Ditch the hot dogs: go gourmet when you camp!

Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by HylaryL

Nothing says summer quite like a camping trip. We are lucky in the Bay Area to live close to so many different world-class camping destinations, from Yosemite to Big Sur to Lake Tahoe. Before you load up the RV or cooler with a bunch of preservative and sodium filled processed foods, think about what you're fueling your body with on your camping adventure. Remember, just because you’re enjoying the great outdoors doesn’t mean your meals have to suffer!

Many people turn to standard camping foods like hot dogs, hamburgers and baked beans when they camp. This summer, go gourmet on your camping vacation! Check out the list of camping cook books we own in the Santa Clara County Library District, and get started on the road to a healthy and delicious outdoor vacation.

Campfire Cuisine

Campfire Cuisine (2006)
by Robin Donovan

Campfire Cuisine provides more than 100 recipes for delicious, healthy, satisfying meals to make at your campsite or in any outdoor setting. Also included are tips on meal planning, shopping, and choosing the right equipment.

The Scout's Outdoor Cookbook

The Scout's Outdoor Cookbook (2008)
by Christine Conners

A guide to cooking while camping provides hundreds of recipes for all kinds of meals that can be made using dutch ovens, camp stoves, fire pits, and grills, or that do not require cooking at all.

The Great American Camping Cookbook

The Great American Camping Cookbook (2007)
by Scott Cookman

This book offers a camp cook’s guide to the fresh, natural “comfort foods” of the good old days. Whether your camp is a civilized weekend cottage, a rustic hunting or fishing cabin, or a primitive canoeing or backpacking bivouac, this book can help anyone make meals as vibrant as the outdoors itself.

The Leave-no-crumbs Camping Cookbook

The Leave-no-crumbs Camping Cookbook (2004)
by Rick Greenspan

Imagine this: You're at a campsite 10,000 feet up in the Third Mono Creek Recess of the high Sierras. You have no refrigerator, no food processor, no non-stick cookware, no measuring spoons, no pepper mill, no sea salt. How are you going to cook a meal that is imaginative, delightful, and delicious? That's what The Leave-No-Crumbs Camping Cookbook is all about..

The Field & Stream Wilderness Cooking Handbook

The Field & Stream Wilderness Cooking Handbook (2001)
by J. Wayne Fears

offers more than 100 recipes for the single-burner camp stove or the open fire. Fears, editor of Rural Sportsman magazine, explains the basics of fire building as well as the intricacies of the backpack stove. Recipes include 13 types of jerky, including venison and caribou, a