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Whether you're taking the kids camping for a weekend, a week or even longer, this is the perfect addition to your gear - offering delicious, easy-to-make food the whole family will love. Cooking in the big outdoors is one of life's greatest pleasures and it's an indisputable fact that food tastes better outside. While tinned soups and barbecued sausages have their place, a Whether you're taking the kids camping for a weekend, a week or even longer, this is the perfect addition to your gear - offering delicious, easy-to-make food the whole family will love. Cooking in the big outdoors is one of life's greatest pleasures and it's an indisputable fact that food tastes better outside. While tinned soups and barbecued sausages have their place, a collection of simple, inspiring and delicious recipes such as these can transform the culinary camping experience. Camping is all about simplicity, being outdoors, and taking the best from your surroundings. Away from the humdrum routine that cooking for a family at home becomes, Tiff and Jim Easton show how outdoor cooking can be a great adventure. Wake up and try Barbecued Strawberry Croissants, for example, made with fresh, local strawberries in the early morning sunshine; cook Fish Kebabs for lunch after a long walk along the beach; make a Lamb & Aubergine Tagine to eat around a campfire as the sun sets; and share Chocolate Fondue with Toasted Fruit & Marshmallows afterwards. Use the meal plans, shopping lists and tips on preparing ahead to make your campsite cooking wonderfully simple. And discover recipes that make the best of the fresh, local produce available - whether it's locally-caught fresh fish, or foraged mushrooms. This is a book for busy parents who don't have time to think about what food to pack or what to prepare, but who want to enjoy cooking and eating all the same. Cooking outdoors should not be a chore; it should not be an obstacle; it should be a fundamental part of living and enjoying life in the open. This book is an indispensable accessory to any camping trip. About the authors: United by a love of food, travel and adventure, the Family Camping Cook Book was a natural step for Tiff and Jim Easton. With childhoods involving cooking live lobster in a caravan in Wales (Tiff) and eating markouk with honey for his school packed lunch in the Lebanon (Jim), it’s hardly surprising. Now from their home in West London they drag their three children, dog, pots and pans to far-flung fields to enjoy the simple enduring pleasure of living, cooking, eating and sleeping in the Great Wide Open.


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Whether you're taking the kids camping for a weekend, a week or even longer, this is the perfect addition to your gear - offering delicious, easy-to-make food the whole family will love. Cooking in the big outdoors is one of life's greatest pleasures and it's an indisputable fact that food tastes better outside. While tinned soups and barbecued sausages have their place, a Whether you're taking the kids camping for a weekend, a week or even longer, this is the perfect addition to your gear - offering delicious, easy-to-make food the whole family will love. Cooking in the big outdoors is one of life's greatest pleasures and it's an indisputable fact that food tastes better outside. While tinned soups and barbecued sausages have their place, a collection of simple, inspiring and delicious recipes such as these can transform the culinary camping experience. Camping is all about simplicity, being outdoors, and taking the best from your surroundings. Away from the humdrum routine that cooking for a family at home becomes, Tiff and Jim Easton show how outdoor cooking can be a great adventure. Wake up and try Barbecued Strawberry Croissants, for example, made with fresh, local strawberries in the early morning sunshine; cook Fish Kebabs for lunch after a long walk along the beach; make a Lamb & Aubergine Tagine to eat around a campfire as the sun sets; and share Chocolate Fondue with Toasted Fruit & Marshmallows afterwards. Use the meal plans, shopping lists and tips on preparing ahead to make your campsite cooking wonderfully simple. And discover recipes that make the best of the fresh, local produce available - whether it's locally-caught fresh fish, or foraged mushrooms. This is a book for busy parents who don't have time to think about what food to pack or what to prepare, but who want to enjoy cooking and eating all the same. Cooking outdoors should not be a chore; it should not be an obstacle; it should be a fundamental part of living and enjoying life in the open. This book is an indispensable accessory to any camping trip. About the authors: United by a love of food, travel and adventure, the Family Camping Cook Book was a natural step for Tiff and Jim Easton. With childhoods involving cooking live lobster in a caravan in Wales (Tiff) and eating markouk with honey for his school packed lunch in the Lebanon (Jim), it’s hardly surprising. Now from their home in West London they drag their three children, dog, pots and pans to far-flung fields to enjoy the simple enduring pleasure of living, cooking, eating and sleeping in the Great Wide Open.

