Best Served Wild: Real Food for Real Adventures

Best Served Wild: Real Food for Real Adventures

by Brendan Leonard, Anna Brones
Best Served Wild: Real Food for Real Adventures

Best Served Wild: Real Food for Real Adventures

by Brendan Leonard, Anna Brones


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An Outdoor Cookbook with a Distinctly Refined Palette “Roughing it” doesn’t have to include the food you eat when you’re in the backcountry. Even when you’re miles from a full spice rack and only have a single-burner backpacking stove to work with, you can—and should—eat well. Best Served Wild offers up good backcountry food meant to be shared with friends around an open campfire. Adventure writer Brendan Leonard and food writer Anna Brones team up to bring you veggie-focused recipes for taking your backcountry food game beyond freeze-dried backpacking meals and brick-like energy bars. They share recipes for everything from single day adventures to overnight trips to multi-day outings—real food for real adventures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493028702
Publisher: Falcon Guides
Publication date: 08/15/2017
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Denver-based Brendan Leonard is the creator of, and his writing has appeared in Climbing, Alpinist, Backpacker, Outside, Adventure Cyclist, Sierra, National Geographic Adventure, and dozens of other publications. He is the author of several books, including Sixty Meters to Anywhere, The New American Road Trip Mixtape, Classic Front Range Trad Climbs, and Make It ‘Til You Make It. Anna Brones is the founder of, and her work has been featured in The New York Times, Gadling, GOOD, Women's Adventure, The Guardian, and many other publications. Seattle-based, she is the author of several books, including The Culinary Cyclist, Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break (Ten Speed Press, 2015), Paris Coffee Revolution, and Hello, Bicycle: An Inspired Guide to the Two-Wheeled Life.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Hunger is the Best Seasoning 10

How Using Only One Burner Makes You a Better Cook 15

Single-Day Adventures

Nutella Crepes for Peak Baggers Who Can't Make Crepes 19

Protein Bars That Don't Taste like Chalk 20

The Diminishing Returns of that New Energy Bar Flavor You're Currently Excited About 23

WB & J (Walnut Butter for Walnut Butter and Jelly) 24

Breakfast Burritos You Can Eat for Any Meal 27

Wrapper-less Granola Bars 28

How to Dry Your Own Apples 31

Cool Kids Make their Own Snacks 32

Make Your Own "Nutella" 35

You Don't Need to Measure: An Informed Rant 38

Three-Way Nut Butter 41

Fistful of Mocha Bark 42

Chocolate and Fig Energy Balls 45

Fork-Smashed Hummus 46

Alpine Start Muffins 51

I'm Gonna Go Ahead and Eat this Junk Food On My Vacation 52

Teresa's Balls of Power 55

Mile 5 Iced Coffee 56

Single Espresso Double Chocolate Cookies 59

On the Benefits of an Emergency Chocolate Stash 60

WTF Do We Do with These Banana Fritters? 63

Date Hike-Worthy Red Pepper and Olive Tapenade 64

A Few Notes on Digestion 68

Candy Aisle Almond Butter 71

Overnight Trips

Fig and Orange Buckwheat Porridge 74

Easy Flour Mix So You Can Make Your Own Flatbread While Camping 77

Car Camp Chilaquiles 78

Yes, I'm Going to Brew a Cup of Coffee for Lunch 81

Seven-Can Chili for Six People 82

Knife, Fork, Spork, or Spoon? A Backcountry Dilemma, Solved (In My Opinion) 85

Erik's Canyonlands White Bean Chili 86

Frying Pan French Toast 89

DIY Pancakes with M&M's 90

An Exhaustive Breakdown of Backcountry Coffee-Making Methods 94

Cheddar and Mustard Flatbread Quesadilla 97

Poor Camper's Panini Two Ways 98

The More You Know, the Less You Need Spice Kit 101

Skip the Family Reunion and Go Camping Pasta Salad 103

Campfire Corn on the Cob 104

Aftermarket Modifications for Dehydrated and Freeze-Dried Meals 107

Orange and Raisin Couscous for Scurvy Prevention (Even Though That's Not Really a Thing Anymore) 108

Clean Out the Cooler Vegetable Sauté 111

There's Clean, and There's "Clean Enough": A Word About Backcountry Dishwashing 112

Making Your Own Granola Isn't Rocket Science Granola 115

How to Take Chinese Takeout, Leftover Pizza, and Other Ridiculous Foods into the Outdoors 118

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough You Could Fry but Probably Won't Since You'll Eat It All 120

Carrot Cake Bread That Is Neither Cake nor Bread 123

Seasonal Fruit Hand Pie 124

Fruit Bars That Are Not Bad for You Because, Fruit 127

How to Make S'Mores (Because Every Camping Cookbook Ever has to Include a S'Mores Recipe) 128

Drive-Thru Mountain Morning Breakfast Sandwiches 131

Home on the Free-Range Veggie Burgers 132

Simple Marinated Mushrooms 135

Spicy Dal with Kale 138

The Joy of Slowing Down 141

Multi-Day Outings

Three-Ingredient (besides Peanuts) Peanut Sauce 144

Easy Pine Nut and Pesto Pasta 147

DIY Spicy Hot Chocolate Mix 148

The Importance of Hot Beverages 151

Nut and Seed Parm 152

Cheesy Couscous 155

No Shit, You Can Make Your Own Trail Mix 156

Trail Mix Pancakes 161

Breakfast in Bed Makes You a Better Lover 162

Mountain Climber's Oatmeal 165

Mountain Climber's Oatmeal for Mountain Climbers with a Sweet Tooth 166

Mountain Climber's Oatmeal for Mountain Climbers Who Prefer Savory 169

No One Cares about Your Dutch Oven Photos 170

When It's Appropriate to Start Talking about Real Food on the Trial 173

Backpacker's Fruit Compote 174

Super Fancy Toasted Walnut Couscous 177

Close-Enough-to-Pad-Thai Pad Thai 178

No Puffy Jacket Required Dried Mushroom Pasta 181

You Too Can Kick the Freeze-Dried Habit

There Are No Leftover Tortillas Nachos 185

Peanut Butter Pan Cookies 186

Non-PITA Falafel and Pita Sandwiches 191

Apricot and Peanut Quinoa 192

The Morale Boost of Travel-Size Hot Sauce Bottles 195

Coconut Date Logs for When You Don't Have a Date (or Even If You Do) 196

Tastes Fresh to Me Fruit Crisp 199

Acknowledgements 200

Appendix 201

Resources 202

Index 205

About the Authors 208

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