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Feast by Firelight: Simple Recipes for Camping, Cabins, and the Great Outdoors [A Cookbook]

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A transporting, lushly photographed book with easy-to-prepare recipes for gatherings at campgrounds and cabins alike. Feast by Firelight offers solution-oriented recipes that make cooking outdoors feel effortless and downright fun and it shows how to utilize clever cooking methods, prep food at home, and pack smart. The book includes recipes for camp cooking as well as deta A transporting, lushly photographed book with easy-to-prepare recipes for gatherings at campgrounds and cabins alike. Feast by Firelight offers solution-oriented recipes that make cooking outdoors feel effortless and downright fun and it shows how to utilize clever cooking methods, prep food at home, and pack smart. The book includes recipes for camp cooking as well as detailed menus, shopping and equipment lists, and tips showing how to prepare before you leave. Featuring 70 accessible recipes, it is the first of its kind in the outdoor-cooking niche to pair useful information with evocative photography of finished dishes and useful illustrations (such as how to pack a cooler and how to build a fire), setting a new standard for camping cookbooks.


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A transporting, lushly photographed book with easy-to-prepare recipes for gatherings at campgrounds and cabins alike. Feast by Firelight offers solution-oriented recipes that make cooking outdoors feel effortless and downright fun and it shows how to utilize clever cooking methods, prep food at home, and pack smart. The book includes recipes for camp cooking as well as deta A transporting, lushly photographed book with easy-to-prepare recipes for gatherings at campgrounds and cabins alike. Feast by Firelight offers solution-oriented recipes that make cooking outdoors feel effortless and downright fun and it shows how to utilize clever cooking methods, prep food at home, and pack smart. The book includes recipes for camp cooking as well as detailed menus, shopping and equipment lists, and tips showing how to prepare before you leave. Featuring 70 accessible recipes, it is the first of its kind in the outdoor-cooking niche to pair useful information with evocative photography of finished dishes and useful illustrations (such as how to pack a cooler and how to build a fire), setting a new standard for camping cookbooks.

30 review for Feast by Firelight: Simple Recipes for Camping, Cabins, and the Great Outdoors [A Cookbook]

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mischenko

    Unfortunately, this book just didn't meet my expectations. I enjoyed a few of the recipes, but many of them had too many ingredients or required too many spices which complicates things when you're camping away from the kitchen. Some of the recipes I thought were good were the British baked beans, Amma's fruit salad (without the cognac), Best veggie burger, Apple harvest crisp, and the Skillet home fries. There were a few I'd never attempt that included ingredients such as anchovies, and a few g Unfortunately, this book just didn't meet my expectations. I enjoyed a few of the recipes, but many of them had too many ingredients or required too many spices which complicates things when you're camping away from the kitchen. Some of the recipes I thought were good were the British baked beans, Amma's fruit salad (without the cognac), Best veggie burger, Apple harvest crisp, and the Skillet home fries. There were a few I'd never attempt that included ingredients such as anchovies, and a few granola-type recipes I'd probably make ahead of time to take on the trip. I also felt the book could use more photos, but overall, there are a lot of recipes here and certainly you can find a few to enjoy. 3.5 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Debra Oehlberg

    This cookbook resource provides a variety of recipes from ordinary to gourmet. It uses ingredients easily purchased and transportable. Emma Frisch also goes over other aspects of camping, such as how to act and behave responsibly outdoors. The pictures are gorgeous and would be nice as a coffee table book, as well! Great gift to others or self.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Nielsen

    Beautiful pictures and inspiring, but overall not that practical for camping unless you absolutely love doing quite a bit of prep work on top of all the prep work that goes into camping already. Tried a few of the recipes, all were fantastic, so I'm treating this as a regular cookbook with some outdoor inspo. Beautiful pictures and inspiring, but overall not that practical for camping unless you absolutely love doing quite a bit of prep work on top of all the prep work that goes into camping already. Tried a few of the recipes, all were fantastic, so I'm treating this as a regular cookbook with some outdoor inspo.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Terry

    Not my kind of recipes. I wanted more pictures.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Marie

    Too much "cook ahead and bring with you" for my liking. Too much "cook ahead and bring with you" for my liking.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cody

