A kitchen as big as the great outdoors!
TITLE: Ultimate Camp Cooking
AUTHOR: Mike Faverman and Pat Mac
PUBLISHER: Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Featured Ingredient: The S’More
I don’t know a campout that’s complete without S’Mores. It is one of the simplest recipes you can make. But, it takes patience and technique to pull off a perfectly melted campfire treat. Graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate. Three ingredients that when combined in just the right proportion and at just the perfect temperature makes a summertime memory like no other.
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It’s a nice size, easily portable. And, has a comfortable, well-worn texture to it. It almost feels like an old Boy Scout handbook. I think the cover may possibly be waterproof. I’m not going to experiment, I’ll leave that to you. The recipes are contained on one or two pages at most. That means there is no need to flip pages to continue a recipe. If you’re actually using this on a camping trip, any recipe that’s more than two pages may be too complicated anyway. I always like to give photo credit. In this case an entire page (p.199) is dedicated to the topic. Go there if you’re interested.
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What You’ll Find Inside (aka Table of Contents)
Ultimate Camp Cooking Basics
Entrees (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Vegetarian)
Soups and Salads
Metric Conversions & Equivalents (Yes, its own chapter!)
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Now to get you in the mood for a campfire makin’, S’more eatin’, good time…
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The Best Of The Book (Our Favorite Recipes)
|Brie Cheese Wrap||Omelet in a Bag|
|Ponderosa Steak Sandwich||Jerk Chicken|
|Chicken Camp Casserole||Chicken Pot Pie|
|Camp Roast||Pulled Pork Taco Bar|
|Beer Brats||Cedar Plank Salmon|
|Pat Mac’s Chili||Monkey Bread|
Are there some recipes that rise above the campfire flame? Indeed there are. The Dutch Oven Benedict (p.38) seems like it would be an awesome start to a day of hiking, fishing or exploring. It’s pretty rich. You’re going to want to move around a little after eating it. A dinner consisting of Drunk’n Flank Steak (p.91) and Dad’s Potatoes (p.142) would be a perfect end to a day in the great outdoors. It’s certainly a BIG upgrade from the typical food you get on a camping trip. Unless, that trip includes an RV of some type and a personal chef. Let’s finish the day off with an individual Camp S’More Pie (p.193). A creative take on a true outdoor classic.
If you’ve never been camping, or cooked outdoors there are some great tips here. The Basics section has ideas for meal planning, packing and camp site cleanup. If you need suggestions on how to handle a bear in your camp, you can quickly flip to page 22-23. You may want to read this section ahead of your trip. My “favorite” feature, the Metric Conversion Table rears its head. In this cookbook it has its very own chapter! The reality is that this time the chart may actually be useful. I’m assuming you’re not bringing the resources of your entire home kitchen out into the wilderness with you. And, there’s a better than even chance you won’t have a cell signal. So, if you have the need to convert, you’re all set. I’m not quite sure what’s up with the Fahrenheit to Celsius to British gas mark table, but, if you happen to be camping in the UK you’re covered. The stories from Mike and Pat make for some entertaining reading. If you’re bored on your camping trip or it’s raining and you’re tent-bound, you’ll have some material.
Ultimate Camp Cooking is a fun read. It’s obvious that the authors enjoy what they’re doing. One look at the cover image and you’ll know that they won’t be taking the subject too seriously. And, as much as the cookbook seems like a novelty, there are some great recipes inside. There are only three appetizers, but there are a ton of main courses. Four vegetarian dishes, but, loads of great sides. It seems like a mix that would work well if you have limited cooking resources. The hardest part to any of these dishes is the cooking process itself. Things are cooked outside and not necessarily grilling. Once you have the fire built, the recipes go together easily. It might not produce five star restaurant food, but, it is certainly five star camping food. Your camp site cuisine will be the envy of all. Your neighbors will be drooling over their box of Cheez-It’s and bag of Dorito’s when they spy your dinner. While you’re finishing off your Stuffed French Toast (p.82), enjoying a beautiful morning, they’ll be looking despondently at their cold Pop-Tart. Sad…
Culinary Expertise Required: 4.5
1= Boiling Water (novice) 10= Liquid Nitrogen (expert)