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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 Fluffy Pancakes (with topping bar!), Dutch Oven Coffee Cake, Skillet Biscuits, kid-friendly Frittata, Chilaquiles, and a Hash Brown 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 such as Farmer’s Lunch Sandwiches and Chickpea Salad with 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, Italian Sausage Burgers, loaded Foil-Baked Sweet Potatoes, or a Skillet "Lasagna," among other options.
- Treats: Break out the S'mores Galores, but don’t stop there! Build a Banana Boat, fire up a Dutch Oven Strawberry 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
About the Author
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 Distillers 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, The Family Camp Cookbook, and New Camp Cookbook Fireside Warmers. She was formerly a regular columnist for Food52 and has written for Lucky Peach, Minnesota Public Radio, and Norwegian American Weekly.