    Fun to read and great pictures. Looking forward to trying some recipes...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Keeton

    Feast by Firelight is a collection of recipes and tips for folks who want to cook their meals outdoors. The book is divided into eight main sections: the essential outdoor kitchen, recipes to make before you go, breakfast, sandwiches & salads, happy hour, sides, main events, and sweet endings. She also includes some suggested menus for different excursions ranging from backcountry hikes to romantic campfires. Among the recipes, there are atmospheric stories, rustic food photography, and spreads Feast by Firelight is a collection of recipes and tips for folks who want to cook their meals outdoors. The book is divided into eight main sections: the essential outdoor kitchen, recipes to make before you go, breakfast, sandwiches & salads, happy hour, sides, main events, and sweet endings. She also includes some suggested menus for different excursions ranging from backcountry hikes to romantic campfires. Among the recipes, there are atmospheric stories, rustic food photography, and spreads featuring beautiful natural scenery. I scooped up this book, hoping to find some simple recipes to elevate my car camping experience. Like the author mentions, outdoor cooking often ends up being the antithesis to environmentalism, relying largely on pre-packed foods, freeze-dried packets, or snacks wrapped in plastic. While I found this book incredibly pretty, the ingredient lists were a little lengthy unless you prepped much of it at home. When I am prepping my meals on a picnic table after hiking all day, I want to use a single cutting board and the fewest tools possible, as we often find ourselves cleaning our dishes in a foldable sink. One of the recommended backcountry recipes involved frozen shrimp, canned tomatoes, and chicken broth for Day 2. Not only would that be impossible on Day 2, packing out shrimp tails in my backpack would be unbearable. The book has lovely recipes, but very few of them are truly practical for the constraints of camping.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Libby Beyreis

    I wasn't crazy about this book. The tone just put me off somehow - it came across kind of elitist. Lots of stories about traveling the world, some name dropping, a lot of expectations about equipment, discussion of her glamping resort... I don't know. Maybe I'm overreacting, but between that and the recipes I wasn't really inspired by anything I saw. Recipes for salads and cocktails that could be made anywhere didn't really strike me as belonging in a book about campfire cooking, and a lot of th I wasn't crazy about this book. The tone just put me off somehow - it came across kind of elitist. Lots of stories about traveling the world, some name dropping, a lot of expectations about equipment, discussion of her glamping resort... I don't know. Maybe I'm overreacting, but between that and the recipes I wasn't really inspired by anything I saw. Recipes for salads and cocktails that could be made anywhere didn't really strike me as belonging in a book about campfire cooking, and a lot of the recipes just seemed unduly fussy for working outdoors or had a ton of at-home prep, or both. There were definitely a few recipes that seemed to take advantage of the unique requirements and possibilities of cooking outdoors, but overall, I found this book to be kind of disappointing.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Yaxattax

    This is a lovely book with beautiful photos. I enjoyed reading the author’s backstory and her recipe headnotes. Unfortunately the recipes didn’t meet my expectations. I enjoy eating and cooking good food, but I’m new to camp cooking. I’m looking for simple recipes that are easy and tasty, with plenty of instructions specific to camp cooking. This book was not that. A lot of the recipes sounded tasty, but were too complex or included too many/fussy ingredients. I haven’t made any of the recipes, so This is a lovely book with beautiful photos. I enjoyed reading the author’s backstory and her recipe headnotes. Unfortunately the recipes didn’t meet my expectations. I enjoy eating and cooking good food, but I’m new to camp cooking. I’m looking for simple recipes that are easy and tasty, with plenty of instructions specific to camp cooking. This book was not that. A lot of the recipes sounded tasty, but were too complex or included too many/fussy ingredients. I haven’t made any of the recipes, so I can’t speak to the quality of the recipe-writing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    I anticipated reading this book as the subject of campfire cooking is a topic I’m interested in, to improve my campfire culinary game. Depressingly, many of the recipes are complex, featuring multiple (and some exotic) ingredients—simply impractical for tailgating or “roughing” it. Upon reading the prologue, the author explains that she is involved with a “glamping” resort. Red Flag. My fear confirmed soon thereafter, I had checked out a hipster’s cookbook.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    It is often difficult to find grilling recipes that can be done over an open campfire. This book has many recipes designed specifically for campfires, some for grills, and some for the stove. They range from simple ingredients to a little more complex depending on what you typically stock in your pantry or refrigerator. I can't wait for next year's camping trip to try some out, It is often difficult to find grilling recipes that can be done over an open campfire. This book has many recipes designed specifically for campfires, some for grills, and some for the stove. They range from simple ingredients to a little more complex depending on what you typically stock in your pantry or refrigerator. I can't wait for next year's camping trip to try some out,

