The Scout’s Outdoor Cookbook

August 7, 2010 · Posted in Bestselling Cooking Books 

The Scout’s Outdoor Cookbook

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5 Responses to “The Scout’s Outdoor Cookbook”

  1. Donna Pettigrew on August 7th, 2010 5:16 am

    I’m a outdoor trainer for Girl Scouts– this cookbook is excellent for the new to experienced person. All the receipes are tried and true, from the easy level to the advanced. Everything you need to know, how to cook using stick, one pot, dutch oven, cardboard box, paper bag, ingredients, type of fire, even to the number of charcole brickets you need are included. It’s easy to read and understand. I highly recommend it to anyone that cooks outdoors. I’ve done 3 outdoor trainings using it, and every leader there (including people who have never cooked outside), purchased a book. The receipes can also be cooked in your kitchen. Try it, you won’t be disappointed. Christine and Tim have done their homework on this book.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. James A. Lehr on August 7th, 2010 6:59 am

    The Scout’s Outdoor Cookbook does, indeed bring back memories and gives new ideas! Simple, easy meals are described. Whether carried miles by backpack or prepared in a cast-iron Dutch oven, these culinary delights are practical as well as mouth watering. Also, these recipes kindle the spark of innovation, and create unique dining experiences as we all want and need in the wilds. These wonderful foods are not for the sit at home, or the weight watcher, but for the robust, trail-pounding adventurers burning calories and experiencing adventure
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. Robert Petz on August 7th, 2010 8:38 am

    This is a fantastic book for those interested in outdoor cooking. Unlike other vague “outdoor cooking” books (“add meat and season to taste”…duh, I need a book for that?) this book gives you exact ingredients down to the size of the supplies (i.e., 14 fl. oz. can) to make your meal planning EXTREMELY simple. Serving sizes are listed so you can gauge if you need to make more or less based on your group and the recipes are top notch with detailed directions. Not only are recipes classified by type (breakfast, lunch, etc), they’re also categorized by skill level (easy to advanced) and have icons for the cookware to use (skillet, dutch oven, etc). There is a section on cookware selection and care as well as tips and tricks to keep your wares in great shape and how NOT to burn the food. I picked this up since my son is more active in scouting now with campouts and since it’s been quite some time since I’ve cooked outside the kitchen or grill, I knew I needed help. This book made me look like a pro! I have even brought my dutch oven to the firehouse and made dinner (Tomahawk Casserole) and then dessert (Chattanooga Cheesecake) for the guys and got rave reviews. One guy even stayed over from his shift to sample to food because “it smelled so darn good”. I recommend this book for any Cub/Boy Scout leader, outdoorsman, or backyard camper (there’s even a recipe for the world’s largest s’mores). Easy to read, easy to follow, and very tasty…even for picky eaters (i.e., my kids)! You won’t go wrong with this book. Best money I ever spent on a cookbook.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Ambergris on August 7th, 2010 10:55 am

    If you search out my reviews you will see that I have written up opinions on more than a dozen outdoor cookbooks. Cooking around an open fire, especially one pot dinners, has been a life long passion of mine. Some of the best meals I will ever come to remember have been created over an open fire on a hike or camping trip in years past. It has been my experience that most campfire cookbooks are all about a writers style. That is, a presumption from the author of just how much true pioneer spirit you posses. Most have pretty much the same recipes, give a teaspoon of this and a dash of something or other of that. The true diversity comes in the writing style. The best books lie somewhere between an author assuming you have never step foot in the savage wilderness with a pot and utensils in hand, and one that assumes we are all descendants of Daniel Boone. The Scouts Cookbook is one that balances both those extremes very well, as well as one I have owned and enjoyed for quite some time. It has always been one of my favorites for it is very elementary in its description, tips, common sense, and above all, possessing a wealth of very clear and in most cases truly delicious recipes of all kinds. Even though I consider myself well past the need to read the basics of campfire cooking 101 included in this book, I still enjoy browsing it anyway on occasion. I just happen to find the authors common sense so easy and entertaining to read and digest that I have come to enjoy it often. The actual recipes in this book are both very easy to follow and diverse. Everything from a wealth of one pot dinners, to campfire pizza and apple squares. And the other things that other reviewers here have mentioned, like the number of coals to use and the distance over the fire to consider with certain recipes are correct in their being numerous and helpful. Whether you are a true novice as to the outdoor culinary arts, or are such a true master that you own a custom made tool belt for your cooking performance, I consider this book to be one of the best outdoor cookbooks I own. I highly recommend it to all…
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. J. Moore on August 7th, 2010 12:05 pm

    Some friends of ours got married recently. They go camping frequently, so one of the wedding presents we got them was this book, The Scout’s Outdoor Cookbook. They LOVED it!

    We ended up buying a copy for ourselves, and this weekend, we, our friends, and our respective kids are going camping together in the mountains. We can’t wait to try some of the well-described and delicious-sounding recipes. I really like how thoroughly the book describes what is needed for each recipe…right down to exactly how many briquettes to put underneath and on top of the cooking pot (dutch oven).

    The Scout’s Outdoor Cookbook is one of the best, most fun cookbooks I’ve ever bought, and believe me, I have a LOT of cookbooks!
    Rating: 5 / 5

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