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Forget freeze-dried astronaut meals and bags of stale, store-bought gorp. Finally, here’s a cookbook that complements the magic of gathering around a campfire and sharing a meal with friends. From the IACP Award–winning authors of The Picnic, which brought taste and style to eating outdoors (in the daytime), comes its companion, for leaving civilization behind and dining u Forget freeze-dried astronaut meals and bags of stale, store-bought gorp. Finally, here’s a cookbook that complements the magic of gathering around a campfire and sharing a meal with friends. From the IACP Award–winning authors of The Picnic, which brought taste and style to eating outdoors (in the daytime), comes its companion, for leaving civilization behind and dining under the stars. A mix of dishes to make ahead and meals to cook on-site, The Campout Cookbook includes more than 75 recipes for wood-fired skillet pizzas; backcountry stews and chilies; fire-roasted vegetables and cast-iron breads; unexpected dips, jerkies, and high-energy bars; breakfasts to satisfy that yawning hunger that comes from sleeping in the fresh air; s’mores, of course (including Vanilla Bean Dream Marshmallows & Co. and Dark Chocolate Raspberry Caramel Fire-Ban S’mores); and cocktails, coolers, warm libations for chilly nights, and a Blood Orange Bug Juice. Plus there’s inspiration and know-how for every avid camper and enthusiastic neophyte: How to find a suitable campsite and build a campfire specifically for cooking over, and how to keep it going. Stargazing for city slickers. A troubleshooting guide. And the definitive packing list and camp kitchen essentials. Just add a few scary stories for a truly memorable campout.  


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Forget freeze-dried astronaut meals and bags of stale, store-bought gorp. Finally, here’s a cookbook that complements the magic of gathering around a campfire and sharing a meal with friends. From the IACP Award–winning authors of The Picnic, which brought taste and style to eating outdoors (in the daytime), comes its companion, for leaving civilization behind and dining u Forget freeze-dried astronaut meals and bags of stale, store-bought gorp. Finally, here’s a cookbook that complements the magic of gathering around a campfire and sharing a meal with friends. From the IACP Award–winning authors of The Picnic, which brought taste and style to eating outdoors (in the daytime), comes its companion, for leaving civilization behind and dining under the stars. A mix of dishes to make ahead and meals to cook on-site, The Campout Cookbook includes more than 75 recipes for wood-fired skillet pizzas; backcountry stews and chilies; fire-roasted vegetables and cast-iron breads; unexpected dips, jerkies, and high-energy bars; breakfasts to satisfy that yawning hunger that comes from sleeping in the fresh air; s’mores, of course (including Vanilla Bean Dream Marshmallows & Co. and Dark Chocolate Raspberry Caramel Fire-Ban S’mores); and cocktails, coolers, warm libations for chilly nights, and a Blood Orange Bug Juice. Plus there’s inspiration and know-how for every avid camper and enthusiastic neophyte: How to find a suitable campsite and build a campfire specifically for cooking over, and how to keep it going. Stargazing for city slickers. A troubleshooting guide. And the definitive packing list and camp kitchen essentials. Just add a few scary stories for a truly memorable campout.  

30 review for The Campout Cookbook: Inspired Recipes for Cooking Around the Fire and Under the Stars

  1. 4 out of 5

    Robin Bonne

    It is currently the middle of winter, but reading this book made me wish it was summertime so I could go camping. With a few fun illustrations, this guide has complied a lot of fun content. Some of my favorite sections were the car games, lighting fires, using dutch ovens, 99 ways to use a thermos, the section on averting camping crisis, camp cookery list, and the packing list. I looked through the recipes, and they are seemingly great options for camping if you bring a cooler and do some prep b It is currently the middle of winter, but reading this book made me wish it was summertime so I could go camping. With a few fun illustrations, this guide has complied a lot of fun content. Some of my favorite sections were the car games, lighting fires, using dutch ovens, 99 ways to use a thermos, the section on averting camping crisis, camp cookery list, and the packing list. I looked through the recipes, and they are seemingly great options for camping if you bring a cooler and do some prep beforehand. I am looking forward to trying some on my next camping trip. The Forest Fondue was, in my opinion, the most clever recipe. Of course, the s’more wasn’t forgotten, and there is a chart featuring different types. This book would make a good gift for someone who is going on their first camping trip. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an unbiased review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Literary Soirée

