Had enough of tasteless, dehydrated food? Fed up with those "crunchy bits" at the bottom of your boil-in-the-bag? Wish you could eat well under canvas?
Forget your Naked Chefs and your Delias, Dave Coustick speaks your language!
Whether you are a frequent world road tripper or an armchair mountaineer, then this is the culinary delight for you. Being a book of perfect proportions i.e. fits in the top pocket of your rucksack, this is the Encyclopaedia Britanica for the Canvas Connoisseur.
The recipes are laid out in sensible order with breakfasts, starters, main courses, pastas, rice, meats and even desserts included. There is also a cook at home and barbecue section.
Dont be fooled however by Nick Nairn's name at the start, his only contribution is the Foreword, but rest assured that Mr Coustick knows his stuff.
The meals are fantastic in their simplicity with full instruction in the art of cooking with one pot. Tip's galore help with cooking pasta and main course at the same time with one stove and a few other surprises show that these are 'field tested' recipes and not just something that Dave (having tried most of his meals I feel that I can use first names) has conjured up in a kitchen.
Even if you don't venture outdoors, then these meals will keep the food lover happy, and the washing up to a minimum!
An excellent feature of the book is the seven day expedition menu planner, which incorporates the recipes and gives ideas for packed lunches as well as providing calorific values to ensure you stay 'topped up' throughout your trip.Chapters covering stove variations and camp cooking make this a well balanced, four course, wannabee chef's delight.
Summing up, this five star guide to camp cuisine provides inspiration for all of us, not only food wise but also in relation to the outdoors world, as each recipe is preceded by a brief, but poetic, description of where the author first tasted it.
For the price of a couple of packets of dehydrated goo, this book is worth it's weight in gold!!
Go on, buy it, your stomach deserves it.