The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide by Lauren WilsonThe Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide by Lauren Wilson

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

byLauren Wilson, Kristian Bauthus

Paperback | October 28, 2014

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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 it, it will mean no more take out, no more brightly lit, immaculately organized aisles of food just waiting to be plucked effortlessly off the shelves. No more trips down to the local farmers’ market. No more microwaved meals in front of the TV or intimate dinner parties. No, when the undead rise, eating will be hard, and doing it successfully will become an art.

The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse is a cookbook and culinary field guide for the busy zpoc survivor. With more than 80 recipes (from Overnight of the Living Dead French Toast and It’s Not Easy Growing Greens Salad to Down & Out Sauerkraut, Honey & Blackberry Mead, and Twinkie Trifle), scads of gastronomic survival tips, and dozens of diagrams and illustrations that help you scavenge, forage, and improvise your way to an artful post-apocalypse meal. The Art of Eating is the ideal handbook for efficient food sourcing and inventive meal preparation in the event of an undead uprising.

Whether you decide to hole up in your own home or bug out into the wilderness, whether you prefer to scavenge the dregs of society or try your hand at apocalyptic agriculture, and regardless of your level of skill or preparation, The Art of Eating will help you navigate the wasteland and make the most of what you eat.
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,...
Title:The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival GuideFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:October 28, 2014Publisher:BenBella Books, Inc.Language:English

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Welcome to the Zombie Apocalypse“The what-ifs and should-haves will eat your brain.”—John O’CallaghanZombies, ghouls, biters, walkers, geeks, lamebrains, skels, rotters, zekes, or, as our Canadian friends like to call them, zeds. Their unrelenting shamble into pop culture ubiquity, from television to video games to fan conventions to literature, may have lulled you into a false sense of security, but don’t be fooled! The undead do pose a serious (and downright terrifying) threat to human existence. While it may be all fun and brrraaaaaiiiinnnns for the general public, when the zombie apocalypse hits, our very way of life will come to an end.If you are reading this, it means that you are one of the few people on this planet being proactive about zombie apocalypse preparedness. Good for you. Or, if you have acquired or found this book during the apocalypse, congratulations on still being alive.I don’t think I need to impress upon you the fact that the zombie apocalypse (often referred to in survivalist circles as the zpoc, or simply ZA) is no joke. Aside from the complete annihilation of societal conventions as we know them, we are talking about the end of chorizo, chocolate bars, and tacos here. Once civilization collapses, you will probably never eat another glazed donut. Or a really good piece of French cheese, or even a banana, for that matter.There will be no more late-night convenience store runs for a pint of Ben & Jerry’s and a bag of Spicy Doritos, or fanciful meals fully embracing the locavore movement with sautéed ramps nestled atop your hormone- and antibiotic-free roast chicken breast. There will be no more GrubHub pizza delivery, and no more freshly baked cookies coming out of the oven. There will be no more pickling in your tiny Brooklyn apartment, or watching Adult Swim while stuffing your face with a box of Wheat Thins because that’s all you found in the pantry.In fact, if you ever see your local convenience store clerk again, he will probably want to rip your entrails out. The friendly farmer you buy heirloom tomatoes from? She’ll go straight for the jugular. And if you happen to run across your pizza delivery guy in the street, he’s likely to be shambling along with his pizza bags tangled and knotted around his partially severed limbs, bike dragging behind him as he moans after you with what you imagine sounds like vague recognition (better hope he doesn’t remember where you live).Face it, life as you know it will cease to be. And no matter what kind of eater you are—whether a “foodie” who tweets from the hottest restaurant openings, a pimply-faced video game addict subsisting on Yoo-hoo and Slim Jims in your parents’ basement, or even a regular joe who doesn’t think much about what you eat because to you, it’s just food—the fact is we’ll all still have to eat.To be sure, your main objective in surviving the zpoc will be to not become a zombie. The zombie diet is not all that appetizing (and frankly pretty monotonous) anyway, composed of widely varying quantities and qualities of human flesh and organs. It’s true, the initial glut of zombie food would be (by zombie standards) pretty tasty: the soft, underused flesh of the inactive and obese, with plenty of fat surrounding the organs for extra flavor and a better mouthfeel. But as that initial fiesta runs dry, all that the undead will be left with are the tough, athletic types who were fortunate enough to make it through the initial outbreak. I, for one, will pass.But I digress. It would be naive to think that the zpoc will be a cakewalk. The bulk of one’s attention, energy, and day-to-day activity will be consumed by a struggle for survival—that is, staying one step ahead of the undead hordes roaming the wasteland (a term we use affectionately for the decaying remains of human civilization) while meeting basic requirements for water, nourishment, and shelter. That alone will be monstrously hard. How to get your grubby survivor paws on food and water, how to preserve it, how to avoid wasting it—these questions will take up a significant portion of your time and efforts. It is my hope that The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse will help you surmount these challenges, tastefully.The U.S. Army learned long ago, when they began developing shelf-stable complete meals for soldiers that could be heated without access to fire (also known as MREs; see Army Rations: Having Fun with MREs), that there is no underestimating the morale-boosting power of a hot, well-balanced meal. A good meal can truly bring you back from the brink of succumbing to the horde. After all, it was Napoleon who said, “An army marches on its stomach.” And at the end of the day, aren’t we all just foot soldiers in the war against the undead? The simple pleasure of warm and enjoyable food, given even a little consideration and TLC during preparation, can help remind us that not all pleasures in life have been devoured by the biters.Know that the road ahead is not filled with the most delicious meals you have ever eaten. You will be forced to hunt, prepare, and eat things you might never have imagined you ever would. But I promise, it will not be all squirrel and Spam, and with a little old-fashioned ingenuity and creativity, you can find pleasure in eating during the zombie apocalypse.Just because the undead’s taste buds are atrophying, doesn’t mean yours need to.Bon Appétit!

