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Backpack Gourmet: Good Hot Grub You Can Make at Home, Dehydrate, and Pack for Quick, Easy, and Healthy Eating on the Trail [Kindle Edition]

Linda Frederick Yaffe
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Book Description

  • Over 160 recipes for soups, stews, pasta, casseroles, and breakfast and snack ideas
  • Potato Soup Parmesan, Seafood Stew, Sweet and Sour Noodles, Spicy Chicken
  • Tips on drying food in a dehydrator or oven

    Meals on the trail can be as delicious and varied as meals prepared at home. You can create meals to suit your tastes or diet--vegetarian, low fat, Asian, Italian. Meals prepared and dehydrated at home are compact and lightweight, perfect for the backpacker, and safer than packing perishable foods. The author shows how to prepare the meals so that they will travel well and will be easy to reconstitute in camp. The easy step-by-step instructions detail how to cook and dry lightweight, satisfying meals at home and then prepare them easily in camp--truly complete, instant meals.

  • Editorial Reviews

    From Library Journal

    Yaffe, a librarian, camper, and author of High Trails Cookery, offers more than 150 recipes for hikers seeking an alternative to the expensive, often boring, freeze-dried prepared meals that are sold in stores. Most of them are for dishes that are completely cooked at home and dried in an electric dehydrator (or an oven), then simply rehydrated with boiling water, requiring no further cooking at the campsite. There are also trail snacks and other no-cook recipes, as well as cookies, muffins, and other baked goods. Some of the recipes are vegetarian, while others offer vegetarian (or vegan) options. For larger collections and others where camping and hiking books are popular.
    Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

    From Booklist

    The more adventurous camper will turn to Linda Yaffe's Backpack Gourmet. She offers fish jerky as well as the beef variety, and she leads her band of outdoorspersons into an elaborate world of breakfasts, snacks, and dinner dishes. She insists that complex-sounding dishes such as crab fettuccini and portobello curry need not be beyond the reach of the backwoodspeople. For the less sophisticated frontier cook, hot dog stew and peanut butter fudge make satisfying outdoor meals. There are also recipes for fruit leather and similar easily transportable snacks. She also offers guidelines on choosing cooking equipment for campers and on techniques for ensuring all-important freshwater supplies in the backcountry. Mark Knoblauch
    Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

    Product Details

    • File Size: 2170 KB
    • Print Length: 160 pages
    • Publisher: Stackpole Books; illustrated edition edition (December 1, 2002)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B001GIPF6O
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,054 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    122 of 126 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough variety January 31, 2006
    This was the first backcountry cookbook I bought. I was looking for recipes that could be mostly assembled at home, would be lightweight to transport, and were easy to cook over a backpacking stove.

    On first glance, this book appeared to fit the bill. Most recipes are assembled at home, dehydrated, and then rehydrated as a one-pot meal. However, I tried several recipes this past summer while canoeing and camping in the BWCAW and found the texture and taste of most of the meals to be disappointing. Many of the same ingredients are used over and over in "different" recipes, so many meals taste the same. Also, since the recipes are twice-cooked, the texture is often mushy.

    Shortly after purchasing this book, I also bought Lipsmackin' Backpackin'. I ended up using this book for almost all of our camping meals, supplemented by hummus and candied walnuts, and a few other random recipes from Backpack Gourmet. I don't think that the purchase of Backpack Gourmet was offset by the few recipes that we regularly use.

