Feast by Firelight: Simple Recipes for Camping, Cabins, and the Great Outdoors

Emma Frisch. Ten Speed, $22 (202p) ISBN 978-0-399-57991-2
Food blogger, Next Food Network Star finalist, and Firelight Camps cofounder Frisch proves campfire dining doesn’t have to mean eating cold food out of a can. Here she offers more than 75 camp-friendly recipes that, for the most part, emphasize flavor over fuss. Though the need to make from scratch one’s own graham crackers for s’mores is debatable, Frisch’s do-ahead approach makes a lot of sense in this collection. All the ingredients for Zero-Degree Chili, coal-baked potatoes with fixings, and rosemary corn bread with hard-cider butter are put into ziplock bags and brought to the camp site; all the cook has to do is prepare a fire, transfer them to a pan, and the meal is good to go. Other dishes—such as a smoked-salmon spread; praline bacon; and lemon, parsley, and potato salad—come together quickly and can be prepped at home. Salient tips on outfitting an outdoor kitchen, the art of efficiently packing a cooler, and, perhaps most importantly, building and maintaining a campfire go a long way toward ensuring success for novices and veteran campers alike. Those who love the outdoors and want to elevate the experience will find Frisch’s book as vital as a good knife and extra matches. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/2018
Release date: 04/10/2018
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