30 review for Family Camping Cookbook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    This was an interesting and a quick read, but a useful resource to look back at as necessary. I am just starting to venture into the world of camping with kids and I have a full range of both young and older kids (3.5 to 12.5) so I am always looking for anything that will make preparation of meals while camping easier. This book is set to be published in the UK and well, I live in the US. So some ingredients and meals are not typical for what I would carry in my house or prepare for my kids. This was an interesting and a quick read, but a useful resource to look back at as necessary. I am just starting to venture into the world of camping with kids and I have a full range of both young and older kids (3.5 to 12.5) so I am always looking for anything that will make preparation of meals while camping easier. This book is set to be published in the UK and well, I live in the US. So some ingredients and meals are not typical for what I would carry in my house or prepare for my kids. Having said that, all of the meals look very yummy and simple to prepare. What was good about this book. Explanations of why the writers brought certain items. The authors’ advice on packing tips and pre-preparation tips. The deserts and breakfasts are very yummy and look easy to prepare. Open fire cooking tips. The authors break down the meals in categories of meals for families with young kids and older kids. The authors have advice about getting kids to help in food preparation. Marinades and dressings to be made at home look very good and easy to make. The recommendation of bringing food pre-made for the first night. What won’t work for me: The dinners and lunches seemed more complicated that what I am looking for as a newer camper with young kids. I am definitely looking for less complicated recipes, right now. But as I begin to branch out, I will look more to these recipes. If you are looking to branch out and try new recipes for cooking and you are hoping to eat more healthier and interesting fare than hotdogs and hamburgers then this book is definitely for you.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    This FAUHNNNNCY cooking, and I knew that when I saw the grilled whole fish with jalapenos on the cover. (My kids would be like, UM NO.) And then opened it up saw things like paella and smoked salmon and recipes with names like "moules mariniere". Ha! But(!) this book is beautiful, and comes with complete shopping lists and lovely illustrations - and how to make all kinds of British things like a one-pot full English breakfast (for the record, YUM.) There are fun basics in here you'll want to add This FAUHNNNNCY cooking, and I knew that when I saw the grilled whole fish with jalapenos on the cover. (My kids would be like, UM NO.) And then opened it up saw things like paella and smoked salmon and recipes with names like "moules mariniere". Ha! But(!) this book is beautiful, and comes with complete shopping lists and lovely illustrations - and how to make all kinds of British things like a one-pot full English breakfast (for the record, YUM.) There are fun basics in here you'll want to add to your camp menu repertoire...plus you can brag about how worldly and cool your family is, since you know that Eton mess is a delicious dessert and not a depressed Brit.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I am a keen outdoor cook. Many years cooking on wood fires with the Guides, both as a Guide and Leader have honed this passion. Though others tastes are very traditional, I am quite happy to try some more unusual camp fare [but not seafood]. When I received a copy of this book through netgalley I was keen to give it a go. Though I'm not camping until the end of September I couldn't resist lighting a fire up in the garden and giving a few of these recipes a go. So I had a few friends over to join I am a keen outdoor cook. Many years cooking on wood fires with the Guides, both as a Guide and Leader have honed this passion. Though others tastes are very traditional, I am quite happy to try some more unusual camp fare [but not seafood]. When I received a copy of this book through netgalley I was keen to give it a go. Though I'm not camping until the end of September I couldn't resist lighting a fire up in the garden and giving a few of these recipes a go. So I had a few friends over to join me in reading this book on my kindle [wish I had a Kindle Fire to enjoy this book's lush photography] and testing out some recipes. They are keen to cook on fire but have never actually done so. We loved that the chapters were by camping location, as many times we've whisked off on a quick weekend away, knowing I could grab this book and go and pick up stuff en-route. As beginners my friends were happy to see a list of equipment and ingredients, and a first for me, I didn't feel that I could add anything more to the list [I'm a big fan of lists]. We all liked the idea of preparing a few things in advance, I've found it useful over the years, 'Be prepared' is one of Baden-Powells motto's after all. Most of the recipes have parts that can be made up, stored in a bag and chucked in the cool box, leaving you free to enjoy more time with your family. Each segment starts with a meal plan, easy to follow and make good use of the fire, taking into account arrival and departure. Options for families with young children, older children and vegetarians. Though you can easily pick and mix these recipes yourself, which is what we did for this night of cooking on fire. We had a few different options for cooking on [to give them all a feel of how it is to cook on them] we had our cast iron bbq set up with Briquettes, an open fire pit, disposable bbq's and my click click gaz stove [you know the little one burner that runs on a tin]. We tried a recipe from each segment. Campfire Cassoulet from Quick Escapes [Wood] This was by far our favourite savoury option, it was meaty, hearty, filling and yummy. This is great, once everything is in the pan it takes about an hour to cook, enough time for setting up the rest of camp before settling down to a filling meal. Butternut Squash Tagine with Nut CousCous from By The Beach. [Briquettes] None of us are veggies but felt we should throw the option in as a fair test of recipes. It was a nice tasty option and certainly didn't feel that the meat was missing. Hearty and full of flavour. Campfire Quesadilla Calzonne from In The Country [Click Click] This was scrummy and a quick meal using bought tortillas and some easy fillings. This would make a perfect lunch option as it's easy and satisfying. Chorizo and Chickpea Soup from Festivals & Parties. [Disposables] This was an easy recipe, not much to go wrong. The chorizo adds a nice kick and the savoy cabbage and chickpea's make it quite filling, though this may be an unsociable option for those sharing a tent! :). The recipe serves four with enough for a second helping, we made it go over 6 people easily We are all dessert fans, but we were so stuffed from the savoury courses that we waited a good while for our meal to go down and decided to go with one option. Toffee Apple Crepes from Quick Escapes I made up the batter in advance and stored it in a large Milk Carton, a quick shake to mix it up again [batter was made in the milk carton and shaken to mix contents]. We cooked up all the batter on the wood, briquette and disposable fires and the toffee apple sauce on the Click, Click. It gave everyone a chance to see how differently they cook, to be honest the disposables were pretty much over, so we did move things about a bit. These were the perfect end to our evening cooking on fire at home. The one thing we all agreed on is the timings were pretty good, it meant that we managed to get everything ready to serve at the same time. Great for a party like ours, but would be so good on camp when everyone is badgering you for when dinner will be ready. My friends have now picked up their own copies after seeing it in a local bookshop and are also excited to try them out on their own camps. The recipes in this book are very much suited to campers or outdoor cooks, meals that are warming and hearty, full of flavour and will make other campers envious of the beautiful aromas. I think this book is going to become a permanent addition to our camp kit. Can't wait to take it camping in September.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Darren

