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Product Details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 1 edition (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070430233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070430235
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,063,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The Dutch oven accompanied pioneers west in the chuckwagon and was noted by Lewis and Clark as one of their most valued pieces of equipment. This remarkable cooking pot remains an efficient way to prepare food on an open fire and is considered essential by paddlers, car campers, RVers, and even backpackers (thanks to new, lightweight materials). A simple cast-iron or aluminum container with legs, the camp Dutch oven is incredibly versatile, taking the place of a host of outdoor cooking utensils. With its snugfitting lid, it becomes an oven when heated with charcoal briquettes and can be used for baking, braising, stewing, or roasting. With the lid removed, the oven becomes a kettle for boiling, deep-fat frying, or heating food quickly over a fire.

Marrying the traditional cast-iron pot with contemporary cooking styles and tastes, The Outdoor Dutch Oven Cookbook offers more than 200 creative, delicious, original recipes--each prepared, tested, and refined by Sheila Mills, one of America's finest outdoor cooks. This is not your usual cowboy kettle fare of meat, beans, and biscuits! Rather, these are healthy, innovative, gourmet recipes, developed by Sheila and her friends over twenty years and served to thousands of whitewater-rafting passengers on trips down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

Best of all, the recipes are easy to prepare, whether you're on a remote riverbank or in your own kitchen. Sheila has adapted the recipes for indoor cooking, providing alternative instructions, times, and temperatures for the conventional oven or stovetop.

Sheila and husband, David, have a great love and concern for the river environment. The Outdoor Dutch Oven Cookbook includes an invaluable section on low-impact camp cooking, providing techniques and rules of etiquette for gathering and burning firewood; disposing of waste water; keeping food cold, fresh, and safe to eat; and practicing no-kill, catch-and-release fishing. With handy lists of camp cooking equipment and time-saving tips, plus sections on the care and use of Dutch ovens and where to buy them, this truly is a one-stop reference for Dutch oven cooks.

Paddlers, campers, and other outdoorspeople­­--Would you like to add these recipes to your outdoor fare?

BREAKFAST DISHES

  • Avocado Frittata
  • Huevos Middle fork
  • Gingerbread Corn Cakes

BREADS

  • Parmesan Popovers
  • Sage and Olive Focaccia Bread
  • Sweet Potato Pecan Muffins

APPETIZERS AND SNACKS

  • Crab-stuffed Mushrooms
  • Asparagus and Cheese Sandwiches
  • Not-for-the-Fainthearted Nachos

MEAT AND MEATLESS MAIN DISHES

  • Dutch Oven Enchiladas
  • Polenta with Wild Mushrooms
  • Halibut with Pineapple Salsa

DESSERTS

  • Raspberry Bread Pudding
  • Alpine Apple Crisp
  • Sour Cream Raisin Pie

After 20 years of feeding river runners from all over the world, Sheila Mills knows what hungry outdoorspeople like to eat. In the Outdoor Dutch Oven Cookbook, she uses a traditional cooking tool to create a new dimension of contemporary, innovative recipes for everything from salads to desserts. This is camp cooking as you've never tasted it!

About the Author

Since 1978, Sheila Mills and her husband, David, have operated Rocky Mountain River Tours, guiding thousands of passengers down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. One of their specialties has always been Sheila's outstanding Dutch oven cooking. So great was the demand for her recipes that she self-published two cookbooks, now combined and updated in this Ragged Mountain Press edition. Sheila has a Bachelor's degree in Home Economics from the University of Montana and is a member of America Outdoors, Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association, the International Dutch Oven Society, Idaho Conservation League, and Idaho Rivers United.