    SO MUCH S’MORE This spectacular book is so much more than I ever expected! It’s the elegant evening companion to The Picnic, the award-winning cookbook by the same authors. This one boasts 75 delish recipes — all cocktails and hot libations, fire-roasted vegetables, wood-fired skillet pizzas, hearty stews and chilies. Even campfire standards like s’mores done up right with dark chocolate, raspberries and caramel. Can you even imagine? And not to be outdone by the recipes alone are these imaginati SO MUCH S’MORE This spectacular book is so much more than I ever expected! It’s the elegant evening companion to The Picnic, the award-winning cookbook by the same authors. This one boasts 75 delish recipes — all cocktails and hot libations, fire-roasted vegetables, wood-fired skillet pizzas, hearty stews and chilies. Even campfire standards like s’mores done up right with dark chocolate, raspberries and caramel. Can you even imagine? And not to be outdone by the recipes alone are these imaginative extras, per the publisher’s note: SCARY STORIES! “How to find a suitable campsite and build a campfire specifically for cooking over, and how to keep it going. Stargazing for city slickers. A troubleshooting guide. And the definitive packing list and camp kitchen essentials. Just add a few scary stories for a truly memorable campout.” GLOWING Plus that cover that glows like embers. 5/5 Stars ‘though I’d love to grant it so many s’more! 😉 Pub Date 29 May 2018 Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the ARC. Opinions are mine. #TheCampoutCookbook #NetGalley

  3. 5 out of 5

    KC

    A beautifully illustrated and thoroughly enjoyable cookbook even for those who don't camp.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Corinna

    This is a gorgeous book- the illustrations are so so lovely and match the spunky, "can do it" tone. This would be a great gift for first time campers, but definitely sets high (and maybe very unmanageable) expectations for the camping culinary experience high. I picked this book up at the library in Hope's I could bring it into my classroom for our yearly camping trip planning. There are great tips in addition to the recipes!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kris Rafferty

    Some familiar favorites (chili, biscuits, fried fish) and some new ideas (jello shots, cinnamon rolls, and Mexican recipes.) Relatively complicated recipes make me think this is for a cook that doesn't mind spending most of their day in camp in the camp kitchen, and kids aren't involved, or the kids are willing to eat "adult" food. While everyone is canoeing and hiking, the cook is kneading dough, etc. If you expect meals that are quick and pre-prepared, this isn't the cookbook, but wow, these r Some familiar favorites (chili, biscuits, fried fish) and some new ideas (jello shots, cinnamon rolls, and Mexican recipes.) Relatively complicated recipes make me think this is for a cook that doesn't mind spending most of their day in camp in the camp kitchen, and kids aren't involved, or the kids are willing to eat "adult" food. While everyone is canoeing and hiking, the cook is kneading dough, etc. If you expect meals that are quick and pre-prepared, this isn't the cookbook, but wow, these recipes are mouthwatering, inventive and I'd love to bring someone along to prepare these meals while I"m having fun at camp. Since that's not going to happen, I'm cooking them in my kitchen. At home. Favorites: Chorizo Skillet Nachos (ahhhhh, so good!) Figgy Pecan Crackers and whipped feta. Surprisingly easy! And Yum. Cast Iron Dutch Baby with Grilled Peaches is my kids favorite.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Leigh R

