Simple Foods for the Pack

Simple Foods for the Pack

Book - 2004
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This latest edition of the original--and best--natural foods backpacking cookbook features a wealth of new recipes and mouthwatering classics, as well as the most current information on cooking with today's lightweight foods and high-tech equipment. This unique cookbook brings together the culinary expertise of a Cordon Bleu chef and the wilderness knowledge of a professional backcountry guide to provide more than 180 trail-tested recipes for delicious, natural, and easy-to-prepare meals for backpacking, hiking, and camping.
Since Sierra Club Books published the first edition of Simple Foods for the Pack in 1976, there has been a revolution in backcountry cooking. Today's lightweight stoves and kitchen tools make cooking in the wild easier than ever before. And with the ubiquitous availability of fast-cooking natural foods, the modern adventurer has tasty alternatives to expensive pre-packaged meals.
Focusing on these natural foods and the latest equipment, this newly revised edition offers hikers gourmet taste at every meal--from Oatmeal Hotcakes for breakfast, to homemade "nutrition bars" for the trail, to Beer Fondue back at camp. The wide variety of menus and the expanded guide to planning, packing, and preparing food makes cooking in the backcountry as easy as High Mountain Pie.
Publisher: San Francisco : Sierra Club Books, c2004
Edition: 3rd ed
ISBN: 9781578051106
Branch Call Number: 641.578 AXC 2004 22
Characteristics: xiii, 287 p. : ill
Additional Contributors: Kath, Vikki
Cooke, Diana


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Feb 23, 2016

There are definitely some innovative recipe ideas in this easy to use book. It is geared towards car campers and people who will do short hikes. For the most part it provides recipes that involve some degree of cooking at camp. Thus if you are a long distance backpacker or looking for no cook meals, there is less appeal from this book. Still, the "journey cakes" are delicious no-cook (on the trail) recipes that have high caloric content and taste. Lastly, the authors sometimes use hard-to-find ingredients such as types of seaweed and soy grits, so a reader needs to be willing to 1) search for exotic ingredients, 2) omit them, or 3)take the plunge and purchase rarely used items. In summary, great recipes for a camper / backpacker looking to have a flavorful meal at camp.

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