Customer Reviews

I have made several recipes from this book.
campqueen
I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to elevate their camp cooking (or home cooking!)
Sharon Vail
It is a good cook book many interesting receipes well laid out.
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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful By riverlady on October 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
In preparation for a trip to Death Valley for Thanksgiving, I am wading through a number of "D.O." cookbooks. This book has the best recipes by far, as noted by others here, but it doesn't include instructions on how to cook with a D.O. -- i.e. how many briquets to use, where to place them, how to adjust the temperature. Perhaps a lot of "seasoned" river runners like the authors have been doing it so long they assume everyone knows how, but a basic book should include basic instructions. If you're needing that info, check out "Lovin' Dutch Ovens," by Joan S. Larsen. The recipes are more Betty Crocker-ish (and in some cases frightening), but the instructions go over sizes, quantities and temperature control -- a must for most people in the market for a D.O. book. Oh and, BTW, once you know how to cook in a D.O., the reality is you can pretty much cook any of your favorite recipes.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Blossom Barr on December 13, 1999
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Minium campsite cooking impact information was useful and directions very clear and simple. There is no magic required to use the Dutch oven just a few Kingsford brand briquettes. I own several Dutch oven cookbooks which all appear to be written for boy scout leaders, nothing wrong with that, however, Sheila Mills' cookbook is unique yet easy to use if you want rave food reviews in camp. All the recipes I have tried turned out to be delicious.
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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
I was disappointed in "The Outdoor Dutch Oven Cookbook." I purchased this book looking for information on cooking with Dutch ovens. What I got was a book with some interesting recipes (quite a few that are not made with a Dutch oven!) that was very vague about cooking techniques. There is a section on the differences in cast iron and aluminum Dutch ovens and some info on the various ways you can use them, but nothing on the actual techniques. After reading the book, I have the same questions I started with! Instead of the oddly random general camping information ("catch & release" fishing, human waste disposal, etc.) I would've much preferred some nitty-gritty info on how to use a Dutch oven.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John D. Fry on September 28, 2005
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I have been collecting and trying dutch oven receipes for some time and found the content of the Outdoor Dutch Oven book very solid. Some receipes are too involved for outdoor trips, but would work just fine in the kitchen. I originally checked the book out of the library, but was so impressed I thought it deserved to be purchased. The comments regarding no instruction on dutch oven skills are valid. You'll want another resource for that.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lorelie on June 25, 2011
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It is very difficult to find outdoor cooking dutch oven recipe books that don't involve lots of mixes, pillsbury canned refreigerated biscuits, and canned soups. This book is such an incredible relief from all that. There are some recipes that call for canned condensed soups and such, but most of the recipes do not. And the recipes I've tried are very good.

Many of the recipes are very straightforward and uncomplicated to make, but do require some prep time. If you're looing for outdoor recipes that require only the minimum of preparation, then this is not your book. The many other books out there would suit you better - the ones with the mixes and canned condensed soups, etc. Those recipes are the fastest and easiest to make. But if you want to explore a bit more or a lot more complexity, this book will provide a range of recipes to try.

Many of the recipes can be made with a single dutch oven, while some will require an additional dutch oven or frypan or saucepan. Some recipes might be a bit too fussy for me to make when camping, but most that I've read through seem easy enough to do outdoors. The ones I've tried have been easy and fast to make. In the case of cakes and toppings for example, I pre-measure the dry ingredients and put them together in zip-locks so I'm not having to measure when I'm cooking. You can also pre-prep meats for many recipes as well. Just common-sense to reduce the amount of stuff you have to take with you and to reduce the amount of preparation at the time of cooking.

Many here have complained there aren't enough cooking directions. However the author gives a chart of the number of coals needed for the bottom and the top at a given temperature.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Vail on September 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
I've looked at a lot of Dutch oven cookbooks, and this is the best one yet. It includes recipes, information and ideas I've not seen anywhere else. I especially liked that Ms. Mills includes directions for conventional oven use. While some of the recipes may be more complicated than some camp cooks want to tackle, there is something for everyone here.

I've tried several of the recipes and featured one, Witches' Brew, in my recipe column. Well worth the money.I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to elevate their camp cooking (or home cooking!) from hamburgers and a can of beans to a meal to remember.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 2000
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I just bought a Dutch oven and this book was given to me as a gift to help me get started. I have really had a great time cooking with it and it has delicious recipes in it that are easy and quick to prepare, which is what I was looking for!
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More About the Author

Our river vacationing guests at rockymountainrivertours.com request recipes which have resulted in my 3 cookbooks. I continue to develop new Dutch oven recipes for our river tours (since 1978) on the Middle Fork of the Salmon in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.