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Bad cooking ruins more camping tripsAmericas most popular outdoor vacation activitythan anything else except rain. The Great American Camping Cookbook offers the delectable remedy: a camp cooks guide to the fresh, natural comfort foods of the good old days. Whether your camp is a civilized weekend cottage, a rustic hunting or fishing cabin, or a primitive canoeing or Bad cooking ruins more camping trips—America’s most popular outdoor vacation activity—than anything else except rain. The Great American Camping Cookbook offers the delectable remedy: a camp cook’s guide to the fresh, natural “comfort foods” of the good old days. Whether your camp is a civilized weekend cottage, a rustic hunting or fishing cabin, or a primitive canoeing or backpacking bivouac, this book can help anyone make meals as vibrant as the outdoors itself. Start the day with Wild Rice Pancakes or fresh-baked Cornmeal Blueberry Biscuits. Sit down to a classic shore lunch of Beer-Battered Smallmouth, Campfire Potatoes and Hush Puppies, or simple sorrel-stuffed trout. On rainy days, simmer up a pot of real Corn Chowder or Camp-Style Bean Soup. For memorable main courses, serve up a substantial Modernized Brunswick Stew, Blackened Yellow Perch, or Sautéed Walleye with wild rice and mushrooms. For side dishes, try fresh Camp-Baked Beans, spit-roasted Acorn Squash, or Sand-Baked Potatoes. Then savor a legendary Hot Buttered Rum or Camp Old-Fashioned as a nightcap. In addition to recipes, The Great American Camping Cookbook offers a wealth of easy-to-follow advice on making perfect camp coffee and camp breads, calculating food portions, and composing provisions lists to assure variety and avoid forgotten essentials. The colorful history of American camp food and cooking—from the Jamestown settlement, Lewis and Clark, and Daniel Boone to Ernest Hemingway and John McPhee—adds fascinating lore to this essential guide to eating well in the great outdoors.


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Bad cooking ruins more camping tripsAmericas most popular outdoor vacation activitythan anything else except rain. The Great American Camping Cookbook offers the delectable remedy: a camp cooks guide to the fresh, natural comfort foods of the good old days. Whether your camp is a civilized weekend cottage, a rustic hunting or fishing cabin, or a primitive canoeing or Bad cooking ruins more camping trips—America’s most popular outdoor vacation activity—than anything else except rain. The Great American Camping Cookbook offers the delectable remedy: a camp cook’s guide to the fresh, natural “comfort foods” of the good old days. Whether your camp is a civilized weekend cottage, a rustic hunting or fishing cabin, or a primitive canoeing or backpacking bivouac, this book can help anyone make meals as vibrant as the outdoors itself. Start the day with Wild Rice Pancakes or fresh-baked Cornmeal Blueberry Biscuits. Sit down to a classic shore lunch of Beer-Battered Smallmouth, Campfire Potatoes and Hush Puppies, or simple sorrel-stuffed trout. On rainy days, simmer up a pot of real Corn Chowder or Camp-Style Bean Soup. For memorable main courses, serve up a substantial Modernized Brunswick Stew, Blackened Yellow Perch, or Sautéed Walleye with wild rice and mushrooms. For side dishes, try fresh Camp-Baked Beans, spit-roasted Acorn Squash, or Sand-Baked Potatoes. Then savor a legendary Hot Buttered Rum or Camp Old-Fashioned as a nightcap. In addition to recipes, The Great American Camping Cookbook offers a wealth of easy-to-follow advice on making perfect camp coffee and camp breads, calculating food portions, and composing provisions lists to assure variety and avoid forgotten essentials. The colorful history of American camp food and cooking—from the Jamestown settlement, Lewis and Clark, and Daniel Boone to Ernest Hemingway and John McPhee—adds fascinating lore to this essential guide to eating well in the great outdoors.

36 review for The Great American Camping Cookbook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Interesting history but not very useful recipes for the car camper!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Liesl

    The best camping cookbook. Full of stories, facts as well as recipes. I've made them at home when we're not camping because we all enjoy them so much.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Liz Ohlhausen

    This was an enjoyable read. Every other camping cookbook I checked out from the library imagined I would be leaving for camp directly from home, or that I would have a detailed meal plan so I would know ahead exactly how much of each ingredient I would need, or that I would have access to equipment that I'd need for just one meal. I could see us running out of food, bringing way too much, or having everything I brought spoil on the first day. This book included some interesting history about This was an enjoyable read. Every other camping cookbook I checked out from the library imagined I would be leaving for camp directly from home, or that I would have a detailed meal plan so I would know ahead exactly how much of each ingredient I would need, or that I would have access to equipment that I'd need for just one meal. I could see us running out of food, bringing way too much, or having everything I brought spoil on the first day. This book included some interesting history about what armies, miners, and cowboys ate, and that made planning to eat while on the road much more conceptually accessible. I remember when I first noticed I could cook a good meal after a long day at work without stopping at the store to pick up special ingredients, and the first time I made something without really knowing what it would be from the outset. After reading this book, I feel like I can handle that in a camp environment!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marjanne

    This book was great and not your average cookbook. I really enjoyed how the author discussed how food was prepared outside back when there was no other option. There were great hints, stories, 'grub lists', etc. I also appreciated that there was a lot of emphasis on using natural, whole foods for camping rather than freeze-dried food, canned food, etc. I am looking forward to trying some of the recipes!

  5. 4 out of 5

    annebeth

    Pretty meat heavy, which I expected. But then I felt challenged to alter the recipe/grub list to be vegetarian. Fun brief history of cooking outdoors in the US. Did feel inspired to try some new stuff the next time we car camp or go backpacking. Felt strong desire to map out backpacking trip for this summer, especially with subzero temps and wind chills outside.

  6. 5 out of 5

    LaDawn

    Amusing anecdotes but useless for meals to make whilst camping with my family. It is entirely aimed at the U.S. market.

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