Written by a specialist in home storage, this book is surprisingly to the point. It doesn't just list the sorts of things you'll need to be "prepared", it talks about important matters like the economics behind being prepared - what's all this going to cost you, how will you deal with food spoilage, etc. I don't know if the author has written a lot or perhaps worked with a superb editor, but I cannot get over the clarity and focus of the writing. I mean this thing is far better than a lot of fiction. And it is jammed with directly applicable guidance on everything from bathing without power to cooking beans (there are gotchas!) and designing a home pharmacy. I can't recommend this book enough.

So; you get all of this minus the boring and off-putting BS that comes with so much of "prepper" culture - the stuff about destiny and tribalism and religion. Or knives and fire-starters and "every day carry". As someone with all of those (my EDC is a tiny crappy utility knife) I get the impulse for gear but it's off-topic. And then there's the gun nuttery - as a former gun owner it sickens me to see people oiling their AK-47 and longing for the day when it's "every man for himself". These are not people preparing for the right set of problems.

👍🏼 recommended

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If I had my life to live over, I'd try to make more mistakes next time. I would relax, I would limber up, I would be crazier than I've been on this trip. I know very few things I'd take seriously any more. I'd certainly be less hygenic... I would take more chances, I would take more trips, I would scale more mountains, I would swim more rivers, and I would watch more sunsets. I would eat more ice cream and fewer beans. I would have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary ones. Oh, I've had my moments, and if I had to do it all over again, I'd have many more of them, in fact I'd try not to have anything else, just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of my day. If I had it to do all over again, I'd travel lighter, much lighter than I have. I would start barefoot earlier in the spring, and I'd stay that way later in the fall. And I would ride more merry-go-rounds, and catch more gold rings, and greet more people and pick more flowers and dance more often. If I had it to do all over again - but you see, I don't.

Jorge Luis Borges