    I would recommend buying a different backcountry cookbook if you are intersted in eating something with flavor and texture. If, however, you aren't interested in flavor, but are simply looking for a meal that can be made quickly at camp and has all the calories and nutrients you need, then this is probably the book for you.
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    52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my backpacking life! March 18, 2007
    By K. Hunt
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    This is the book I have been waiting for. I love to cook, I love to eat, and I love to backpack, and this book lets me enjoy all three. Previously, I was one of those backpackers who ate mac-n-cheese and Lipton noodles over and over and over. It was really boring, and I wasn't getting enough protein in my diet. Getting ready for our epic 4 month hike on the PCT this summer, I wanted to try food dehydrating, but I also needed a recipe book. After lots of online research I ordered this book and "Trail Food" by Alan Kesselheim. Kesselheim and Yaffe have completely different approaches, and I find Yaffe's approach far more user-friendly. You DO NOT want to mess with drying each food item separately and then trying to assemble them in the backcountry. You are tired, you are hungry. You do not want to spend lots of time messing with ten different little baggies and jars of spices and oils. Leave all of that at home. Yaffe's approach is simple and elegant, and I'm quite honestly shocked that more people don't do it this way: You make your soup, stew, pasta dish or casserole in the comfort of your home. The key is that you must keep the chunks of vegetables, etc. very small. You then spread the dish in thin layers on your dehydrator trays and let the dehydrator do all of the work. Just this weekend, we went backpacking and ran the true field test: rehydrating all of the foods that I had previously dehydrated. The results were impressive. Breakfast casseroles, delicious spaghetti for dinner, tuna and bruschetta spreads at lunch, and none of it had that preservative-laden flavor that store-bought foods are cursed with. Read more ›
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    37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars They are wrong, and she is right! February 26, 2007
    If you are going to buy a book about backpack dehydrating this is the one. I have read several others and beat my brains out trying to get spagetti sauce to powder, etc. They are all wrong, and she is right. Don't try to dehydrate the ingredients separately, cook the whole meal and then dehydrate the whole thing together. It seems too good to be true, but it really works, and it works both easier and better. Make it your own way (within a few simple limits), and it really is better, cheaper, and easier than buying the commercial deydrated foods. I might have thought of it myself, if all of the other books weren't so misleading!
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    20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Survive the back woods or thrird World July 6, 2007
    By Big Ed
    Well who'd ever think I, a middled aged man married to a wonderful wife and cook,would be cooking for 4 in the third world, anything other than PB&J's.
    They all laughed at me as I stashed vac-packed meals into 4 seperate ditty bags, I would just smile and say I wanted to be prepared.
    As we went off the main road and up into the mountain villages, by the third day thier tune started to change.

    Wonderful quick meals Breakfasts(eggs and sausage) soups for lunch, lasanga and stews for dinner and even bisguits. breakfast squares, granola bars, and carrot soup were the big hits with the ladies but I think they just enjoyed not having to cook.
    The meals are power packed and full of protien very nutritional. easy to find or grow ingredients.The portions were plentiful, usually we would share in the villages.

    Now from grill master at home to the trail chef cooking lasnqna in the bush in less than 5 minutes they want me to cook these meals at home .

    I Highly recommend this book to all who travel and camp where there are no stores. Cooking meals 1st then dehyrating them not only saved lots of weight in the backpack, but allows you to spice them up to your liking before you dehydrate, so meals are a delight not the same old, same old, very important on 3-4 week trips.
    (A good cook always tastes the food before giving to the critics)
    These Nutritional meals keep your body healthy and full of energy to work or play the next day. yet allow you to pack away plenty in a small space. also you can prepare them and stash them in the freezer months before.
    Not a bad Idea to have on hand in a disaster kit stored in a sealed bucket with a couple of cases of water in the cool basement either.

    Don't forget the water filter and small pot to cook & eat out of.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good fair price
    Exactly as expected. Quality product. Good fair price. Fast shipping.
    Published 12 days ago by Nirocz
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
    I have tried several recipes from this book and all of them were stellar. I like the one pot meal concept. Highly recommend it.
    Published 1 month ago by Mario C.
    5.0 out of 5 stars backcountry eating
    A great list of recipes and ideas for the diy backpacker. What more needs to be said? Eat good in the backcountry with this
    Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Step it up on cooking on the hiking trail
    As I am gaining more skills on meals to have while hiking I am glad I have this book for reference. This opens my mind on how to have fun with your meals while hiking.
    Published 3 months ago by Randall
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great One Pot Meals
    Preparing dehydrated one pot meals at home for the back country is the best way to hike. You carry less equipment and get to eat quickly after deciding to eat. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Michael Koukoullis
    5.0 out of 5 stars great book
    This is a terrific book at a great price! My friend loved it, got it for him for Christmas this year.
    Published 4 months ago by jim
    5.0 out of 5 stars A must for preppers!
    The book is well written. It provides clear and simple instructions that are easy to follow regardless of culinary background. The recipes are fantastic. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Evelyn
    5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK
    Nice book to learn how to make your own hiking food. Right down to fruit roll ups. If you want to bring home made into the woods, get this book for recipes.
    Published 5 months ago by Bonnie J. Jones
    5.0 out of 5 stars Yay Linda!
    There are a lot of good ideas for trail food in here that will have you looking forward to meals rather than fast food at the end of the trail! Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Jack Conrad
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource
    I borrowed this book from the library a few years ago. I was asked by a friend to prepare all the food for a 10 day canoe trip. This book was what I based many of the meals on.
    Published 6 months ago by Joel E Dreibelbis
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