    I do a lot of cooking and still thought most of the recipes were too complex for camping, especially with kids. They require a fair amount of ingredients (or access to a farmer's market) and/or prepwork before leaving. Maybe others will enjoy it, but my family needs things that come together a little more quickly and easily.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    As I am an avid reader, but not too keen on camping, I gave this book to my Scoutmaster and master camp cook husband to review. The following is his review. For my part, I enjoyed the drawings and tasted the recipes he tried from the book. They were terrific! This is an excellent book that just happens to be a cookbook. It will satisfy the newcomer to preparing meals in the out of doors to those hearty souls that do that sort of thing on a regular basis. The authors obviously have many years of As I am an avid reader, but not too keen on camping, I gave this book to my Scoutmaster and master camp cook husband to review. The following is his review. For my part, I enjoyed the drawings and tasted the recipes he tried from the book. They were terrific! This is an excellent book that just happens to be a cookbook. It will satisfy the newcomer to preparing meals in the out of doors to those hearty souls that do that sort of thing on a regular basis. The authors obviously have many years of experience and offer tips that only those that have learned them the hard way would know to pass along. A thorough packing list is provided, should that be needed to get you started, or to complete your existing cook set. Throughout the book are whimsical cartoon drawings and humorous anecdotes. The authors also provide items to keep you entertained around the campfire and activities to help make the entire outing enjoyable. The recipes offered cover every meal of the day as well as snacks for extra excursions between meals. Taking your dog? Treats for them are provided too. The first recipe that jumped out to me was the Bulgogi Beef Jerky. As a regular consumer of jerky and someone that makes his own on occasion, my taste buds began to dance as I read the ingredient list for this one. The flavor was subtle, not overpowering as one might expect. This was a very enjoyable treat during a hike after making some. Next up was one of my favorite meals, pork chops. I made the Bone-in Pork Chops with Fresh Sage, Onions and Apples during a winter campout. I should have brought enough to make a double batch as everyone wanted at least seconds. The flavors were bright, and married together perfectly. It will become a staple in my rotation of regular recipes to make on campouts. What I like most about this book is the variety of cooking methods offered. From foil wrapped to skillet to dutch oven, there is something for everyone. Simple instructions for each recipe will give confidence to attempt them, especially for the beginner. I couldn't give this cookbook a higher recommendation. A copy of this book was provided by NetGalley and Artisan Books in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    First of all, any book that contains TWELVE s'mores variations is automatically my new favorite. Let's just get that out of the way right now. That said, this is possibly the most charming book on camping that's ever been created. The title is both misleading and not -- there are recipes here that make me want to hit the nearest campsite immediately, for sure, but there's also a WEALTH of information on camping in general, all in wittily-written, easily-digestible (see what I did there?) bites. E First of all, any book that contains TWELVE s'mores variations is automatically my new favorite. Let's just get that out of the way right now. That said, this is possibly the most charming book on camping that's ever been created. The title is both misleading and not -- there are recipes here that make me want to hit the nearest campsite immediately, for sure, but there's also a WEALTH of information on camping in general, all in wittily-written, easily-digestible (see what I did there?) bites. Everything from identifying plants that will make you uncomfortable to games you can play around a campfire. Need I even mention the section full of camp-friendly booze? Oh, but yes. It's there. The illustrations are also amazing. The illustrator did an amazing job here. If the s'mores variations hadn't already compelled me to order a physical copy of this book, the illustrations would have tossed me over the edge. It's just a great, practical book, with drool-worthy recipes almost as a bonus. (Netgalley gave me a preview copy of this, btw. I would've bought it anyway.)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    I picked this book up from the library, and I liked it so much, I decided to buy it! I have gone camping any number of times in my life, from damp, February beach campouts with my family on the Lost Coast of California, to backpacking in the George Washington National Forest. I've been trying to get back into car camping, and I was looking for inspiration to get some stuff cooked for our upcoming trip that isn't just pouring water into a pouch to heat it up. I think I remember seeing an excerpt o I picked this book up from the library, and I liked it so much, I decided to buy it! I have gone camping any number of times in my life, from damp, February beach campouts with my family on the Lost Coast of California, to backpacking in the George Washington National Forest. I've been trying to get back into car camping, and I was looking for inspiration to get some stuff cooked for our upcoming trip that isn't just pouring water into a pouch to heat it up. I think I remember seeing an excerpt of this book in Bon Appetit, and I was a little dubious to just shell money out, as often these things are impractical. However, I noticed that the library had a copy to lend, so I checked it out. It's a great little book, with a lot of great illustrations and a great assortment of interesting looking recipes. I haven't tried them YET, but I plan on doing so soon. And, as I said, I liked it so much that I decided that it was worth paying the $14. This is for sure oriented towards car camping, verging on glamping. There are a few kid friendly recipes, but there's also an entire chapter devoted to alcohol. Only other drawback is that it is for sure West Coast oriented. I cannot tell you how tough it is to find Tri Tip in Connecticut!

  10. 5 out of 5

    (a)lyss(a)

    This book isn't quite what I expected. For the recipes there aren't any pictures, just little drawings for each. And while some of the recipes sound really good they require a lot of work and pre-prep and this is coming from someone who has cooked ribs for 15 people while camping. There's some ingredients listed that aren't available everywhere and I don't know anyone who is spending time at their campsite grinding spices. There's also nothing about how coffee grinds attract bears and can be dang This book isn't quite what I expected. For the recipes there aren't any pictures, just little drawings for each. And while some of the recipes sound really good they require a lot of work and pre-prep and this is coming from someone who has cooked ribs for 15 people while camping. There's some ingredients listed that aren't available everywhere and I don't know anyone who is spending time at their campsite grinding spices. There's also nothing about how coffee grinds attract bears and can be dangerous while camping and while they talk about how to safely bring your dog camping it doesn't talk about how having leashed pets can also be dangerous if they're attacked by something or get stuck, which is why many national parks don't allow pets. Overall it felt like this book wasn't as thorough as I was hoping.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    The Campout Cookbook by Marnie Hanel & Jen Stevenson is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early June. Beautiful, visible brush-stroke graphics amid witty subheaders, helpful and cute tips & timewasters, and, obviously, recipes for snacks, sides, salads, main course, desserts, drinks, and breakfast.  My favorite recipes are for GORP, smoked trout spread, corn on the cob with chili lime butter, chorizo skillet nachos, their suggestions for chili 5-ways, dutch oven roast chicken, four-cheese fen The Campout Cookbook by Marnie Hanel & Jen Stevenson is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early June. Beautiful, visible brush-stroke graphics amid witty subheaders, helpful and cute tips & timewasters, and, obviously, recipes for snacks, sides, salads, main course, desserts, drinks, and breakfast.  My favorite recipes are for GORP, smoked trout spread, corn on the cob with chili lime butter, chorizo skillet nachos, their suggestions for chili 5-ways, dutch oven roast chicken, four-cheese fennel and lamb bolognese lasagna (*drool*), mountaineer's meuniere, Isle Royale hot dogs, s'mores galore x12 (with many cookie/sauce combos), Camp-Ari cup Jell-O shots, and buttermilk skillet biscuits. 