Editorial Reviews

A beautiful, cock-eyed culinary concoction—truly sui generis in its conceit—and wickedly delicious in the scope of its recipes. Who knew? Flesh-eating zombies and haute cuisine-eating foodies collide in this trippy, rustic cookbook chock full of inside dish on both the walking dead and the post apocalyptic larder. This one gets FIVE SEVERED HEADS (OF LETTUCE)!—Jay Bonansinga, New York Times bestselling author of The Walking Dead: Descent, Frozen, and The Sinking of the EastlandIf you're seeking an indispensable guide to surviving the zombie apocalypse without losing your lunch, look no further than the pages of this clever and spirited cookbook. All of your queries (large and bite-sized) are surely answered within, whether you plan to subsist on foraged edibles, hand-harvested seaweed, or the bounty of a rooftop farm. Get ready to soak up the genuinely useful tips and salivate over the trove of recipes. Impending doom never sounded so appetizing.—Sarah Huck, author of Campfire Cookery: Adventuresome Recipes and Other Curiosities for the Great OutdoorsThe Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse is the most comprehensive guide to eating—and eating well—during an outbreak of the undead ever to be written. From fine cuisine to edible insects, Ms. Wilson's knowledge is unmatched, and her work shows a deep understanding of the qualities and practices necessary for survival against the undead. In conclusion, I want Lauren Wilson on my zombie survival team! (Or, failing that, someone who has read her book . . .)—Scott Kenemore, author of The Zen of Zombie and Zombie, OhioFor too long, those writing about zombies have obsessed about the living dead eating human flesh. What about what humans will eat when the undead roam the earth? Lauren Wilson has finally answered all of your culinary questions. An essential read for anyone who wants to not only survive the zombie apocalypse, but thrive!—Daniel W. Drezner, author of Theories of International Politics and ZombiesMuch more than just a cookbook, The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse is an essential survival manual for every serious doomsday prepper. Eschewing ubiquitous chapters on hand-to-hand combat and gun safety, Lauren Wilson’s apocalyptic guidebook instead focuses on what would really matter for survival—for who wants to exist in a world populated with zombies if there’s nothing good to eat (besides humans, of course)?—Kyle William Bishop, author of American Zombie GothicWho knew that my lifelong love of the undead would yield access to some damn good recipes? Thanks to this book, should the zombie apocalypse ever happen at least I'll be well nourished and happy.—Steven C. Schlozman, MD, assistant professor, Harvard Medical School, author of The Zombie AutopsiesThere are many reasons people find it stimulating or amusing to contemplate the impending zombie apocalypse: they like to imagine themselves being a good deal more heroic and/or violent than their current situations allow, they desire the end of current social/economic arrangements, or they hope for a better world following the demise of this one. A book such as this revels in a related scenario—to picture oneself living in comfort and even luxury amidst all the destruction and chaos . . . If such a reverie appeals to you, you’ll thoroughly enjoy this book.—Dr. Kim Paffenroth, author of Gospel of the Living DeadHere's a thorough exposition of all the skills and practices anyone who wants to live through the collapse of civilization needs to know. The author covers all aspects of survival technology in depth and with clarity, and there's even a smattering of edible wild plants.—Wildman Steve Brill, author of Identifying and Harvesting Wild and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) PlacesA disturbingly delicious and mouth-watering collection of truly apocalyptic recipes. Who thought the end of the world could be this yummy? Go on . . . take a bite!—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Rot & Ruin and Fall of the Night