More people seeking Depression Era and WWII wartime survival tips

There is a new trend that’s sweeping the internet. Depression era cooking and budgeting books are making a comeback.

People Cooking during the Great Depression

You know things are bad when people start turning to so-called “Starvation Recipes” to sustain themselves and their families.

Historian and high school teacher Eleni Nikolaidou’s new book “Starvation Recipes” was just released in Greece and is attracting attention throughout Europe. The book is a collection of tips and recipes that people used to survive the World War II occupation.

family starving during the great depressionThe success of these types of book should be a huge wake up call for Americans. When people start to seek out books that teach them how to collect crumbs or cheat their stomachs into believing they are full, there’s something seriously wrong.

It’s time to wake up and start prepping before it’s too late. Do you really want to scrape for crumbs, or do you want to thrive when everyone else is trying to survive?


  1. oltimeprepper
    December 6, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    I’ve been telling people to prep for years. Things are getting bad folks and I’m afraid that those who haven’t started prepping already may be in for a shock real soon.

    The Euro is collapsing and if that happens it’s not a big stretch to think we might be next. Turmoil seems to be the word of the day lately and I don’t see things getting better anytime soon. Despite what the msm and gov says unemployment is actually near 20% and benefits for millions are running out. Trouble ahead… prep prep and prep some more

  2. Killer91
    December 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints and our leaders of the church have been telling us since the 60’s to have a 2 year supply of food storage, there have been many times in my life that I was glad that I had a food storage in hard times,our leaders know what their talking about because they are lead by divine inspiration.

  3. MommaBear
    December 6, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    It just common sense to cook like Grandma did! I save hundreds of dollars a year by stocking up on staples and cooking with her Depression Era recipes, and my family isn’t scraping by with crumbs in the stew pot. We eat “stick to your ribs farm food.” You know, the meals that provide energy for hard work, and filling enough to last you all day long. That is the kind of cooking people need to learn…how to make something from nothing… so why not encourage my grandparents Depression Era thriftiness?

  4. Tim Harp
    December 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Mommabear that’s the only way I know how to cook LOL.

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    Off Grid Survival
    December 6, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Totally agree MommaBear what I was talking about in the article was a number of books that actually promote things like scraping all of your crumbs into jars and basically how to starve yourself without feeling the effects.

    I was just trying to point out that people need to learn the true skills that our grandparents knew but this generation has long forgotten. It’s time that people start relearning these skills in order to thrive.

    Your “stick to your ribs farm food” description sure did make me hungry. Nothing like good farm food made by someone who knows how to prepare it.

  6. Bob Johnson
    December 6, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    LOL! Mommabear on here? You Go Girl!

  7. old soldier
    December 8, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    I agree totally we need to relearn or make a point of learning depression era cooking. The thing that really concerns me, scares me is a better word, is these people who refuse to prepare, my neighbors, are the very ones when the “bottom drops out” that will be besieging my home to take what I have stored. One last thing: I talked to a customer rep a few wks ago re: ammunition orders, What he told me was ammunition they have now could be on back order later and the back order date may be moved after that. In short, order what you need now or it may not be available later.

  8. West Michigan
    December 9, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I have been prepping for the last 2 years. I buy cans of bean and ham, pea soup and cases and cases of that and now I’m buying peanutbutter and rice, flour, beans, canned meats, etc. I also have bought several calibers of firearms with ammo for both as well as about 150 OZs of silver. The number one weapon a person should buy is a 22 LR because you can kill a deer with a head shot at a 100 yard shot as well as small game and if you shot a person in the middle with one it will go in and then bounce all over the place tearing up internal organs. They say its one of the worst guns to get shot with because it won’t just go straight thru. Plus you can get 500 rounds real cheap. Hundred bucks will get you 2000 rounds if you shot around. But you also need a good 12 gauge. I went with the remington 887 because it will take 3.5 inch shells. I got the one for defense not bird hunting but I spilled recommend the remington 870 to everyone else. And a good 308 as well as a 223 are good weapons because those are NATO rounds.

  9. MommaBear
    December 9, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I’ve got 20 different recipes for rabbit, squirrel and other small game that I inherited from Grandma. I can cook venison anyway you like, I know how to use dandelion and cattails in so many ways I feel like Forest Gump’s shrimping buddy. All these can be found all year round even when winter hits hard here in NE Ohio. I’ve got the dogs to track the game, and everyone in my house can hunt any of them with their own rifle or bow. I firmly think that what you can’t stock, you better know how to find AND use. To fuel the body for a hard day foraging, hunting or just plain surviving, you need protein, carbs. and greens. …Just a BTW, my husband asked for a reloading kit this Christmas -last year it was a fletching frame and supplies. Now that’s a good man and something I’m quite happy to oblige!

    • Matibob
      December 30, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      Ewww…….well thanks for helping me on my diet! I would rather eat dirt but thanks all the same.

  10. MommaBear
    December 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Oh, forgot to mention! Those bread crumbs? Might nice coating for some bunny filet ;)

  11. church
    December 11, 2011 at 5:21 am

    mommabear I’ve ate rabbit all my life and no matter there’s no bad way to cook it my mom use to make rabbit hash and to this day i can still taste it…

  12. Just Lil Ol Me
    December 19, 2011 at 1:39 am

    Nane told me how she used to make “1-2-3 Cake” and now, I wish I could remember the recipe! It’s SO simple: 1 cup of this, 2 of that and 3 of another .. pour into hot skillet, bake. 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 3 c flour?? I just cannot remember! But I do know this: living up in Alaska, I CANNOT even touch the veggies the number of veggies that she and her sister grew, and taught me to grow, store and cook .. its too cold up north here. In these times, I LIKE it up here, but sure wish I had better access to good vegetables!

  13. Just Lil Ol Me
    December 19, 2011 at 1:40 am

    OH! MY FAV DEPRESSION DESSERT? Dinner’s cornbread, left out to get cold, crumbled in a glass or cup. Pour “sweet milk” over it and yummmmmyyy … “depression dessert” .. the BEST!

  14. newbies
    February 16, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    For anyone looking for some good old fashioned recipes My fave that will be coming with me is Less with More by Doris Longacre…its full of advice on canning and using up leftovers and stockpile items.

  15. Goldenseal
    February 22, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Waste not, want not. What you waste today you will someday wish you had.
    Our great country has been wasteful during our time of plenty. Prepare yourself and your loved ones for our coming times of want.

  16. Trapperjohn
    March 12, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Killer 91 mentioned about the LDS and the 2 year provisions. I would like to add that the LDS Church came out with a wonderful guide book a few years ago, I have one and it tells you exactly what you ought to have, and what you need. If you have a LDS friend ask them to copy, or maybe you can still get one?

  17. JT
    February 28, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I wrote one of these so-called survival guides. It’s a lot different than what you might expect. Check it out, if you would be so kind. I want to get it into the hands of as many people as I can, but it turns out that’s harder than writing it!

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