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

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Just because the undead’s taste buds are atrophying doesn’t mean yours have to!

You duck into the safest-looking abandoned house you can find and hold your breath as you listen for the approaching zombie horde you’ve been running from all day. You hear a gurgling sound. Is it the undead? No—it’s your stomach.

When the zombie apocalypse tears down life and society as we know
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Smart Pop
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Aug 07, 2015 Mimi rated it really liked it
Shelves: apocalyptic, food, 2015
Would you survive the apocalypse? Think that you can? I thought I'd do okay...and then I read this book and now I'm not so sure anymore.

As an introductory crash course to surviving on the run, this book has all the necessary things one would need to knowtoget by in all sorts ofworst-case scenarios. It's written in a light and fun way, as if to make it seem like you'd be going on a quest--to survive. Very fun overall.

I loved it. Got it for Christmas. One of the best gift ever.

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Sep 16, 2015 Anca rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
>>this copy has been generously given to me for free by the publisher, BenBella Books (on Netgalley), in exchange for an honest review<<

"Much like crafting the perfect soufflé, surviving the zombie apocalypse will be a tricky business."

I consider myself a big foodie. And I do like to imagine (control freak alert) the worst case scenarios and what I'll have to do in order to survive. The zombie apocalypse is one of my favourite day-dreaming subjects. One thing is for sure: I'm not
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
*NetGalley book review*

This is the most fun cookbook that I have read and wanted to make something out of in a really long time. With this preview you get a the low-down on how it would be like cooking during and after a zombie apocalypse. Breakfast items, salads, main dishes and some snack/desserts are the recipes that pack this book.Super fun idea behind this and I can see any zombie horror fan buying this to add to their kitchen/cookbook collection.
Oh my, where do I start with this one. If I'm rating this book on being a funny, humor book...bravo, 4 stars. But this was listed as a cookbook, and that's why I got it. Not so good, two stars. I knew this was not for me when I saw the 'recipe' for squirrel jerky. It's more of a zombie/apocalyptic tongue-in-cheek survival guide with 80 recipes. For example, here is a tip: Humans can generally live for 3 minutes without air, 3 days without water, and 3 weeks without food. To me, it just seemed ...more
Leah Wilson
Jan 06, 2015 Leah Wilson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: smart-pop
Disclaimer: This review is from the book's editor.

It's rare that a book comes across an editor's desk with the perfect title. But The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse—how could I not want to know more about that? (Even though, on the surface, the book wasn't quite our Smart Pop imprint's usual thing; that's essay anthologies on tv, books, and film like Finding Serenity on Firefly, and the occasional specific tie in like The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook.)

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Oct 21, 2014 Bèbè ✦ RANT ✦ rated it really liked it
The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse is one of a kind. There, I said it. The author uses the idea of ZPoc to teach us about surviving in the wild and try not to die from hunger since we all watched enough movies to know how to dodge the zombies!

What I really liked is that author starts off with several options of how to put together a fire. Of course, we won't always have an oven available so making "Earth oven" or "Mud oven" is very informational. There are also parts where the autho
Long, long ago, when the earth was young – or at least when we were younger – my brother was determined to get on Survivor. He got so far as getting a call from a producer; I still say he would have been a lot more entertaining than half the chuckleheads they've had on. Being the data freak I am, I decided that if he could just do his part and get on, I could help make him King of Survivor. I started getting books out of the library and looking up all sorts of weird and wild stuff online, and ...more
Nov 01, 2014 Drucilla rated it it was ok
Shelves: w
Actual rating: 2.5 stars. My problem with this book was that it didn't seem to know what it wanted to be. It has a lot of survival advice, but none of it is detailed enough to be useful (although, full disclosure, the author does include examples of further reading). And the recipes included seem a bit too complicated if you're attempting them in an apocalyptic society. But it is interesting and you can tell a lot of work went into it.
Nov 13, 2014 J. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombies
I don’t normally review non-fiction books, but I’m going to make an exception in this case. Okay, I hear you, “But, hey man, zombies aren’t real! This has got to be fiction.” Well, sort of. The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse, besides having the longest title of any book I’ve ever reviewed, is more than a cookbook. It occupies a weird, but cool, niche at the intersection of three popular subjects: zombies, apocalypse survival, and food.
Be assured that this book is far more than a se
Nov 15, 2014 Yodamom rated it it was amazing
So it happens the world as we knew it is gone and a new world begins. This one is covered in flesh eating zombies. What do you do to stay alive ? The electricity is gone, fresh water is just a memory and shelter can be a death trap. Do you have any survival skills ? I do, I read the book. Hey ! I don't want you following me around making noise and bringing the "Zoms" around my safe zone. Pick up a copy and set yourself up to stay among the living away from me. :D
First things first, water, your
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is also a review for the preview available on Netgalley and as such is not a review for the complete book.

