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Fork in the Trail: Mouthwatering Meals and Tempting Treats for the Backcountry Paperback – December 12, 2007
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By Laurie Ann March
I have really enjoyed A Fork in the Trail even though I am not a hiker and am rarely in the backcountry. I do, however, have a boat, and the recipes in this book fit my needs as a boater to a T. There is not much space on our boat to store consumables, and in the moist environment at the marina or on the river does not lend itself to longevity for prepared dishes, so the use of dehydrated items and those that are easy to carry and take up little space in storage is perfect for me. I am very grateful to Laurie Ann March for doing the thinking part of meal planning for those long boat trips.
Even though it is winter, and boating season is a few months off, I did try a few recipes from this book. It is my policy to cook from every book I review, and A Ford in the Trail was no exception. I even rehydrated dehydrated items to achieve authenticity. I first prepared March's Salmon Cakes, and found the addition of mozzarella cheese brilliant. We enjoyed them immensely on a Lenten evening with sides of buttered noodles, and green beans. (I had to resort to a fast food restaurant to get the packets of mayonnaise, but the recipe was worth the effort) Of course, people who hike and people who boat collect additional packets of sauces and seasonings whenever possible anyway. March's Breakfast Bread Pudding was an ingenious use of powdered egg mix, and quite good. Prepared in my kitchen it was quite easy. I cannot attest to the outback oven method, but it does seem quite doable.
I do recommend this cookbook to anyone preparing to hit the trails or water this summer. You may want to experiment, as I have, before the season starts so you will have an idea of how the dishes come out.
The one downside of the book is that the recipes are fairly complicated, needing a lot of ingredients and planning ahead. As I planned my meals for a 5-day Grand Canyon trek I found myself mixing in a few of the recipes in this book along with simple standbys like instant oatmeal for breakfast, pb&j for lunch, and pasta for dinner. I doubt I will have a lot of energy for baking cakes in the evening after a day of intense hiking!
One suggestion I have for future editions of this book is to list the approximate weight of each meal as you would carry it (dehydrated ingredients plus canned, etc.) I would be interested to flip through and select the lighter meals when on a more intense trek.
This book is totally perfect for car camping with the family, when you have time and energy to prepare more interesting food, bake bread, make cakes, etc. For a lightweight intense trek I will probably still stick with simpler fare, but I enjoyed the opportunity to think more creatively about mobile food!
Far more than just a compilation of recipes, it is a good read from cover to cover.
The recipes cover an amazing variety of tastes and styles. Forget beef stew and gorp--try having African Chicken and Groundnut Stew or Blueberry-Orange Tea Cake. The ingredient lists on the side of the page, the symbols indicating whether the recipe is ultra-light, and the stats on serving size and dehydration time helped me quickly pick the recipes I wanted for our most recent trip. My favorite recipe so far is the Thai Chili Salad (page 72). It was easy to make, dehydrate, and rehydrate, but the combination of tangy lime and spicy cillantro was absolutely amazing on trail. The book splits it's space between light-weight backpacking/paddling recipes and more elaborate car-camping dishes.
This book has changed the way I think about lightweight backpacking cooking! And the recipes are tasty enough that I may start using them for regular meals at home, too. Want to impress your friends with orange cupcakes baked inside hollowed-out oranges? This book is for you.
Mary Ann Miller Bates
(Author of "CH is for Chocolate: Individually Wrapped Tastes of Switzerland")
Most Recent Customer Reviews
More for camping and short trips I thought, than full backpacking. Nice recipesPublished 10 months ago by Tom
Love this book. After buying it in kindle I wanted the proper book as I use it so often. Easy recipes that I use time and time againPublished 21 months ago by Elissa Brittenden
My backpacking food bible. Get an Excaliber dehydrator and you're good to go.Published 22 months ago by Katy West
Exactly as expected. Quality product. Good fair price. Fast shipping.Published on July 1, 2014 by Nirocz
This book will provide the A to Z about preparing your meal at home to enjoying on the trail. Included are all receopies for your meals and the tools you will need to serve the... Read morePublished on March 24, 2014 by Randall
GREAT BOOK. I highly recommend it. I have made many recipes. She opened my eyes to safely make my own backpacking food that includes MEAT... crazy good stuff.Published on March 3, 2014 by Terri