Trail Fuel

40 Quick & Easy Recipes for Wilderness Backpacking

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Publisher Description

A collection of recipes for wilderness backpacking from the host of the popular podcast, The First 40 Miles.

Trail Fuel: 40 Quick & Easy Recipes for Wilderness Backpacking

My first experience with preparing food for a backpacking trip was when my husband was prepping for his first backpacking trip since his time as a boy scout.  He explained, “All I know is that I need foods that are calorie dense.”

Because of the length and intensity of the trip, he needed human rocket fuel.

Over the course of a few days, we planned his menu, put together calorie-dense meals, and tried to give enough variety for the five day adventure.

Then something happened that I never expected.

I was invited to go.

With only a week to prepare, I did a crash course in backpacking.  I loaded up my pack with all the necessities of life—plus some of those calorie dense foods that I had picked out for Josh only days before. And we were off! It was a week of peanut butter packets, granola bars, M&Ms, dehydrated dinners, and beautiful vistas!

What makes great backpacking food?

It's calorie-dense.

It's shelf-stable.

It's simple to prepare.

It's a good mix of naughty and nice.

It's adaptable and idiot-proof.

Whether you're new to backpacking or you’ve been on more trails than you can shake a trekking pole at, this cookbook will inspire you to rethink the essentials, lighten your load, and make the most of your time on the trail.

Tags: backpacking for beginners, wilderness backpacking, hiking, camping, food, recipes, cookbook, meals.

Cookbooks, Food & Wine
November 29
Heather Legler
Heather Legler

Customer Reviews

Camping Brian ,

Great recipes and advice, perfectly delivered.

Having been a fan of their podcast, I was very excited to learn of the cookbook. And it does not disappoint!
They bring to the cookbook the same warmth that they bring to their show. Field-tested recipient, it is authoritative without being preachy. "This is what worked for us, but please experiment and figure out what works for you."
Unlike a lot of cookbooks that I've seen, this one actually acknowledges the fact that I'll be carrying everything around in my pack, but doesn't sacrifice flavor!
Much like I look forward to their podcast every week, I'm looking forward to planning next seasons adventures with this book in hand!

Oscarb9 ,

Great and easy recipes!

Looking for ideas to prepare your own delicious meals in the backcountry? Tired of dehydrated meals while camping? If so, this is the book for you. The book is filled with great recipes and instructions on what will be needed to cook them in the backcountry. It contains recipes for breakfast, trail food (lunch), dinner and my favorite, desserts! Some of my favorite recipes are "Microwave Beef Jerky", "Super Easy Mac and Cheesy" and "Macaroons". I highly recommend this book and even if you don't have any cooking skills, the recipes are easy to make.

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