The Family Camping Cookbook
I really like the Family Camping Cookbook, by Tiff & Jim Easton. They cover a lot of the food we love to cook, and while we already have most of the recipes, I got a good deal on Amazon and decided to buy it.
The book is divided up into different themes: Quick Escapes, By the Beach, In the Country, and Festivals & Parties, with food appropriate for each.
It’s also has a few tips, such as building a fire, scattered throughout.
The recipes are presented clear and easy to follow, and often accompanied by a picture of the result.
Another useful feature of this book is the Meal Plans in each section. You get a meal plan for younger children, a meal plan for older kids, and a meal plan for vegetarians. There’s also a handy shopping list with each meal plan.
The Essential Camping Cookbook or How To Cook An Egg In An Orange And Other Scout Recipes
This book from the Scouts has to have one of the longest titles for a camping cookbook. Let’s call it The Essential Camping Cookbook, by Tim Allen.
This book comes as a hardback, and is a bit larger than the Family Camping Cookbook, but doesn’t necessarily have more recipes.
It does contain a lot of Scout classic recipes, but also many others that are a little more refined than most scout camps 😉
As you would expect with a book from Scouts, there are also tips on lighting a fire, choosing the correct wood, and cooking methods.
The recipes are well presented, easy to follow, and most have pictures.
It’s certainly a good camping cookbook, and we’ve already tried a few recipes from it.
So which cookbook is best?
Well, I couldn’t decide when buying, and got a good deal on both 😉
But if you could only buy one, which one would we recommend?
Unfortunately, it’s a hung jury in our household. Having gone through both of them, half of us slightly like one over the other, and there’s no clear winner.
Family Camping Cookbook – I think this has more recipes, as well as details on how many a dish serves, prep time, and cooking time, plus the meal plans are useful.
The Scouts Essential Camping Cookbook – The larger sizes means it’s easier to read (easier to flick through while watching TV to plan your camping meals for the weekend). Plus there are some useful tips.
So sorry, can’t help you out over which one is best. You’ll have to decide for your self (or cop out and get both, as I did).
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