The Great Outdoors Cookbook by Sunset

The Great Outdoors Cookbook by Sunset

Emma Christensen
May 22, 2014
(Image credit: Emma Christensen)

The angle: From campfire cooking basics to throwing a backyard hog roast, Sunset Magazine's latest cookbook has you covered.

Recipes for right now: Grilled French Toast Kebabs, Peanut Butter Cranberry Go-Bars, Tofu and Eggplant Hobo Bundles, Beer and Bison Burgers with Pub Cheese, Chile and Lime Mini Steak Tortas, Olive Pesto Smashed Potatoes

Who would enjoy this book? Cooks who love cooking under an open sky, whether at a campsite in the woods or at a grill in your backyard.

Quick Facts

Who wrote it: Sunset

Who published it: Oxmoore House

Number of recipes: 175

Other highlights: This cookbook is truly your one-stop-shop for anything you need to know about cooking outdoors. Yes, there are recipes (gads of them, and all of them equally tasty-looking), but it's really all the tutorials that more than justify the price of the book. The editors at Sunset include detailed information on what cooking equipment you need for camping, choosing (and cooking in) a solar oven, setting up a backyard grill, building your own pizza oven, choosing the right firewood, cooking in a cauldron (just like a cowboy), and yes, how to roast a whole hog in your back yard. The wealth of information in this book is amazing — come the Zombie Apocalypse, you can bet this book is going in my backpack.

But let's talk about the recipes, too, because they look so good. Sunset has always impressed me with their ability to take a simple dish that we all already know and love — like, say, a grilled steak — and turn it into something fresh, new, and instantly appealing — like, say, serving that grilled steak with a chile and lime marinade in grilled tortas. Yum. These recipes pull in lots of flavors and ingredients from around the world, like furikake from Japan to sprinkle over corn and panang curry for a simple campfire noodle dish. As long as you have a well-stocked spice cupboard at your cabin in the woods, you will certainly not get bored.

Warmer weather has already arrived here in Northern California, and Zombie Apocalypse or no, I hope to be diving into these recipes soon.

Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: The Great Outdoors Cookbook by Sunset

Visit the author's website: Sunset

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