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.