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gina Zappa

    First of all, why am I not eating "Charred Bread" every second of every day? Second, how have I never thought to combine my top two breakfasts into one super breakfast a la "Bird In A Nest With Honeyed Avo"?! I mean c'mon people! It's avocado toast ON TOP OF egg in the middle of the toast!!! I have found my soulmate...and yes...it is this dish. First of all, why am I not eating "Charred Bread" every second of every day? Second, how have I never thought to combine my top two breakfasts into one super breakfast a la "Bird In A Nest With Honeyed Avo"?! I mean c'mon people! It's avocado toast ON TOP OF egg in the middle of the toast!!! I have found my soulmate...and yes...it is this dish.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dray

    As someone who does a fair amount of outdoor eating, backyard, hiking and car camping mostly, this book offered some good advice and recipes. How to plan for your outing were precious pages and helped me organize my somewhat random approach. recommended.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bev

    Interesting stories with recipes, great detail... but not recipes that I would take camping or desire to eat any time. Was interested for ideas for camping and she has a great packing list, and how-to. Recipes come with camping and home cooking version. Nice pictures.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    This was a gift. It is a thorough guide to foodie camping in which you make everything you and your family eat from scratch for the duration of your trip. There are no shortcuts in this gourmet lifestyle!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    This is a book of recipes for camping.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    some more inspired camping food - the love of food and the outdoors is so evident in this book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Miranda

    Great inspiration but a bit over the top for the camping I like to do. However, there are several recipes I’d like to try out!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Some very solid tips for cooking while camping, and some very modern recipes.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pixie

    Elevated ingredients and cool recipes. Sad that this book is no longer a how-to or even aspirational, but just a dream of what we might have done before the fires and Covid. :'( Elevated ingredients and cool recipes. Sad that this book is no longer a how-to or even aspirational, but just a dream of what we might have done before the fires and Covid. :'(

  21. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Much fancier recipes than what I’d plan for a camping trip, but the packing and prep tips are gold and the author’s stories are really interesting.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Virginia

    Really needed more pictures because the ones it had were gorgeous. Good recipes but not camping simple. A great deal of pre-camp prep. Wonderful for that kind of camper.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nikhil

    Practical tips for portable cooking, but not the most exciting for home cooking.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I wish I could camp like this. Beautiful recipes, not exactly practical, though.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    Another one of those cookbooks purporting to be about cooking while camping. But is actually, here's a recipe for cookies that you can bake at home and bring on your camping trip. Another one of those cookbooks purporting to be about cooking while camping. But is actually, here's a recipe for cookies that you can bake at home and bring on your camping trip.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Grider

    I tend to get stuck in the same recipes when it comes to camping, so this book really gave me some good ideas. I like that she had recipes for camping in all seasons.

  27. 5 out of 5

    wanderonwards

    I was hoping this would be a cookbook on campfire cooking with recipes, tips, and tricks for how to make delicious food with limited supplies and kitchen tools. While some of the recipes do use a campfire, most use a camp stove (which is definitely easier and more consistent when cooking but I do feel a bit misled by the title). Overall, this cookbook seems geared for “light” camping - the menu plans included in the back are geared for a weekend getaway and not cooking during extended trips, sin I was hoping this would be a cookbook on campfire cooking with recipes, tips, and tricks for how to make delicious food with limited supplies and kitchen tools. While some of the recipes do use a campfire, most use a camp stove (which is definitely easier and more consistent when cooking but I do feel a bit misled by the title). Overall, this cookbook seems geared for “light” camping - the menu plans included in the back are geared for a weekend getaway and not cooking during extended trips, since most of the food prep would only last for a couple of days.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jana Dooley

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kendra

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