Five Outdoor Cooking Cookbooks

Mary Gormandy White
Fun Food to Make When Camping

Are you looking for new recipes to try during your next camping trip? If you are tired of sticking with the same open fire and grill recipes that you've been using for a while, check out some recipe books written specifically with the needs of outdoor cooks in mind!

Outdoor Cookbooks: Five Recommended Publications

There are many great outdoor cooking recipe books available from bookstores, online retailers and public libraries. The exact book that is right for you depends on the type of food you enjoy, how you want to approach outdoor cooking and the dining preferences of the people in your group. Here is a selection of five books, each one appealing to different needs and interests.

1. Campfire Cuisine: Gourmet Recipes for the Great Outdoors

Are you looking for a cookbook that can help you plan ahead to enjoy healthful meals during your next camping outing? If so, Campfire Cuisine: Gourmet Recipes for the Great Outdoors by Robin Donavan may be exactly what you're looking for. The book includes over 100 recipes designed with the needs of health-conscious campers who want to enjoy delicious meals in the great outdoors. Some of the recipes require prep work at home, but provide complete instructions for what to do, how to get organized for travel and how to get set up when you arrive at your campsite.

2. Cooking On a Stick: Campfire Recipes for Kids

If you're going on a family camping trip, Cooking On a Stick: Campfire Recipes for Kids by Linda White is a great option. This book is an ideal option for parents who want to involve their children in meal preparation during camping trips. It's written specifically for a fourth to seventh grade audience and features open campfire recipes sure to appeal to children and adults alike. The book also features detailed instructions about camping meal packing and preparation, including instructions for building a campfire.

3. Fix it in Foil

If you're a fan of one-pot cooking at home, you're sure to enjoy preparing foil packet meals when you have an opportunity to go camping for a few days. Fix it in Foil includes recipes for making more than 50 great foil packet recipes that can be prepared outdoors. The book includes instructions for cooking the recipes over an open fire or on a grill, plus directions for preparing the dishes in an oven if you want to continue to enjoy them when you have returned home. Each dish features simple ingredients that are affordable, easy-to-find and that combine to form hearty meals that are perfect to enjoy during camping trips.

4. The Scout's Outdoor Cookbook

If you are looking for simple outdoor recipes, be sure to check out The Scout's Outdoor Cookbook by Christine and Tim Conners, a married couple with a passion for the great outdoors. The book presents a unique compilation of recipes and outdoor cooking tips gathered from scouts and leaders of scout troops throughout the United States. The book features recipes designed for the grill, cast iron pots and pans over an open fire and even for a cardboard box oven. If you're looking for simple hearty fare that is perfect to enjoy at your campsite, this book is a great option for you.

5. The Outdoor Dutch Oven Cookbook

If you have plenty of grill recipes but really want to focus on learning how to cook in cast iron over an open fire, The Outdoor Dutch Oven Cookbook by Sheila Mills is an excellent option for you. The book includes preparation instructions for over 200 simple and hearty recipes all designed to be cooked outdoors in a Dutch oven. Alternate instructions for indoor cooking are also included, so you can use the recipes just as easily when you are cooking at home as when you are spending time in the great outdoors.

Ebook Options

If you don't have time to order a book, go to the store or visit your local library before your next camping trip, there are still a few options available for you. Here are a few eBooks that focus on or include instructions for preparing for outdoor meals. You can download a free copy of Favorite Camping Recipes. Additionally, 101 Camping & Outdoor Recipes is available for a small fee.

Five Outdoor Cooking Cookbooks