Camping and Cooking Under the Stars

Book review by Kristina Sepetys

Headed into the beautiful California outdoors for a camping trip before the kids return to school? If so, you’ll enjoy this new guidebook with lists of essentials, activities, tips, colorful photographs, and most important, delicious recipes to help you get the most from your trip!

Camp Sunset: A Modern Camper’s Guide to the Great Outdoors
By the editors of Sunset magazine
(Oxmoor House, 2016)

The latest guidebook from Sunset magazine serves up 240 pages of all you need to know for the perfect overnight outdoor adventure. Geared toward car campers and day hikers, and especially toward those who may not have done much camping, the book includes planning tools like handy checklists, activities, games, gear advice, campground tips, and enough recipes to keep your crew fueled and satisfied. You’ll find child-friendly recipes like Hands-on Salad with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing and One-Pan Mac-‘n’ Cheese, which can be prepared at home. There are dishes to make on your camp stove too, like Camp Pizza with Sausage and Fontina and Sausage and Bean Dutch Oven Stew. Cowboy Hot Dogs, Italian-Style Hobo Bundles, Ember Roasted Vegetables, and Campfire Apple Crisp can all be prepared over a fire. You’ll probably want to at least prep, if not prepare, some of these tasty recipes at home before hitting the trail. Make a double batch of Peanut Butter Cranberry Go-Bars and get ready to hit the trail!