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The Real Family Camping Cookbook

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    Some of our favorites

    It's great to have all this knowledge in one nicely written book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2011

    gourmet campfire cookery for the digital age

    Da Silva's ecookbook for family camping is not only practical and filled with fun recipes, but entertaining too!

    Some of the recipes have intriguing titles: Egg in an Orange, Wormy Apple, Glop. There is also abundant helpful advice: Don't use a real worm (Wormy Apple), allow for your first pancake to be a dud (Apple Pancakes), and cool the make-at-home granola before packing or it will be one big chunk.

    Who can resist making a grilled cheese sandwich "even more thrilling" by adding curry powder? I was so pleased to encounter this simple recipe, because I have long been in the habit of adding curry powder to so many things - scrambled eggs, tuna salad - yet it has never occurred to me before to add it to grilled cheese. Mmm!

    There are recipes for every taste and every level of expertise. A few call for store-bought biscuit dough, for instance; and one requires two cups of ketchup. Then there are the more challenging recipes-in which the cook must clean, gut, and scale a whole fish before starting to prepare the meal; and those that will certainly appeal to the gourmet palate-linguine with clam sauce, oxtail stew ("for the grownups"), roasted vegetables (ditto), and grilled asparagus.

    And, in case you need a "reason" to eat stuffing, several recipes can provide one.

    Each recipe is garnished with a literary quote ranging from A.A. Milne to J.R.R. Tolkien. It's like having a bibliography to download and bring along on your camping trip as well!

    Check out da Silva's blog, too, for more tips about what to pack and how.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2011

    Fun and tasty

    I haven't been camping in years but I since I decided to try it out again this summer I'm so gladvi found this book. Looking through it reminded me of some of my old favorites and I saw some things I am looking forward to trying out. The recipes are clear and easy to understand and make the idea of cooking outdoors seem healthy, fun, and easy. Now it won't just be baked bean and hotdogs every night.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    "Like licking the floor of heaven"

    "Like licking the floor of heaven"

    The first thing I do when I pick up a new book, is read through the table of contents. This book had me in its grasp immediately. The names of the dishes alone should make yo want the book: Eggs in a Baggie, Eggs Mc(Insert Your Family Name Here), Wormy Apple, Grilled Peanut Butter, Glop and Ice Cream in a Can are just a few that made me want to build a fire my back yard and get cooking.

    The book is like the best kind of kids' movie. It is playful, fun and hilarious, but has plenty in it for adults. I imagine having a great meal of "Spider Dogs" and then, when the kids are asleep, chewing over some of the many quotes from the likes of George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde, who wrote, "I have met many hard-boiled eggs in my time, but you're twenty minutes." Ha!

    In addition to all of the fun, there's real practical help here too. For instance, the fact that it can be brought along electronically is fabulous (although I imagine there will be egg-y fingerprints to wipe off when I get home). The meal plans in the back (with snacks) mean that I can make my shopping list and not be totally stumped when I get to wherever we're camping.

    The best thing about this book, though, is that it feels like a friend has typed up all of her family's favorite recipes and sent them just to you. There is no fussiness, no showing off about making meringues over a double-boiler. These recipes are real, for real people at real camping grounds. DaSilva writes in one recipe to add some shredded cheese "or little pieces of cream cheese." Yay! No more shame at substituting what's on hand. Make if fun, make it yummy, and do it with whatever you can get your hands on.

    As DaSilva wrote about her recipe for Biscuits, Eggs and Gravy, it's like "licking the floor of heaven." I'm on my way.

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