    For many people the thought of camping, even for a weekend, is one of those stresses that they would rather do without. If it is not the thought of creepy-crawlies, strange lavatorial arrangements and carrying everything with you, then the thought of preparing food is the straw that can break the proverbial camel's back. Maybe help is at hand with this book and it can help you appreciate that cooking outdoors "in nature" can be in fact a pleasure. You are not limited to just heating up ready-made For many people the thought of camping, even for a weekend, is one of those stresses that they would rather do without. If it is not the thought of creepy-crawlies, strange lavatorial arrangements and carrying everything with you, then the thought of preparing food is the straw that can break the proverbial camel's back. Maybe help is at hand with this book and it can help you appreciate that cooking outdoors "in nature" can be in fact a pleasure. You are not limited to just heating up ready-made items like soup and cooking sausages on the grill either. The authors seek to keep things simple and the book it split into four distinct sections - quick escapes, by the beach, in the country and festivals & parties - with the aim of letting you find inspiration based around typical scenarios. Before you get going with tent and rucksack overflowing you would be advised to read at least the start of the book as here there is a good primer to "camp cookery" and some thought-provoking comments about the benefits (or disadvantages) of buying all your food at home, buying it locally and even foraging in the wild for bits! Certainly when you read what you are "supposed" to take with you for your camp store cupboard it can be a bit of an eye-opener. Even the "must-haves" seem more than sufficient to this reviewer who does not like the thought of carrying it all... yet he knows just how frustrating it can be even in a stocked kitchen when things that you need and should have are not to be seen. Maybe the authors know best... The book's style is very friendly and inviting and certainly the beginner to all things camping will find a lot of the information to be crucial... even the more experienced camper should find a lot to read here, if not just for the recipes. The text is written in a positive, inspirational and aspirational style that makes a change from some of the other books in this genre. The book is full of little hints and tips that can often shine a metaphorical light bulb over the reader's head. There are even typical meal plans to help you get some ideas and, of course, make the truly most of the book - the quality of the information and the thoughts placed behind it show when you see there are even meal plans for young kids, older children and vegetarians too. No-one need go hungry if the cook does his or her stuff. Once you look at the recipes you will be impressed with the sheer range of those available and many of these would also be suitable for the home kitchen or backyard too. Even some of the simpler fare such as Ricotta and Strawberry Croissants and Toffee Apple Crêpes will soon get you dribbling! The recipes seem easy to follow and certainly do not seek to take a large chunk out of your holiday with preparation and cooking. Plus marks are given for the book featuring both imperial and metric weights and measures (something simple, yet often overlooked) and a good but concise index at the back. A lot has been crammed into this little book without it impacting unduly on its design or "user-friendliness". If you are not thinking of going into the wilds (!) then this book probably does not shine for you but it might still be worth a browse at a bookseller's as if you find a few "new" recipes for your arsenal it could be a good buy. If you are making plans to load up the rucksack and do some outdoor cookery away from home it would be certainly one book to consider as part of your "pre-trip" planning. Family Camping Cookbook, written by Tiff & Jim Easton and published by Duncan Baird Publishers. ISBN 9781848990081, 176 pages. Typical price: GBP11. YYYY. // This review appeared in YUM.fi and is reproduced here in full with permission of YUM.fi. YUM.fi celebrates the worldwide diversity of food and drink, as presented through the humble book. Whether you call it a cookery book, cook book, recipe book or something else (in the language of your choice) YUM will provide you with news and reviews of the latest books on the marketplace. //

