Even if you do have food with you, knowing how to cook it well while you’re out on the trail is still a challenge, but there’s no excuse for not knowing how to do it; the information is out there, and we’ve got it.
These are just a few of our favourite camping cookbooks, ones which we’ve all dipped into at some point to get us out a sticky situation. We’re particularly fond of the Cool Camping series, with its mixture of fun and delicious recipes, and practical tips for preparing food without the modern comforts.
Dutch Oven Cookbook for Meals and Desserts by Gordon Rock
‘One pot meals to satisfy and fuel.’
This lovely Dutch Oven Cookbook from Gordon Rock isn’t actually designed as an outdoor companion, but when you’re on the trail, often all you’ve got is a single pot. Knowing how to use it is simple: just throw everything in and heat it, but what about some variety? Just because you’re out in the wilderness, far from the comforts of your own kitchen, doesn’t mean you can’t get creative, maybe even whip up something for dessert.
Rock presents his recipes in an easy-to-follow way, and many of his creations are ideally suited to small families. The Dutch Oven Cookbook is a great to have if you’re a regular weekend camper with kids, on the lookout for ways to keep mealtimes healthy and interesting. This one comes highly recommended by the Camping Things team, as a reference book for both home and outdoors. Nothing too fancy, but a great mixture of savoury and sweet dishes to try.