An interesting and informative read on how to survive the zombie apocalypse and keep the hunger pangs at bay. Included in the preview are:

Welcome to the Zombie Apocalypse
Apocalyptic Cooking Methods
The Zpoc food pyramid and you
Sprouting for food
WTF is an MRE
Foraging kelp at the end of the worl
Rosemary Standeven
Oct 26, 2015 Rosemary Standeven rated it it was amazing
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
This is a book I have been waiting for since at least the 1970’s when, as a teenager, I first saw “The Survivors” on TV (the original, not the second rate remake of 2010). Not a zombie apocalypse, but an apocalypse nevertheless – with the total breakdown of civilisation and a pressing need to fend for oneself without the benefits of modern technology. Of course, zombies would make everything worse. This book te
Mar 01, 2015 Jillyn rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 stars.

Wow. This book is SO much more than I was anticipating. I was blown away, just like the zombies you'll slay am I right?

This book is one part zombie prepper, one part nature survivalist, and one part gourmet. If you are fighting for your life in a post-apocalyptic world, this is one book you'll want to have in your prep kit.

I learned so much it's insane. Wilson has you covered for every type of zombie scenario. Whether you need to forage for your own food, start a fire, trap your own
Coleen (The Book Ramblings)
Lauren Wilson is brilliant. The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse is clever, practical, entertaining. It is a conversation-starter, too. Whether you’re zombie crazed, preparing for the apocalypse, or enjoy cooking, you’ll find this book to be a blast! Basically the world as we know it ends, but if you have this book on hand, there is no reason you can’t prepare some scrumptious meals, or cook some food to hold you over while zombies destroy life as we know it. The book is divided into ...more
Ms. Please Pass The Books
This is more of a doomsday survival-lite guide than anything else, with fun injections of traditional Zpoc scenarios. If it is approached as more of a beginners guide to surviving a disaster, it is an informative little entry level manual. It won't impress the more exacting brand of preppers. There is some useful information, and some that doesn't serve much of a purpose other than to be able to say it touched on the topic (and padded the book out). This isn't comprehensive and, for most, it ...more
Amy L. Campbell
Nov 17, 2014 Amy L. Campbell rated it liked it
Shelves: cookery, ebook, 2014
A great survival resource centered around the procuring and preparing of food. While it doesn't go into great detail in some more critical areas (I found the how-to-skin animals section lacking), it does offer some good general information that should do in an emergency survival situation. I did greatly appreciate the section on bug eating, as I feel some survival guides often skip over the usefulness of this resource.

However, those looking at this for more entertaining purposes may be bogged d
Jan 02, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the funnest and most informative cookbooks I have laid my hands on in some time. And it is way more than recipes for the those with a short list of items to pick from during the apocalypse. It is also full of info on how to build small ovens, fire pits, where to scavenge for food, and thinking outside the box (insects rolled in kelp and smoked over an open fire?). There’s also a list of tools for various projects (like setting up traps for game), how to clean your game before ...more
Matthew Baker
Jan 12, 2015 Matthew Baker rated it it was amazing
I’m not going to outright say that I believe in zombies or that there is actually the potential for a zombie apocalypse…however, that doesn’t mean I’m not going to prepare for the possibility. I mean, I LOVE zombie movies, and in many of them, the guy who states ‘zombies aren’t real’ is usually the first guy to get eaten. I guess, therefore, I am what you might call a ‘weekend doomsday prepper’. I’m not building a bunker or anything like that, but I am getting my family prepared and in a ...more
I started reading this on a whim - I wanted an ebook to pick up every now and then, I somehow came across this one while searching Overdrive for a book to borrow, and the rest is history.

I see a lot of reviewers complaining that they expected more of a cookbook, and that's valid. This really isn't so much a cookbook as it is a more culinary/food-minded version of The Zombie Survival Guide. Which was great! I loved both the lighthearted humor and the solid education provided by this book regardi
Lafourche Library
Jul 06, 2016 Lafourche Library rated it really liked it
When the zombie virus eventually spreads, and nearly all human life is taken over by the disease, how are the remaining humans to survive? Are you worried that you won’t be able to forage for yourself and outrun the undead masses? When the zombie apocalypse does come, there will be no more takeout meals or conveniently pre-packaged meals from your local grocery store. In fact, the pizza delivery guy may be chasing you for his next meal. Fret not, dear ones. Author Lauren Wilson has compiled a ...more
Wayne McCoy
Oct 26, 2014 Wayne McCoy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
'The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse' shows that even though the world has ended as we know it, it's no reason that you can't eat well. Blending the current crazes of zombies, doomsday preppers, and foodies, this is an incredibly fun and informative book to read.

