Cast Iron Camping Cookbook Review

Cast Iron Camping Cookbook Review

Title: Cast Iron Camping Cookbook: Easy Skillet Recipes for Outdoor Cooking
Author: Pauline Reynolds-Nuttall
Published: June 30, 2020, Rockridge Press
No. of Pages: 180
Cover Price: $16.99 Paperback, $6.99 Kindle

If you’re an avid camper and want to prepare good, but easy meals, then Cast Iron Camping Cookbook: Easy Skillet Recipes for Outdoor Cooking by Pauline Reynolds-Nuttall may be a perfect cookbook for you. This cookbook contains dozens of mouthwatering recipes, many made with easy convenience foods. The foods are definitely not gourmet, but there is a variety of both American and Middle Eastern dishes, as well as a few others. The cookbook includes lots of vegetarian and vegan dishes, which may be a plus for some, and a drawback for others. However, there is a good variety of dishes that contain meat, chicken, and fish. All of the dishes are made in a cast iron skillet, so they work on the stovetop too, which is a bonus. You can try the dishes at home to make sure they work before taking everything camping.

For some reason Rockridge Press, the publisher of this cookbook, doesn’t allow very many photographs, and that is a real drawback since most cooks want to see what their finished dishes are supposed to look like. Luckily there are positive aspects to offset the lousy offering of photos. The recipes are mostly easy and have minimal ingredients, which is helpful when having to pack up everything to take camping. The author has developed some recipes that are easier than the originals, like the Campfire Éclair Pizza, which I’m sure is very good, but the French would absolutely have fits to learn that the pizza is named after their famous pastry, since it uses piecrust instead of choux paste and is nothing like a real éclair. She also presents what she calls Toad in the Hole. Traditional Toad in the Hole is a British children’s dish that has been around for hundreds of years and consists of sausages in Yorkshire pudding, and certainly not an egg sitting in the middle of a piece of toast. That doesn’t make the cookbook bad, but the author should do her research before misrepresenting her dishes.

All told, if you are a camper, this cookbook is full of ideas to break the monotony of packing the same campfire dishes and since everything is made in a cast iron skillet, eliminates the need to take extra pans and equipment.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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