One of the things that I try to do with my family each year is get out into nature. Not a quick walk around a field but rather to go camping and really commune with the world around us.
Studies show that being in green, natural surroundings makes us less stressed and happier. It’s an energy-boosting tonic for the pace of modern life.
And if you’re going to go camping then you need to get to grips with cooking in the open air. Now, you can cheat and buy a giant BBQ and lug that around with you as you slowly explore the wilderness (slowly – because you’re carrying a ton of cooking equipment with you) or you can get a copy of The Campout Cookbook: Inspired Recipes for Cooking Around the Fire and Under the Stars.
Marnie Hanel and Jen Stevenson won critical acclaim and the IACP award for their previous work on picnic food called… The Picnic. They like straightforward titles!
In The Campout Cookbook they tackle 75 essential recipes that can bring the family together around the campfire in appreciation of good food.
But, there’s more to it than that. The authors recognize that cooking’s not the only thing that many of us need a little help with when we abandon our homes and build temporary ones.
So, they also offer a ton of support on the business of camping itself. How to find the right place to pitch your tent, how to get that campfire going, that sort of thing.
The only thing they failed to supply was the marshmallows for toasting and the torch needed to tell ghost stories late at night with.
Other than that, The Campout Cookbook: Inspired Recipes for Cooking Around the Fire and Under the Stars is the complete guide to family cooking in the great outdoors. We heartily recommend it to any family.
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