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Ultimate Camp Cooking is a unique take on camp cooking, it uses humor. And inside this portable, durable flexibound book, outdoor cooks will find more than 80 tasty dishes that can either be grilled over an open flame or cooked over a campfire in a Dutch oven. Faverman and Mac travel the United States to meet people and teach them how to make gourmet-quality dishes right at their campsites. Each delicious recipe is easily prepared using familiar, flavorful ingredients and basic cooking techniques, and the results are fantastic! Also included are full-color photographs for most dishes, as well as hilarious stories and handy tips and tricks from the Ultimate Camp Cooking pros. Tired of hot dogs and granola bars? Instead, consider recipes such as Dutch Oven Benedict, Blue Cheese Meatballs, and S'more Pies. Ultimate Camp Cooking has those and many other amazing and satisfying meals?all cooked campside with little fuss, but a whole lot of flavor.Over 80 recipes.Many feature Dutch oven cooking.About the Authors - Pat 'MAC' grew up in Boise, Idaho working at his father's restaurant cooking and bartending. He spent summers in the mountains camping with his family and friends. After high school he became a comedian and has performed all around the country doing topical and observational comedy. In 2005 he decided to combine his three passions; cooking, comedy and camping into a successful career. Pat is also a comedy writer and has written several books including "Customers are Jerks". Pat co-created Ultimate Camp Cooking with Mike including the DVD series, live performances and popular cookbook. Mike 'The Big Cheese' Faverman is a nationally touring comedian that has traveled the country performing at clubs and theaters since 1999. Mike received one of the great comedic rewards when he was passed as a paid regular at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles in 2003. He now has his name on the wall at the most famous comedy club in the world. Mike co-created Ultimate Camp Cooking...

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I was skeptical about a cookbook written by two comedians whose stand-up comedy routine centers around ultimate camping. But while it's true that the stories in the book are hilarious, the recipes themselves are for real and nothing like the pork and beans with hot dogs many campers resort to. It's like gourmet cooking for the camper whether grilling or using a dutch oven.

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.
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This outdoor cooking dutch oven recipe book is definitely above average, but too many of the recipes still call for mixes, canned condensed soups, and refrigerated pillsbury canned biscuits. I was hoping for more real recipes, but there are a numnber of genuinely good ones here too.

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!).
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Ultimate Camp Cooking is just the right size to take along with you camping. With eighty recipes, it is comprehensive to get you through many meals -- morning, noon and nightfall. They take care to help you plan everything before leaving. It is well made with heavy gloss paper that is good while cooking in the wild. And I gave that extra star because it is enjoyable to read all the extra material while relaxing after all that cooking over a hot fire.

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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There are a couple of things which make this book of very marginal value to me. First, the book is too much about the authors, and not enough about cooking. In fact, the first twenty-five per cent of the book deals with things like how they created their first DVD. This kind of information should go on their web page; it shouldn't be used as padding for an otherwise very slim tome. After that, it gets better--stories about dealing with bears, foxes, and guests are at least on topic and entertaining.

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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