The Family Camp Cookbook
By Emily Vikre
2022 • Harvard Common Press
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!
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