Escape your overplanned life, satisfy your craving for adventure, and experience the pleasures of what you can do with your own two hands. While the self-sufficiency trend used to be on the fringes of society, it has now become mainstream, as natural disasters and popular entertainment--from The Walking Dead to Revolution and The Hunger Games--inspire (or scare!) us into relying more on our own wits and skills. As bestselling books such as Pioneer Woman and The Backyard Homestead demonstrate, it can be fun to be more self-reliant and to live more simply and authentically. Modern Pioneering is a dynamic resource packed with recipes, craft projects, and gardening advice to help newcomers discover--and seasoned fans to further explore--their inner MacGyver-meets-Wonder Woman. This hip guide shows you how to ensure year-round abundance or just indulge your escapist fantasies, whether that means cooking simple meals from your own backyard to impress your friends; living off the land for a few days while camping a la Kate from Lost; or stocking your pantry with delicious flavors to get you through the cold months.