This episodes’ second segment looks at Kellene Bishop, the so-called ‘gourmet prepper’.
Despite prepping for “a financial collapse which will result in the End of the World As We Know It!”, her whole strategy is based around food, and I’d have to describe it as hoarding…so that when shit goes down, you can keep eating like you do now. She has years worth of food stored, and lives in SLC; I’m going to go out on a limb and infer that she’s Mormon.
Unfortunately, there’s no mention of a garden, or a cow in the backyard, or anything fresh, just store-bought ‘shelf-stable’ canned goods and stuff. Yeah, you have 8 years worth of processed, fatty foods stored up, but what happens when that eventually runs out? I really think she needs to change up her pre-disaster diet to include something more green (I’m not just talking sustainable here, that also means vegetables; lady needs to eat some salad, instead of bread, cheese, eggs, and instant potatoes).
Honestly—and I’m no psychiatrist—I think she’s a good candidate for…I don’t know what, some kind of neuroticism. When her husband says, “Yeah, my wife does like to store a lot of food…”, I thought, no buddy, it looks like that’s all she likes to do. Her whole life seems to fixate on food—storing it, cooking it, and eating it. When you spend six to eight hours a day stockpiling food, I think you’ve crossed a line.
Food aside, she and her husband picked a really surprising way to carry on secret conversations post-disaster: learn Tagalog. Really? Just so they can talk to each other when they’re sweeping their house for bandits! I don’t know if there are many Filipinos in Utah to chat with, but unless they have plans to visit Oceania anytime soon, I’d suggest learning something actually useful. I’d go with Russian or Mandarin—at least then they could communicate with the occupying overlords in the event of a Red Dawn scenario!
Thankfully, she does redeem herself by putting a big focus on teaching self-defense classes for women, which is always a good thing.
*Because Mrs. Bishop is a prime example of this, I should mention here that most of the people being profiled on this series have something to gain from it. They either have books, blogs, podcasts, or youtube channels on the subject, and want some free publicity, even if it means broadcasting details of their survival strategies to the world.