Campfire Cuisine Book

Brand: Random House
Manufacturer: Quirk Books
ISBN 1594746281
EAN: 9781594746284
Category: #420992 in Paperback (Camping & RVs)
Price: $15.26  (71 customer reviews)
Dimension: 7.00 x 5.51 x 0.61 inches
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Average Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars
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Finally, here's a guide for people who love good food and the great outdoors. Campfire Cuisine provides more than 100 recipes for delicious, healthy, satisfying meals to make at your campsite or in any outdoor setting. Also included are tips on meal planning, shopping, and choosing the right equipment. Armed with Campfire Cuisine everyone from die-hard foodies to novice cooks will be ready to take on eating well while camping out.


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Top Reviews

Tired of Ramen? Get this book!
by AnneH (5 out of 5 stars)
May 14, 2015

Just got back from a camping trip in Zion national park. We used this book to plan our menus for the entire trip. Have never eaten so well on a camping trip! The pancakes from scratch, grilled chicken and asparagus, and jambalaya were highlights. Not to mention all the easy to make, take-along sandwiches. Everything was quick to make and used just a few ingredients, but with gourmet taste! Excellent lists for packing cooking gear and staples. This book lives in the camping cook box now. One caveat -- you will need a grill to make a lot of the dinner recipes (we took a mini-Weber).
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Eh, more for "glampers"
by rsh09 (3 out of 5 stars)
June 14, 2016

The layout and graphics for the book are beautiful but the recipes are a little impractical for those of us that like to backpack/camp without bringing an entire fridge. I was looking for something that was a little more primitive-friendly. If you want to pretend you're camping and eat some super gourmet food, this is a great book.
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Good book for different approach to camp cooking
by Winter,Top Contributor: Photography (4 out of 5 stars)
April 19, 2012

I have been through the freeze dried food phase in the late 1960's and then to homemade dried foods and then to packing by horse and taking a lot of simple canned goods to be heated over a campfire. Usually meals involved combining at most three ingredients with one usually being water.

This book takes a different approach that is viable for anyone "car camping" with a motor vehicle. The recipes are very easy to follow and an 8 year old would have no problem fixing meals with this book as a guide. Some have complained about how difficult the white on orange sections are to read. I cannot understand this at all as it is as easy to read as any book and it helps to organize the information when you are actually using it to make the dish.

If you even use three of these recipes on your next trip it may stimulate your own creative juices to approach cooking and camp meals as an enjoyable part of the entire experience and not a chore to do as expediently as possible. The author has taken the time tested approaches of master cooks and adapted them to the outdoors and camp cooking. If you hate to cook or think that the Olive Garden is Italian food than this book is not going to be appealing but to those who enjoy a good meal it when camping this is a great book to read and absorb.
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Love it for short trips or bike touring
by Yoli (5 out of 5 stars)
July 11, 2015

We bought this book on a whim, and after several weekend trips we've added the kindle version. It is brilliant, most recipes have a fairly reasonable set of ingredients. It's most appropriate for short trips or bike touring -- too complex and too much reliance on fresh food for longer backpacking trips, it seems to me. But it will be a key part of our trans-am.
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The cookbook that saved the Fourth of July
by Dishy (5 out of 5 stars)
July 5, 2006

San Francisco, July 3, 11:45 p.m.: Warm with summertime spirit and several pints of ale, I spontaneously invited several people over to my apartment for a Fourth of July BBQ.

July 4, 10:45 a.m.: I awoke, panicked and queasy, remembering what I had done. In just three hours and 15 minutes, guests were supposed to be arriving for a party that I had not even begun to plan!

Luckily, I owned a new copy of Robin Donovan's "Campfire Cuisine." I hurried to the supermarket and bought the ingredients for Savory Cheese S'Mores, Chipotle Turkey Burgers, Creole Slaw, Grilled Peach and Arugula Salad and a bag of briquettes. In literally less time than I spent in line at the store, I had prepared a delicious and impressive meal. I just lit the bag of charcoal, threw the food on the grill, turned on Johnny Cash "American V," and I had a fantastic urban holiday meal to share with my friends....simple, creative, delicious and sophisticated. Yeah, I'm sure that Robin Donovans's recipes are equally if not more delicious when cooked in the great outdoors. But why lose your parking space when you can adapt these wonderful recipes to cook at home?
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No camper should be without
by Cori (5 out of 5 stars)
July 16, 2013

We have tried other camping cook books, the last one used bacon for everything. This one is fresh, vegetarian, and easy to use. We have used this every time we have camped this year and turned out some amazing dishes both over the campfire and using our camp oven. The dishes use only fresh ingredients and provide appetizers to desserts. My whole family enjoyed it and that is hard to do with a vegetarian, a pescatarian and a couple of regular eaters in the mix. It steps up camp cooking to haute cuisine and entices us to enjoy bananas foster for breakfast.
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Not really camping specific
by RedDixieCup (1 out of 5 stars)
July 1, 2016

Half the book seems to be sauces, and nothing really particular to camping. So disappointed. Was hoping for nice things to take backpacking but instead I get a recipe for Hoisin sauce, which if I wanted to take camping, I'd just take a little out of the bottle in my fridge.
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Review of Kindle edition
by Amazon Customer (3 out of 5 stars)
May 27, 2016

I bought the paperback edition but wouldn't buy the Kindle edition (I borrowed it from the library), because the Table of Contents is nonfunctional (just blank lines) and there's no index, so it's too hard to find recipes. Maybe they'll fix it. (I like the paperback edition.)
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Eating well outdoors
by K. Cox (5 out of 5 stars)
February 17, 2008

Camping food need not be limited to hot dogs and hamburgers. The recipes in this book are easy, delicious, and a welcome change from boring cookouts. Yes, some of the recipes are more involved than throwing a burger on the grill, but if you plan your menus ahead of time, and prepare simple things like dressings, sauces, and spice mixes ahead of time, it isn't that much more work.

And the little extra effort is worth it - the California grilled cheese sandwiches, for example, are so good I've made them at home on my panini grill. The peanut vegetable dip is addictive. The main dishes are good too - I haven't found a recipe yet I haven't liked.
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Great Cookbook, Poor Color Choice
by M. J. Gibson (4 out of 5 stars)
May 6, 2013

I am impressed with the content of this book in that the recipes are not the usual camp fare but more imaginative with cuisines and tastes from other cultures. The content is just what I was looking for, along with tips and checklists and make-ahead condiments and sauces. The size is compact too, with rounded corners, so that part of the design is good for packing along.

As much as I like the content, however, I am annoyed every time I open it, when I see small print that is white on orange, orange on white, and worst of all, white on light orange with a dark orange background (p. 30-31) where the master list of cooking times is - something that will be referred to outside! Really? In a dim campground? By a campfire? I have a hard time reading it under a good indoor lamp. And the page numbers are impossible to find without a spotlight - tiny orange numbers on a green patterned background. There are some pages with olive green print on white which are a little better, but the designer who chose the print colors should be sentenced to read the entire book aloud by the light of an orange fire below.

I wish they would reprint it so that it can actually be read outside. Designers need to consider where the book will be used.

UPDATE: I just noticed there is a new edition, published April 2013, and it appears to be without the orange from what I can tell in the preview. Hooray.

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