- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Clarkson Potter (May 8, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0767923081
- ISBN-13: 978-0767923088
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,373,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Great American Camping Cookbook Paperback – May 8, 2007
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Roughly one third of American families go camping at least once each year, according to longtime Field & Stream contributor Cookman (Ice Blink, Atlantic), and they've all got to eat. In this breezy and informative collection, part cookbook and part camping lore, Cookman proves time and again that healthy, tasty food and camping are not mutually exclusive. Eschewing processed foods for the real thing, Cookman offers a list of staples to pack (apples, lemons, cheese, ham) as well as lighter, smarter alternatives-for instance, why bother hauling soda when powdered Kool-Aid will do the trick? His provisions lists will cover most outings and are scaled for various group sizes and lengths of time. Operating from that basic stock of ingredients, he offers recipes for everything from campfire classics like Biscuits and Gravy, Pan-fried Trout and Baked Beans to Squash Fritters and Wild Rice Pancakes. Given the breadth of his recipes and their ease of preparation, this will be a welcome resource for camp cooks.
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“An indispensable guide for the outdoor enthusiast who craves real, soul-satisfying food, the kind that makes, not breaks, a camping trip.”
—Slaton White, former editor of Field & Stream
“Cookman's simple campfire fare is American cuisine at its finest.”
—Robb Walsh, author of The Tex-Mex Cookbook
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He makes great points about how we should eat healthy while camping not just at home. Why give that up for some EXPENSIVE freeze-dried, nutritionally suspect food just because we are in the great outdoors?
The recipes are not fancy but that doesnt mean they arent delicious! They are easy to prepare, pack, transport, cook & enjoy. This book is a wealth of info whether you are a scout leader, novice camper or even an expert trekker. Your camping trip will be the talk of many years to come.
My Grandmother got a hold of this book & told me it was the first time she saw anyone get the recipe for Red Eyed gravy right. The recipes are time tested & loved.
My only complaint is I didnt find this book sooner.
Don't expect a calorie guide for each recipe because this is a true outdoor cookbook that expects that what you're doing will more-than-likely burn off all the calories anyway.
On to the recipes - first off, there is a lot of pork in this book, country ham and dry-cured bacon to be specific. Out of curiosity, I tried searching out these items locally to see how easy they were to find, and my only option was to order them over the internet. Since the majority of my group of campers was restricted from eating pork anyway, I opted to skip the recipes that could not be easily adapted to do without that ingredient. That knocked about 1/2 of the recipes in the book off my list.
Still, there was plenty to try. Homemade baked beans were good, but a tad too sweet for my liking - maybe because they lacked the salty pork that the recipe called for. I'd make it again, just with less sugar. Cornmeal banock was delicious, and the author's tip to mix the dry ingredients in a ziplock before leaving and just add water when it was time to cook was ingenious. My only complaint with the homemade beef jerky is that my crew ate it all before the trip even started. And the section on camping-friendly alcoholic drinks was much appreciated. A few sips of hot buttered rum, and the adults were able to forget a day filled with children whining about all the miseries camping, and just enjoy the great outdoors. I highly recommend.