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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (1 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594740852
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594740855
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,504,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a surprisingly good collection of recipes for those of you who love to cook over an open flame and sleep under the stars. This isn't your typical hot dogs, baked beans and marshmallows on a stick assortment. Good food, like camping, requires preparation. The first part of the book is dedicated to planning and preparation - getting your gear together, gathering your ingredients, how to store food, and how to cook in the great outdoors. It's interesting material even if you have no intention of pitching a tent. The second part is the recipe section which includes sections on condiments, breakfast, midday meals, snacks and appetizers, dinners, side dishes and desserts. The recipes will work on your backyard grill just as easily as they would over a campfire. With all of the zingy marinade and rub recipes included, there will be no excuse for drab dinners. --Culinaria Libris, July, 2012

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Robin Donovan is a food and travel writer, and an experienced camper who has successfully experimented with campsite cooking for more than 20 years. She lives in San Francisco.

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I should start with the strong disclaimer that I am SO not a camper. I'm not even really a festival-goer. Most of my workmates love to go to festivals and speak of them with a lot of affection - they tend to gloss over the long queues for the toilets, lack of showers and spending days in incredibly close quarters with your friends. But regardless, I love the idea of outdoor cooking - once we have a bit more of a yard, I would definitely put a fire pit in the back garden to back outdoors, particularly in the summer. It would be a great thing to do as family.

All of the recipes in Campfire Cuisine are geared to be made while out camping, but I would there are plenty of easy and inspirational recipes even if you're not a big outdoorsy fan - because of the premise, there's a lot of really simple but flavorful recipes (I was really impressed by the amount of salad dressings - salad while camping?) It's a great cookbook for anyone who enjoys grilling or easy food. So if you're more of a "bake it at home" person, never mind - you can still use these recipes, and there are even some quick tips to adjust the recipe at home.
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A great little book, full of delicious recipe ideas...worth buying for the Grilled Salmon with Balsamic Fig Sauce alone! An idea camping companion for those who love their food!
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa47b84e0) out of 5 stars best cookbook for camping available 12 Jun. 2007
By H.M. Fonseca - Published on
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Many years ago I went on my first camping trip with my husband. We entered beautiful Big Sur with everything we thought we needed; a tent, sleeping bag, camp stove and some propane. I forgot to bring food. I didn't even have a can opener. If only "Campfire Cuisine" had been available back then. The first two chapters cover all the gear and cooking supplies you need to bring and how to plan meals for the trip.

I love to cook. I love camping. This book really brings the two together. The usual camp cookbook recipe ingredients like bisquick, frozen tater-tots and canned mushrooms are completly absent. The author instead relies upon planning, at-home preparation, and careful packing to take the place of processed convenience products.

"Campfire Cuisine" is filled with delicious recipes most of which use a camp stove or grill. (Unfortunately there are no recipes for dutch oven cooking.) The recipes are fun without being really fussy. The "Fish cooked with curried couscous" (page128) is wonderful without being weird. Even my kids liked it! The whole thing cooks in tin foil on the grill. No clean up! The "grilled flatbread pizza" (page156) calls for lavash bread instead of pizza dough. Of course the next day that same lavash can be used for one of the many varieties of "Aram sandwiches" (page 88). There honestly isn't a recipe in here that I wouldn't try. But I do like trendy food and I like to try new things. If you like more basic food then this book might not be for you.

As for the book's design, I can see where someone who has poor eyesight would have a problem reading the book. It's printed in olive green and orange on white. I think the author wanted the book to be small enough to pack for a camping trip, so the type is really small. The content is so good though that the book is still worthwhile.

After fifteen years of looking for a great camping cookbook I finally found it. If you like to cook and want a book that will make the meals on your next camping trip really shine, then this book is for you.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa518aae0) out of 5 stars For both the hardened camper and the novice; for the camping trip and the backyard grill; for the basics and the super-spreads 6 Aug. 2006
By Jessica Lux - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book received high marks from me before I even opened it--it has a compact format and a sturdy paperback cover, perfect for packing in your camping gear without excess weight or bulk. By compact, I am referring only to the cover dimensions; this is a thick recipe-packed book that is well worth the cover price.