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth B

    As someone who took her kids camping before they even hit the one year mark, I can say I've had over a decade camping with kids. We are big outdoors people and hiking, camping and backpacking are how we spend almost every free weekend we have. From the standard fare of hot dogs and campfire cobbler to even the range of dehydrated backpacking foods we have tried it all so I was excited to see a new cookbook dedicated specifically to camping with kids. Unfortunately, I found the recipes in this As someone who took her kids camping before they even hit the one year mark, I can say I've had over a decade camping with kids. We are big outdoors people and hiking, camping and backpacking are how we spend almost every free weekend we have. From the standard fare of hot dogs and campfire cobbler to even the range of dehydrated backpacking foods we have tried it all so I was excited to see a new cookbook dedicated specifically to camping with kids. Unfortunately, I found the recipes in this not at all family friendly. If you are car camping only and have access to a large, specialty grocery this may work for you. The recipes include lots of fresh ingredients and fall into the "fresh market" mentality for the most part. Which is fine at home but is not realistic if you are camping for anything longer than a weekend. Perhaps these recipes are doable with an RV but tent campers will find these recipes difficult to manage. We tried several of the recipes out at home and the few we tried were delicious. However, there were only a handful of recipes with kid friendly ingredients (and my kids are by no means picky eaters as our camping days have easily taught them to eat just about anything). I think the recipes are good but perhaps the book is misdirected. Labeling it for market fresh camping (which would appeal to the young, energetic granola crowd) or RV campers specifically would be more direct. Or even just a new approach to weekend cooking at home would be a legitimate use for the title. However, as it is currently marketed for family campers I found the book a disappointment. ARC Galley Proof

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sara Thompson

    Not sure I would recommend this book as much as Camp Cooking in the Wild but there is merit to owning this book. I like that the Eastons included information on how to incorporate foraged foods. To me, thats a big plus because I love to forage. Their recipes are far more simple, as well, which is nice when you are cooking with children. I like that they offer menus with shopping lists to make preparation super simple. Not only that but they offer different menus based on age. They even offer a Not sure I would recommend this book as much as Camp Cooking in the Wild but there is merit to owning this book. I like that the Easton’s included information on how to incorporate foraged foods. To me, that’s a big plus because I love to forage. Their recipes are far more simple, as well, which is nice when you are cooking with children. I like that they offer menus with shopping lists to make preparation super simple. Not only that but they offer different menus based on age. They even offer a vegetarian alternative. The book is broken up into environments such as the beach or the woods. While much of the food is easy to prepare – they encourage a wide range of flavors and styles of cooking. I never thought about grilling a butterflied leg of lamb while camping but I love the idea. The more I look at the recipes the more I love this book. I love ethnic food and this book is full of kid friendly foreign foods that we can make while out on vacation or adapt to make at home.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anastacia

    I got this book for free from netgalley, in exchange for a review. I don't usually review cookbooks, but as my family is avid campers, I couldn't resist. And was promptly very disappointed. The book markets itself as a family cookbook, but I don't know of one kid who'd like anything from the book. There were only a few things that looked interesting for me as an adult. Second of all, the list of needed utensils & ingredients were absolutely ridiciously for anyone actually camping, unless I got this book for free from netgalley, in exchange for a review. I don't usually review cookbooks, but as my family is avid campers, I couldn't resist. And was promptly very disappointed. The book markets itself as a family cookbook, but I don't know of one kid who'd like anything from the book. There were only a few things that looked interesting for me as an adult. Second of all, the list of needed utensils & ingredients were absolutely ridiciously for anyone actually camping, unless maybe you had a $100,000 RV. We don't. Third of all, when I'm on vacation, I'm not interested in spending an hour hunting down exotic, fresh ingredients. I'm interested in, you know, actually visiting the area I'm staying in, & then have a quick meal at the campsite at the end of the day. The only reason why I did give this two stars is I do like the fact that it's divided up into chapters, & the photography was lovely, though on my kindle 3, probably not as lovely as the original color photography would have been.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    I think that this is quite an interesting book, but a lot of the recipes require lots of fresh ingredients which may not be available when camping, also most of the dishes seem to be cooked on a barbecue rather than a gas stove. I think the lists at the beginning are quite a good basis for a checklist to make sure that you have everything before setting out.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Wittenberg

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lady

  11. 5 out of 5

    Laura Pickworth

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dodge Jackson

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mr M D Lane

  14. 5 out of 5

    Will

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mrs R

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sinead

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Copeman

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kit Feral

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shirley Ann Duncan

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rowan

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kate Tye

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sherrill

  25. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Richards

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gemma

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mrs C Watley

  28. 5 out of 5

    Edel

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mrs

  30. 4 out of 5

    IAN E HEMMENS

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