Lipsmackin' Vegetarian Backpackin'

Our family really enjoyed the first book by Tim and Christine Conners and there is a second book in the Lipsmackin' Backpackin' series that is completely vegetarian.

Recipes include Fabulous Fry Brownies, Miso Madness, Algonquin Apple Leather and a series of bread recipes that would make any backpacking trip more enjoyable. There are great dishes for each meal time and some wonderful GORP ideas. The book has a range of drinks, fruit leathers and decadent desserts. I was pleasantly surprised when I found a recipe for Coleslaw which is dehydrated at home and rehydrated on the trail.

The recipes are tested numerous times to ensure that they turn out well on your adventures. The gang here did a little of the testing to help out. We even found that the Green Dragon Pad Thai tastes great once you get past its vibrant color. Trailside instructions are printed with each recipe and again in the back of the book. The packable trailside cooking instructions are perfect for placing in the zipper bag with the food contents.

Although Lipsmackin' Vegetarian Backpackin' is a meatless collection of good eats, it is a book easily enjoyed by all.

This book also has a special place in our hearts. At first glance one might think that this is because a handful of my favourite recipes are included in the book, although having some Canadian content is great that is not the entire reason. You see, the summer this book was finished we had the opportunity to meet the Conners for the first time when they joined us for a canoe trip in Algonquin Park's Barron Canyon.

I will always remember Christine and Tim sharing treats like the Fabulous Fry Brownies, hot off the pan, while sharing their stories of the backcountry. Their children were an inspiration and I was delighted to see some of the photos of the Conners children in the book. After a moment I realized that these photos were from their Canadian canoe adventure.

© 2003 Laurie Ann March
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