Camp Cooking: A Black Feather Guide

Black Feather is a wilderness adventure guiding company that has been in operation since the early 1970's. Their focus is on paddling trips in Northern Canada.

The first thing I noticed when I leafed through Camp Cooking is how visually beautiful the book is. Color photographs grace practically every page of the work. I really enjoy looking at it. That said, I did read the book through and I tested several recipes both at home and in the wilderness.

The Cranberry Almond Muffins were yummy. I made them with silicone muffin cups in my Outback Oven. My companions really liked the Peppered Pecans and the Peanut Butter Fudge. Of all the interesting creations in this book, my favorite was the Rockin' Moroccan Stew.

Now for the down sides. I was disappointed to see a recipe for boiling pasta seeing as that is usually on the side of the pasta package itself. The recipes were tasty but I was left wishing there had have been more of them as there are only about 60 recipes in the book.

The food packing chapter was more about how to pack a food barrel for water recreation and didn't really address the needs of a hiker. The other thing was that the pictures of paddling excursions were numerous yet the sample menu was for a hiking trip. As both a backpacker and canoeist I found this odd and think that a sample menu for a paddling trip would have been more appropriate here.

All in all, this is a well-done book but it is definitely geared to canoeists and kayakers.

© 2007 Laurie Ann March
use without the author's written permission is prohibited.

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