Campfire Cuisine prefaces the recipes with essential opening chapters on the basic cooking equipment needed (plus some optional upgrades), how to choose a campstove, basic storage and packing rules, fire-starting tips and rules, and menu planning. A novice will glean all they need to know about outdoor cooking in these chapters, but even the most experienced camper/outdoor griller is bound to pick up a few extra tips and tricks.

The bulk of the book consists of recipes for condiments, marinades, snacks, breakfasts, light meals, dinner entrees, desserts, and side dishes. Most have streamlined ingredients and directions on how to do as much prep work as possible before embarking on the camping trip. I was struck by how this book can be interpreted at any level. I'm a fairly basic campfire chef who likes to keep her friends happy without too much legwork, and I have picked out dozens of simple but delicious recipes from this collection. If you are a super-chef who wants to entertain and dazzle at the campfire, you can ride this book full-hilt and create awe-inspiring spreads at the campstove.

Don't limit this book just to camping trips! You can dazzle your friends in your backyard with all of these ideas, and in fact, that's how I envision myself using it most.
35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa518ac30) out of 5 stars Not what we expected. 2 Mar. 2007
By P. Sallmen - Published on
Format: Paperback
My wife received this book as a gift from my mother after I recommended it to her. The recipes are much more elaborate that what we were looking for. They contain numerous ingredients, many of which are not our common staples. This alone make this book unsuitable for our style of camping. The directions do encourage at home preparation, but this, again, was not what we were looking for. We want to be able to use fewer ingredients, prepare on site, and still make delicious, appetizing meals in the great out doors! We'll keep looking.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa49cd4f8) out of 5 stars The cookbook that saved the Fourth of July 6 July 2006
By Dishy - Published on
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San Francisco, July 3, 11:45 p.m.: Warm with summertime spirit and several pints of ale, I spontaneously invited several people over to my apartment for a Fourth of July BBQ.

July 4, 10:45 a.m.: I awoke, panicked and queasy, remembering what I had done. In just three hours and 15 minutes, guests were supposed to be arriving for a party that I had not even begun to plan!

Luckily, I owned a new copy of Robin Donovan's "Campfire Cuisine." I hurried to the supermarket and bought the ingredients for Savory Cheese S'Mores, Chipotle Turkey Burgers, Creole Slaw, Grilled Peach and Arugula Salad and a bag of briquettes. In literally less time than I spent in line at the store, I had prepared a delicious and impressive meal. I just lit the bag of charcoal, threw the food on the grill, turned on Johnny Cash "American V," and I had a fantastic urban holiday meal to share with my friends....simple, creative, delicious and sophisticated. Yeah, I'm sure that Robin Donovans's recipes are equally if not more delicious when cooked in the great outdoors. But why lose your parking space when you can adapt these wonderful recipes to cook at home?
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4f7539c) out of 5 stars A Must For Campers Everywhere 12 Sept. 2006
By B. Frederich - Published on
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I used this book for the first time this past weekend. Everything was delicious and very easy to make : San Francisco Cioppino, Cheesy Biscuits one night, and pancakes made with the multipurpose baking mix the next morning. I am dying to try more recipes when we go again in three weeks.

The book is sturdy and very easy to pack. I do have a problem reading the page numbers though. They are light orange and hard for us seniors to see. Also, I had trouble finding Cioppino in the index. I looked under "C" but it was under "S" for "San Francisco" Cioppino. I think it should be under both the "C" section, and the "S" section for those of us who cannot remember the "San Francisco" part. Same thing with the baking mix. I had to look under "M" for Multipurpose Baking Mix, instead of just "B" for baking mix.

I like the fact that there are many vegetarian recipes. Although I do eat meat, I really like the fact that you can make delicious (sounding) vegy things very easily at the campsite. This wonderful book will always go with me when my husband and I head to the beautiful outdoors.
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