The book is divided into sections based on whether you are going to be holed up in your home ('bugging in') or fleeing for your life ('bugging out'). Supply lists for bug out bags and pantries are given. So are so many other
Jenn Ballmann
Nov 06, 2014 Jenn Ballmann rated it it was amazing
I was sent a copy of the book for review by BenBella Books, Inc., as always, all opinions are my own.

When the zombie apocalypse strikes the life of convenience we're currently living will come to a screeching halt and we'll all be fighting to stay alive. No one really wants to become one of the shambling undead, but those of you who weren't a scout or didn't have parents who taught you basic survival skills are going to have a tough time not becoming the next meal for one of the walking dead. Th
Donna Parker
Nov 07, 2014 Donna Parker rated it really liked it
Some days I love cooking, but what about cooking on a terrible, horrible, no good, really bad day? I still want what I cook to be delicious and healthy, but how could I do that, say, during a zombie apocalypse? I don’t want myself and any loved ones who had managed to survive to simply subsist on self-contained, shelf-stable foods. We might be prey, but that doesn’t mean we’re stuck eating MREs (Meal Ready to Eat). Think fresh and available. What could be tastier than cricket, kelp and mushroom ...more
Sara Thompson
Dec 05, 2014 Sara Thompson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Edited Review:
When I first previewed this book it was a sample instead of the whole book. It didn't really impress me. When the publisher asked if I would like a full book for review, I agreed. The book had merit.
I stick with much of my original review - it's a gimmicky book. It has a lot of little information that works for those who are just beginning to understand emergency preparedness and survival skills. This is definitely a beginner's book.
Now I bumped the book from 3 to 5 stars because
Jul 29, 2014 OutlawPoet rated it liked it
Martha Stewart Meets the Zpoc!

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.
Mar 29, 2015 Suz rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, cookbooks
For everyone except zombies (walking dead, zed, zeke, dreadfuls, etc.), this book will have something to appreciate. If you are not a foodie, have no worries - you can simply amuse yourself reading the explanations of why you might need these recipes. If you are into DIY, then the oven hacks will be right up your alley. Vegan? No problem - you can make do with the sprouts, seaweed, and other herbivorous options. Lucky enough to stumble upon a cache of MREs? Then this will be much more useful ...more
Cheryl Marie
For lovers of the zombie apocalypse, "The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse" offers thought-out meals, cooking techniques and ingredient lists that will be more pertinent when the world has started dying...and then coming back to life wanting to eat your brains.

It's a fun and informative book that let's you get a feel for what life might be like, for real, if you had to be the one to feed your family during an apocalypse type situation.

This is the book you want to get now, while times
Apr 09, 2015 Heidi rated it liked it
The author clearly put a lot of work into this and it was a fun read but it was way too American for me. It would have been awesome if the author could have pointed out that "this plant does not grow in Europe but does grow in most of South-East Asia" or "this fruit only grows in Southern Europe" etc in addition to telling the readers where to find them in North America. I do understand that it was written by an American for an American audience but a little more variety would have been nice.
Sep 02, 2014 Cassandra rated it liked it
I was provided with a sample of this book for review purposes by netgalley. The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apolcalyse was amusing and would be a good gift for your local doomsday prepper/zombie aficionado. From the small sample I read, I imagine that it would be pretty difficult to survive using just this manual mentions finding military food rations (where??) and making recipes in which you need mixing bowls and other kitchen paraphernalia. I'm sorry, but if there truly is a ...more
Eileen Hall
Nov 02, 2015 Eileen Hall rated it really liked it
This maybe a tongue in cheek survival and recipe book, but elements of it are relevent even if the ZA doesn't materialise.
For those of you who enjoy the outdoor life, tips on hunting etc., will be useful.
As will the putting together of a survival kit.
The recipe section will ork either cooking out doors or more conventially in a kitchen.
With a few tweaks some sections may also be useful for those of you just starting out. Students, singles living in a bedsit etc.
A great book and one that should b
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Lauren was infected with a rare strain of undead enthusiasm over a decade ago while fighting off the zombie menace of Raccoon City in the original Resident Evil. From video games to comic books, zombie walks to online communities, there are few corners of the culture she has not explored. And she’s got a decent zed t-shirt collection, to boot.

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