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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 30 May 2011
Absolutely brilliant! I have always been suspicious of so called camping cookbooks as frankly who wants to spend their time faffing about with recipes in basic surroundings, all I ever manage is a burger or sausage in a bap! BUT, I am a convert!! This book is so simple and yet so delicious, the recipes are based around minimum washing up and minimum prep but maximum taste. I never thought I would cook a chicken tagine while camping but it was so easy!! It's all in the pre camp prep, by having a few tins of things like tomatoes or tinned petits pois and a few sachets of herbs and spices, it's a case of fling a few things in a pot and voila!! I read a review if this book that moaned about prepping a camping marinade, if it's too much to splosh a bit if olive oil, squeeze a lemon or two and squash a garlic into a tupperware before you leave then carry on with a diet of burgers! Things like this and the camping glaze (oh so tricky: runny honey and mustard mixed) are the building blocks of some incredibly easy meals! This trip, my first with this book, have produced: chicken tagine, a kind of baba ghanoush, guacamole, big camp chilli, pirate bananas, smothered beans, sweet little peas and toasted tunnocks tea cakes (not a recipe as such, more an idea!) none took more than 5 mins to prep! Next time it will be fish baked in paper and lamb and barley hotpot! I cannot recommend this book highly enough! It's delicious!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2011
Its not the best book ive seen for camping recipes, as other people have said, it tells you how to bake cakes (before you go camping) or how to make boiled eggs. However, there are some lovely recipes that will be fun to try which wont need the entire contents of your cupboards.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 8 June 2010
This was bought for my son who loves family camping holidays with wife and child. He is into cooking so I thought this will fit the bill. Looked at reviews of other books and choose this particular one as Annie Bell has written many cookery books so should be perfect for simple camping cooking.

On arrival, wife and I studied it with interest and thought the actual paper and font was just perfect. It had a clear plastic rainproof cover and was divided into sections from simple food to more elaborate dishes. One may need to take plenty of utensils to make the best of this book but it's all there for the camper to enjoy a good read and then enjoy the activity of cooking and finally enjoy the eating of these delicious concoctions.

Plenty of coloured photos to make your mouth water. Go for it and enjoy...
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 2010
This book was bought following a book review in a popular magazine - not the best buy I have made.
The book is a great size and has a wipeable cover ideal for carrying on a trip but the recipes are not suitable to a camping trip.

Following the review I was excited to learn how you could cook cakes on a camping trip - you can't you have to bake before you go.
Additional recipes include a number of meals which take approx. 6 hours to cook - how much gas would this take?

If you want a book just for some lovely recipes than buy it but for camping trips it is not the best.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 2010
I was a keen walker and camper until I damaged my knees. I am also involved in training youngsters for the D of E award scheme so Camp cooking is of interest to me. This book has many recepies and I have tried a few since I bought the book and all have been excellent. I would say though that the book is aimed more at " Base " camp rather than back packers. Some of the ingredients would be impossible to transport safely in a rucksack over a few Scottish Munros. However, it would be very easy to select menues and reduce and pack them accordingly. Therefore while on the trek, you can look forward to a lovely tasty dinner not some re-hashed mess out of a packet.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 2012
I just found that the book was not what I was looking for. While camping I want food that cooks in as little time possible to use less gas. I want to use as few ingredients and few utensils as possible. This book did not really deliver these things.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 1 August 2010
Having been able to fend for myself for many years whilst camping, I though I would get this book based on a newspaper review to liven up my campsite cooking. What a mistake that was.

Recipes like Sticky Roast Chicken, or Butterflied leg of Lamb may result in a nice meal, but the inclusion of half a dozen "cook at home and take with you" is a bit off. Never mind the "recipes" for Boiled eggs with salt, bacon butties, potted meat and tomato sandwiches, and other such "non-recipes" make this a book to avoid if you have ever set foot into a kitchen and done more than boil the kettle.

Og.
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on 28 June 2015
Clear, Concise and more importantly practical. I was a little concerned at the first recipe,it was toast! But as a seasoned camper I forgot how many people find this difficult the first time out of the Kitchen. On further reading I found the Author to be very thoughtful and interesting. A great little book that now has a permanent place in our VW Camper. I have now given this book as a gift to several friends who also rave about the recipes and the different spices and herbs it has inspired to become fixtures in the essentials box!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 May 2011
I am not a camper myself but bought this for my daughter-in-law. It would appear to have some excellent tips and lots of easy, tasty recipes.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2011
This is an entertaining book, the recipies are tasty and wholesome. The is warm and readable, and it is illustrated with plenty of rather indifferent photos.
The problems start when you actually try to cook these things in your tent,caravan or boat. They are simple enough and do not require too much equipment, but she does seem to expect you to have an awful lot of ingedients available. She relies a great deal on some mixes that are pre-prepared at home or, as she enthusiatically advises you, from a website, the products bearing her name.
The book seems targeted at people who just go away for a night or a weekend, and will take everything with them. That said she encourages some interesting experiments that could, with a bit of organisation, be done in the field, and I will be giving her ideas a try
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