  12. 4 out of 5

    Martha

    This is not quite glamping but it is also not wilderness camping. Take the car and don't park to far away from your chosen site. Carrying that cast iron skillet will be tiresome. Both authors are accomplished writers of food and travel camping. Recipes are quite industrious. Much information is provided to make your trip to enjoy nature a great success. Suggestions on what to pack and how to do it efficiently. My favorite tip was to use the ring from a mason jar in for frying a perfectly round e This is not quite glamping but it is also not wilderness camping. Take the car and don't park to far away from your chosen site. Carrying that cast iron skillet will be tiresome. Both authors are accomplished writers of food and travel camping. Recipes are quite industrious. Much information is provided to make your trip to enjoy nature a great success. Suggestions on what to pack and how to do it efficiently. My favorite tip was to use the ring from a mason jar in for frying a perfectly round egg. I also like the idea of using a tackle box for carrying spices and other small food prep necessities. More than you would ever expect from a camping cookbook........................

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This has some great recipes in it, but there is 100% no way any of them are do-able, actual camping-appropriate recipes. Anyone who takes a melon baller camping needs to check their definitions. The amount of stuff they suggest is truly ridiculous. Plenty of the recipes would be great for summer, grilling, and maybe even picnicking. But camping? Not a chance. I also found the writing style very off-putting: too cutesy-frou-frou, too fake buddy-buddy. Annoying.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cat

    Where was this book back in my camping days? Campers will enjoy this book. lots of good ideas, practical suggestions, recipes galore, etc... I think much of it might even come in handy when cooking out, especially the recipes! The illustrations were cute, but it could have used some photos as well. nice gift for campers!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Pixie

    Truthfully, I doubt we will go camping, but I sure enjoyed reading about it. Call it aspirational or fantasy. It's not just recipes; it's how-tos so you feel that if you followed their advice you could camp successfully. Cute illustrations, and I love the look and feel of the cover. Of course, you could make the recipes at home too.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Celina

    The recipes are way over the top—I draw the line at chopping vegetables or herbs at the campsite—but the can-do spirit of the book still inspired me to step up my camp cooking game a little next time. The general tips on everything from organizing the camp kitchen to car games for the drive in are well worth the reading time.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Peipert

    This was a hard review because there was so much I loved about this book but there were some missteps that I felt were pretty critical. +beautiful illustrations +mouth watering recipes +very well written directions and supplemental content -no images -cumbersome recipes

  18. 4 out of 5

    Hanabi Tensaki

    While this book had some nice tips and funny little inserts, this book is geared towards those campers who can waste $500 on "The ultimate camp kitchen" and $100 on a "collapsible trolley". The recipes in it are also geared towards those with money to spend on higher end ingredients.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    I really enjoyed looking through this beautiful cookbook (the illustrations are so cute!), but the recipes are definitely too complex for the type of camping my friends and I do. We might give some of the s'mores variations a shot though!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Welch

    Recipes for home and away Most of these recipes would perfectly at home or around the campfire. The clever tone of the writing and the lovely art throughout the book give a friendly demeanor to the book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Ann

    This is my definitive shee shee foo foo camping book. Love the illustrations and variations on a theme such as s'mores. Many practical tips for packing and cooler preparation. Might have to be a purchase for next summer - if we have a next summer and camping as normal.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Calista Martin

    Fun to read, good ideas.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This is gourmet outdoor cooking for sure, but most recipes require more advance prep than I want to devote to a camping trip.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Love & Flour

    A fun book - full of recipes and camping tips!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cari Sly

    This book has awesome ideas for camping.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brianna Sowinski

    Will I ever be one of these perfectionist foodie campers? No. No I will not. I am extremely impressed with those who are though!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Loved this for inspired design, cute lists and a desire to go camping despite having not slept under canvas in 20 years.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    Bring the basics but pack heavy." "The definitive packing list, clever camping hacks, scouting your spot, tricks and tips, and a dozen different types of smores."

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jena

    Way too complicated. Perhaps this is the Glampout Cookbook. I like to camp with pizzazz and good food but this just exhausts me. That said - I do love the idea of a tacklebox pantry

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    some great ideas of organizing cooking when camping - a range of recipes and lots of great practical ideas.

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