From quick snacks to meals you can savor around the campfire, The Family Camp Cookbook helps families plan, pack, and cook great food in the great outdoors.
Easy, delicious, family-friendly recipes to cook at your next campout-whether that's in the woods or in your own backyard!
The Family Camp Cookbook is a book for everyone who enjoys cooking and eating outdoors. Whether you need to learn how to pack your first cooler or you're looking for kid-friendly recipes to enjoy after a day spent outdoors, you'll learn how to plan, prep, and cook as a family when you don't have the comforts of a full kitchen. Start out by learning how to build a fire easily at your campsite, or use the "sure-fire" guides for mastering any grill. With planning lists and prep steps for the recipes, you'll quickly go from unpacking to firing up your first meal. The recipes inside include a wide variety of updated camp classics and dishes you'd never have thought to cook at camp. Cooking techniques range from live-fire roasting and foil-pack cooking to family-style dinners in the Dutch oven. (Yes, you can almost "set it and forget it" like a slow cooker if you know what you're doing!)
Chapters and recipes include:
- Breakfasts cover a whole range of options to start the day right, like make-ahead granola, the best camp pancakes (with topping bar!), Dutch oven coffee cake and biscuits, kid-friendly frittata, chilaquiles, and a tater tot breakfast burrito.
- Lunches and packables: If you're camping, chances are the mid-day meal is fuel away from the campsite. (These ideas are also great for day trips and picnics!). Recipes feature a variety of handhelds like tortillas, farmer's lunch sandwiches, and curried chickpea salad pitas as well as easy-to-eat salads and soups and a few trail mixes and snacks to eat by the handful.
- Dinners: Ah, the main event after a hard day of hiking, paddling, or whatever else floats your boat (or inner tube). Settle in with DIY ramen bowls, one-pan picadillo, naan pizzas and pudgy pie pizzas, Italian sausage burgers, loaded foil-baked sweet potatoes, or a skillet lasagna, among other options.
- Treats: Break out the loaded s'mores, but don't stop there! Build a banana boat, fire up a dutch oven cake, or treat everyone to a campfire cobbler or cracker crust pudding pie.
Of course, there's nothing quite like waking up in the woods…unless you don't know how to make camp coffee. Not to worry: tasty (and essential) beverages are included as well, from that rustic cowboy cup of caffeine to restorative fruit punches. There are even a few cocktails for the adults to enjoy by the fire a little later in the evening. No matter the size of your group or the time you have to spare, make your next adventure a delicious one!
Emily Vikre is a native Duluthian who holds a PhD in food policy and behavioral theory from Tufts University. She is co-founder and co-owner of Vikre Distillery, which has been named best craft spirits distillery by USA Today. They have also won a slew of technical awards: a gold and five silvers at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition; gold, silver, and bronze awards from the American Craft Distiller's Association; silvers and bronze from the American Distilling Institute; and two Good Food awards in 2018. A nationally recognized food and drinks writer, Emily is the author of Camp Cocktails and has been a regular columnist for Food52, and has written for Lucky Peach, Minnesota Public Radio, and Norwegian American Weekly.
Quick & easy recipes
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