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Backcountry Cooking: From Pack to Plate in 10 Minutes (Backpacker Field Guides) [Kindle Edition]

Miller Dorcas
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Book Description

* Tasty, easy recipes from the editors of Backpacker magazine and other outdoor experts
* Fast, fuel-efficient meals in 10 minutes
* 144 recipes

Even backpackers who swear by mac 'n' cheese in the backcountry will admit to drooling when a companion whips out an evening meal of Thai veggie noodles, and coconut-mango rice pudding for dessert. Even so, they'll protest that such great trail food is too complicated to prepare.

Well, no more. Backcountry Cooking simplifies backcountry food preparation and shows hikers how to eat well while packing light. It offers fast, easy recipes from Backpacker magazine editors and contributors, outfitters, backpacking food suppliers, and trail veterans. With a smorgasbord of information, Miller covers the basics about ingredients, fast food and fuel efficiency, dehydrating, and backcountry baking. Most of the 144 recipes take only 10 minutes to prepare on the trail. With a little extra preparation at home and this compendium of expert advice, even the most minimalist hiker will find it easy to eat like royalty in the backcountry.

Product Details

  • File Size: 7349 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The Mountaineers Books; 1st edition (May 31, 1998)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001I460A6
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #786,445 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a book for those that like to eat January 31, 2000
This book is excellent. It may not have the largest number of recipes, but the ones it does have are well thought out, backpacker friendly, and just plain good. The book has a lot of variety too. Each recipe is organized into two parts, the pre-hike preparation (what to do at home) and then then a on-trail section. The authors have tried to simplify the on-trail requirements making meal time easier. The book emphasizes using standard ingrediants (no more expensive store bought freeze-dried stuff) and includes instructions for preserving (dehydrating) your own.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
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After reading many reviews, I purchased this book, BACKCOUNTRY COOKING, and THE BACK-COUNTRY KITCHEN by Teresa Marrone. I can't help but compare the two books, so my opinion on this book is relative to my opinion of the other.

The introduction of BACKCOUNTRY COOKING categorizes camp chefs as Ascetics, Pragmatists or Gourmands. This book leans heavily toward the ascetic-pragmatist end of the scale. As the subtitle, FROM PACK TO PLATE IN 10 MINUTES, may suggest, the emphasis is on quickly-prepared meals. As a consequence, the meals tend to be simple. If you're someone for whom part of the challenge of the camp experience is to create fabulous multi-course meals in the wild, this book is not for you. And, as expected for a book from BACKPACKER magazine, the emphasis is on light packing and cooking with a single-burner stove.

The first part of the book discusses ingredients, tool and procedures as does Marrone's book, but I find the discussion in THE BACK-COUNTRY KITCHEN to be better and more complete, in particular, providing much more detail in home drying foods. BACKCOUNTRY COOKING discusses a plethora of grains, most of which I've never seen in a grocery store. (Different kinds of oats, different kinds of rice, bread bases, etc.) Baking methods are very briefly touched upon, but the book goes little beyond single-burner stove-top cooking.

Sidebars from different magazine contributors are interspersed throughout the book, and give good tips. Some black-and-white photos are also sprinkled throughout the book.

After the introduction, the book goes into the chapters containing the recipes, with each chapter representing a meal or course. One very nice thing is that each recipe includes nutritional information.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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If you subscribe to Backpacker magazine the things in this won't suprise you, but having them all collected together is great. Lots of interesting recipes, good stories about cooking, and useful advice really rounded out my bookshelf.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eat Well February 13, 2002
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This book has a good amount (it's not War and Peace) of recipes that are tasty and easy for backpacking! Also a chapter or two of good advice concerning food in to pack it, what kinds of things work, making your own dried foods, etc. Each meal has a chapter, like Breakfast, Lunch, whatever...there are no-cook things, all the way to fresh baked bread on the trail and pizza. Yum! (well no I haven't done the pizza or bread but I'm going to try it since they sound so good! And easy too)
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