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The Real Family Camping Cookbook [Kindle Edition]

Maggie da Silva
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Book Description

The “bible” for family camping cooking, this cookbook contains 157 family-tested recipes accompanied by hundreds of variations, observations, tips and quotations. The Real Family Camping Cookbook is an essential item for every family’s camping trip packing list. Developed and perfected through the author’s personal experiences camping with her own family, The Real Family Camping Cookbook combines the camping classics with a wealth of surprising new ideas to put the fun and adventure of camping into every meal. The recipes are easy to follow, menus and meal planning make trip-shopping simple… and the accompanying quotations and quips on every page only add to the enjoyment of this wonderful book. The Real Family Camping Cookbook guarantees fun and delicious campfire meals that kids will ask for every time… and remember all their lives.

Editorial Reviews


"Maggie da Silva has a cool blog and an e-cookbook devoted to the joys of family camping meals. Some smart ideas in here for summer hijinks on the road." - Sam Sifton, The New York Times

"An excellent planning guide, worthy of regular consultation and filled with family-friendly dishes that are quick and easy to reproduce at the campfire. Plan camping meals in advance, then tote the ebook to campfire on a Kindle to refer to during cooking: it's that easy." - Midwest Book Review
"For delicious cooking tips (and humorous wording) check out the well reviewed The Real Family Camping Cookbook by Maggie da Silva. It is filled with over 150 family-tested camping recipes and musings that are sure to please the palate and funny bone of both little and big campers." - The Times-Picayune

"This fun $3.99 ebook is a must-have. The recipes will sustain you, the advice will guide you and, written in Maggie's silly voice, the writing will entertain you. That sounds like a camping essential to me! -
"A must-have for families considering a camping trip this summer. From first-time campers (especially) to seasoned veterans, there are recipes in this book that will please everyone in the family. My favorite part of the book is reading recipes that I never (in a million years) would have dreamt up but that make perfect sense when camping!" - The Blended Family Blog

Product Details

  • File Size: 680 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Publisher: CAC Digital Arts; 1 edition (June 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491,009 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Like licking the floor of heaven" May 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The first thing I do when I pick up a new book, is read through the table of contents. This book had me in its grasp immediately. The names of the dishes alone should make yo want the book: Eggs in a Baggie, Eggs Mc(Insert Your Family Name Here), Wormy Apple, Grilled Peanut Butter, Glop and Ice Cream in a Can are just a few that made me want to build a fire my back yard and get cooking.

The book is like the best kind of kids' movie. It is playful, fun and hilarious, but has plenty in it for adults. I imagine having a great meal of "Spider Dogs" and then, when the kids are asleep, chewing over some of the many quotes from the likes of George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde, who wrote, "I have met many hard-boiled eggs in my time, but you're twenty minutes." Ha!

In addition to all of the fun, there's real practical help here too. For instance, the fact that it can be brought along on my Kindle is fabulous (although I imagine there will be eggy fingerprints to wipe off when I get home). The meal plans in the back (with snacks) mean that I can make my shopping list and not be totally stumped when I get to wherever we're camping.

The best thing about this book, though, is that it feels like a friend has typed up all of her family's favorite recipes and sent them just to you. There is no fussiness, no showing off about making meringues over a double-boiler. These recipes are real, for real people at real camping grounds. DaSilva writes in one recipe to add some shredded cheese "or little pieces of cream cheese." Yay! No more shame at substituting what's on hand. Make if fun, make it yummy, and do it with whatever you can get your hands on.

As DaSilva wrote about her recipe for Biscuits, Eggs and Gravy, it's like "licking the floor of heaven." I'm on my way.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars campfire cooking goes digital May 14, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Da Silva's ecookbook for family camping is not only practical and filled with fun recipes, but entertaining too!

Some of the recipes have intriguing titles: Egg in an Orange, Wormy Apple, Glop. There is also abundant helpful advice: Don't use a real worm (Wormy Apple), allow for your first pancake to be a dud (Apple Pancakes), and cool the make-at-home granola before packing or it will be one big chunk.

Who can resist making a grilled cheese sandwich "even more thrilling" by adding curry powder? I was so pleased to encounter this simple recipe, because I have long been in the habit of adding curry powder to so many things - scrambled eggs, tuna salad - yet it has never occurred to me before to add it to grilled cheese. Mmm!

There are recipes for every taste and every level of expertise. A few call for store-bought biscuit dough, for instance; and one requires two cups of ketchup. Then there are the more challenging recipes--in which the cook must clean, gut, and scale a whole fish before starting to prepare the meal; and those that will certainly appeal to the gourmet palate--linguine with clam sauce, oxtail stew ("for the grownups"), roasted vegetables (ditto), and grilled asparagus.

And, in case you need a "reason" to eat stuffing, several recipes can provide one.

Each recipe is garnished with a literary quote ranging from A.A. Milne to J.R.R. Tolkien. It's like having a bibliography to download and bring along on your camping trip as well!

Check out da Silva's blog, too: [...] for more tips about what to pack and how.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Camping e-Cookbook! May 10, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Maggie da Silva has penned a gem here, a comprehensive cooking e-book that goes beyond just providing great recipes, but also sparkles with wit and knowledge. The table of contents gives a sense of how complete the volume is, but it's another revelation to go through the recipes and see how thorough, clear and pretty much fail-proof they are. What's also clear is that you could try many of these at home before you set off for the campgrounds or woods. One of my favorites is the extremely simple "Wormy Apple," which sounds gross, but which turns out to be this delicious little concoction wedding apples and sausage. Yum!!! Both children and adults will want to make more than a few of these. Another is "Hot Dog Tacos." This one you can also try at home, especially if you realize you need to head the store and the only thing you have in the refrigerator are the recipes 3 ingredients, but it works equally well outdoors, and is scrumptious. Other recipes like "Eggs Mc(Insert Your Family Name Here)" also show the author's deep sense of humor, which anyone who's spent even a little time in a tree-lined clearing over a campfire will know can come in very handy.

Another great thing about "The Real Family Camping Cookbook" is how easy it is to navigate. Da Silva has arranged the recipes logically, and all are clearly marked and easily accessible via the Table of Contents, allowing you to review various types of meals, and then easily click on a recipe to bring up its page. Many of da Silva's recipes have a minimum of ingredients, so you can plan in advance, pack and not have to worry about carrying a supermarket in your knapsack or car.
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More About the Author

Maggie da Silva is the founder of, a homebase for moms and dads who embrace the mess of family life. Da Silva authored the essential camping ecookbook, The Real Family Camping Cookbook, noted by The New York Times as, "an e-cookbook devoted to the joys of family camping meals. Some smart ideas in here for summer hijinks on the road."

Da Silva is the author of two other books in the Real Family Time series: Real Family Halloween Fun and Go Outside and Play!, a guide to outdoor winter family fun.

Da Silva blogs about all things family at, and about family camping at and you can find her on Twitter as @realfamilytime.

You can also visit Real Family Time on Facebook at

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