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Backpack Gourmet: Good Hot Grub You Can Make at Home, Dehydrate, and Pack for Quick, Easy, and Healthy Eating on the Trail

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Over 160 recipes for soups, stews, pasta, casseroles, and breakfast and snack ideasPotato Soup Parmesan, Seafood Stew, Sweet and Sour Noodles, Spicy ChickenTips on drying food in a dehydrator or ovenMeals on the trail can be as delicious and varied as meals prepared at home. You can create meals to suit your tastes or diet--vegetarian, low fat, Asian, Italian. Meals prepar ...more
Paperback, 147 pages
Published December 1st 2002 by Stackpole Books
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Felicia A
May 28, 2012 Felicia A rated it really liked it
I heart this book so hard, and I am not even a backpacker. In fact, I stay as far away from the woods and mountains and trails as I can possibly get. If there is not a Starbucks within shouting distance, I am just lost, city girl that I am.

That said, I totally am a prepper-ish type, and this book is awesome for that. Prepred dehydrated meals that you can purchase come from God knows where and contain God knows what. If you prepare and dehydrate your meals yourself, you have much more control ove
Jul 24, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it
I really liked that there was variety in this book that is not available with commercial freeze-dried foods. I also liked that you cook the meal, then dehydrate. This makes cooking in camp a cinch. I just tried out rehydrating one last week on an overnight trip. I let it sit for a couple minutes with water over it. Brought it to a boil, stirred, and let it sit a few more. Great consistency, great flavor. So much easier and cheaper than store bought backpacking foods!
Christy Keeler
Sep 06, 2015 Christy Keeler rated it really liked it
Excellent advice and tasty recipes. Different from similar books, these recipes are all single pot recipes. You make the full meal at home, dehydrate it as a complete meal, and then cover it with water and just reheat on the trail. The recipes don't require mixing in additional ingredients while camping and take seemingly less time to reheat.
Oct 16, 2015 Erin rated it it was ok
Shelves: yummy-recipes
Being gluten free, this book was ok, it would require a lot of tweaking to the recipes but I could manage. I personally don't eat a lot of refined carbs like pasta and bread (even if GF) and that's what the majority of this was.

I hate to say it, but the most helpful part of this book was the suggested readings in the back.
Nov 30, 2015 Rhoda rated it really liked it
Shelves: how-to
Only criticism is that all the breakfast options; both cold and hot are sweet. Otherwise, I'm really excited to try some of these recipes - even for long road trips; not just hiking and camping.
Jul 07, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks, camping
These recipes look really good, even for just eating at home! I will have to look into a dehydrator to try with our family's favorites. These will be great for trips to the Boundary Waters!
Cory verner
Jun 27, 2012 Cory verner rated it liked it
Shelves: backpacking
A good quick read if you just want some information on dehydrating food. Probably is best used to get new ideas for the trail. If you've ever been stuck for days with a pack full of Mountain House meals, you know you need to do something...that's what prompted me to pick up this book.

In reality much of what is found here can be located for free on the web, but if you want an easy way to browse hundreds of recipes in one place then maybe this book is for you. I prefer to have my wife make a few
May 28, 2008 Angela rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: backpackers, kayakers
Highly recommended for planning light backpacking trips. I've gotten into some of the one-bag cooking lately, and this makes it all less complicated (and cheaper) by giving you recipes to make in full ahead of time, and then dehydrate. Much easier than trying to find all sorts of already-dried ingredients to combine. I tried the Salmon Stir Fry for this past weekend, and it was great!
Mar 30, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbooks, 2012
I gleaned a few ideas from this (well, mostly the idea that we could make hummus and dehydrate it) but didn't find it super-inspiring overall. I did like that although almost all the meals are dehydrated, they include instructions on how to use your oven if you don't own a dehydrator.
Elizabeth Webber
Oct 07, 2013 Elizabeth Webber rated it liked it
I've used the recipes in this book several times and have always found them practical and tasty. The recipes are thoughtful about weight, taste, and nutrition for energy. A good book if you tend to know a while beforehand that you are going on a trip.
May 25, 2010 Chrissie rated it it was ok
This book had a wide variety of recipes, yet nearly everything was dehydrated. It also wasn't very vegetarian-friendly. If you're a meat-eater planning for a longer hike, this might work for you - it just didn't have recipes that interested me.
Bob Miller
I prepared several trail snack receipes from this book: all were great. She focuses on one pot meals more than some more 'elaborate' backpacking cookbooks. If I ever acquire a dehydrator, I will get back to this cookbook.
Oct 11, 2012 Matthew rated it liked it
i am inspired by the recipes and if I had a dehydrator I would so be into making some of these for my families adventures.
Apr 03, 2008 Martha rated it really liked it
This gave me ideas not only for camping meals, but for improvements to my 72-hour kits.
Kristen Gurri
Jun 15, 2011 Kristen Gurri rated it liked it
Shelves: 2-non-fiction, 2011
Great recipes but I really need to get a better dehydrator before I try them.
Aug 07, 2011 Holly rated it liked it
Made copies of recipes, now need to actually try them.
Oct 15, 2007 Graham rated it it was ok
All-in-one meals pretty much result in dehydrated slop.
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