Ultimate Camp Cooking
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My husband and son are the campers in our family so I had hubby read the book too and give me his honest opinion about the recipes. He thought they sounded good but would probably stick with heating food from cans or grilling meat that didn't require much preparation. The recipes are more suitable for a chuck wagon type set-up for a larger group of people, which is basically what the authors do - they host camping trips and cook for the participants. For those who are simply going to enjoy nature, fishing, hiking, etc., and who don't want to spend their time preparing fancier meals, this book is more entertainment than practical.
That said, I did find recipes I will use for our everyday meals at home so as a cookbook, this is a good one with recipes such as mexican lasagne, cheese stuffed meatballs, s'mores pies, and various pasta dishes. It is also a fun book that any camping enthusiast would enjoy reading, but I wonder how many would go to the trouble to prepare these kinds of meals at camp because of the planning, equipment, and cooking know-how required. Another option would be prepare some of the recipes ahead of time and simply reheat them at camp.
I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited nor required. If I didn't like the book I would say so.
The book is geared towards cooking with cast iron DO's using disposable aluminum foil cooking inserts. You can still use the recipes without the inserts. You cna also adapt the recipes for use with a anozied aluminum DO's by slightly reducing the number of charcoal briquettes.
The good points of the this book are excellent dutch oven cooking instrucitons for each recipe (how many coals on top and bottom) to give newbies lots of confidence, and it gave me a lot of ideas of what and how to cook even if I didn't use the book's recipes verbatim. It also gives some very good cast iron DO cooking tips.
I think this book fills a middle niche between the minimum preperation of most DO books geared towards boy scouts, and that of the more home-made from scratch recipes in The Outdoor Dutch Oven Cookbook, Second Edition by Sheila Mills.
If I could have only two DO cookbooks, this would probably be one of them. But if I could only have one dutch oven cookbook, this would NOT be it (The Outdoor Dutch Oven Cookbook would be the one!).
This is a beginner's book. I am an experienced cook but camp cooking is not like cooking at home. It is not even much like cooking in the back yard. These are not recipes that I would normally make at home. But they make just about everybody happy out there. They surprise and surpass all expectations of companion campers. It is well organized up front for planning, right down to packing your cooler. When they call for a dutch oven, which is frequently, they tell you how many briquettes and where to place them. I needed that. It takes the guess work out.
Sure they cut some corners, but they make it easy on you while making it good for everybody else. So Pillsbury canned dough is better than lugging everything and adding time and effort from scratch. Unless, of course you do not want to do anything but cook. So buy the shredded mozzarella bags and the Knorr hollandaise. They have nice sauces, soups and dessert. No custom order breakfast, please. But it turns out everybody is joyful with a big helping from the dutch oven even when they are showing you how to use your leftovers, which there never are any. My favorites include bourbon flank steak, tumeric chicken, red wine mushroom sauce and the fresh blueberry cobbler. Go from grub to greatness.
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My second complaint is about the recipes themselves. Very few recipes are cooked from scratch; most require at least one canned or packaged mix. Instead of "Ultimate Camp Cooking," this book might be better named "Quick Fix Cooking." The authors recommend specific brands. What if you can't find those brands in your store? You'll need to experiment. The astute cook will know that most of these packages and mixes come with (or make available on the company web pages) well-tested recipes using those particular mixes. So, did you really need the cookbook? I think I will find some of the ideas useful.
My third complaint is about the descriptions of techniques. There isn't much. It's hardly the survey of camp cooking techniques the title promises. The most comprehensive description is about dutch oven cooking with charcoal. This technique was new to me, and I found it interesting. Unfortunately, it is far from complete. Many recipes require an hour or more to cook, yet it is not until you get to the two-hour pork recipe that you find any hint that your charcoal may give out before the food is cooked. The authors say you may need more charcoal. They don't say how to provide it. Since their arrangement of coals won't make it very easy to add coals and ensure that they light, I would guess that you'll probably need to start a second set. How? When? How many? When do you add it? ...and Why am I guessing?
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Funny and informative. Some of the recipes are a little complex for camping, but everything I have cooked ad taseted great. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Heather K. Elliott
Great little cookbook! We have made many of the recipes, beef stew, chicken pot pie, potato soup, Pat Mac's chili, chicken cordon bleu, pecan crusted chicken, and others. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michelle W.
This seller is StELLAR!!! I ordered and it was here on the second after the order. I have four of the this book, I highly recomend it for easy really fun to make and eat. Read morePublished 11 months ago by stormy Daze
Giving it to my son for his birthday. He went to Kindergarten with Pat.Published 12 months ago by R, Cabin
Bought this for the brother who is a camp cooking wonder! He loves it.Published 18 months ago by chrystmas
I heard these guys interviewed on the radio show "The Splendid Table" several years ago. Enjoyed their story and just had to have their cookbook. Great recipes.Published on January 13, 2014 by beyond blessed
It was a gift for someone that is the Merit Badge Counselor for Cooking in Boy Scouts. He said it would work great for the scouts!Published on January 9, 2014 by Kristina Olinger