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NOLS Cookery (National Outdoor Leadership School) (NOLS Library) Paperback – January 1, 2004
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*lol* However, this book as found its way into my kitchen at home!
From the perspective of a kitchen geek, this is a pretty cool book because it explains the challenges of cooking in the outdoors, especially without a premade meal plan. The gear is very different from what might exist in a typical kitchen -- campstoves little bigger than bunsen burners, cooking pans of appalling thinness and lightness, interesting uses for gear that no one would even consider in a normal kitchen, ingredients that a "serious" cook would never touch. But it all works, and this is a no-panic guide to getting it to work. This edition adds extensive nutritional information about the recipes, essential to backpackers who need to keep their calorie intake up or limit some aspect of their meal ingredients such as salt or fat.
An interesting point about the recipes is that a great many of them are vegetarian. It seems meat does not travel well in the backcountry, so with a very few exceptions (stock bases, beef jerky, bacon bits, etc) a large amount of the recipes use more backpack-stable meat substitutes such as TVP or beans to bulk out the finished dish. The recipes go from the simple (polenta and other boiled grains, soups) to the ambitious (yeasted breads) to the highly unusual (NOLS specialties such as Phil's Power Dinner, apparently a distant, meatless relative of oyako donburi made with couscous or bulgur wheat). Extensive information is provided on ration planning, and virtually nothing requires at-home preparation (a departure from most backpacking cookbooks).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I do a lot of cooking at home and love to cook good meals while camping, rafting, backpacking, etc. Read morePublished on August 12, 2014 by B.H.
I thoroughly enjoyed the discussion of cooking methods and portion planning laid out in the book. The recipes were easy to duplicate in the field.Published on November 16, 2013
I have not had a chance to try the recommendations yet; will update the review after I do. It looks good/helpful and arrived in good condition and on time. Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by chris t S.
This book explains nutritional needs in the backcountry, what foods to take, and how to prepare them. Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by Mike Bucher
Really enjoyed all aspects of this book. Very useful in determining how much food to pack, how to analyze what sort of nutrition you want to bring and good recipes for making good,... Read morePublished on May 17, 2010 by A. G. Goldberg
This is a great resource! I love the section where they tell you what typical camping items can be used to measure a tablespoon, cup etc. Read morePublished on February 22, 2010 by JHutch
Most people think that food in the back country is at best mediocre and only good because you are hungry. Read morePublished on February 21, 2010 by Greta Hull