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Cookbook Review (and Giveaway!): Cabin Cooking by Kate Fiduccia

I often fantasize about being a prairie pioneer, cooking with Dutch ovens and lard, coals and fires. What can I say? I’m a little strange that way. So I love camping season when I can spend time with a low fire, some hot coals, and a slow-cooked meal. I’ve never really found camping cookbooks to my liking. Most of them focus on ingredients and methods that turn camping cookery into a modified form of 21st century cooking, while I want to do the reverse.

When I found Cabin Cooking by Kate Fiduccia, I knew I’d found the real thing. I was eager to try out the recipes and Skyhorse Publishing was kind enough to send me a copy* so I could do just that. They’re also giving away a copy to one of you! Read all the way to the end to find out how to enter the giveaway.

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Cabin Cooking includes recipes for anytime of day on the trail, at the campsite, or in the cabin–from breakfast, to dinner, to desserts. It’s all here. The recipes are thoughtfully laid out with an eye to advance preparation of things that can be done at home. The instructions are written for a variety of cooking methods so that you can prepare a dish no matter what your “kitchen” looks like. Most importantly, the recipes use Real Food ingredients, something that I found lacking in other camping cookery books. 

The recipes include a few black and white photos and illustrations, and there is a nice section of well-done color photos in the center of the book. Scattered among the recipes are little tidbits and tips about wild foods, foraging, and hunting. 

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Cabin Cooking will be especially welcome to hunters who find themselves with an abundance of fresh game meat. From venison to rabbit to grouse, this cookbook has campfire recipes for it. There are also plenty of dishes for those of us who don’t hunt (or know a hunter), and you can always use, say, chicken instead of grouse. Even so, I’m eager to welcome a hunter into my circle of friends (any volunteers?), so that I can broaden the scope of my campfire cooking.

Our family tested out this cookbook in a cabin in Nebraska. I had planned two meals from it: Dog ‘n Bean Casserole, and Campfire Stew with Bread on a Stick. I had intended to cook both of them over a campfire, but it rained both nights I was cooking. Alas, all of it ended up being cooked on the little electric stove in our cabin, even the Bread on a Stick, which I turned into little pancake-type patties.

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Although this was disappointing for me, it was a good test of the recipes. My philosophy is that a good camping recipe will taste good, no matter what tools you have at hand to prepare and cook it. This cabin kitchen was ill-equipped and I ended up chopping carrots and onions with a dinner knife on a plastic plate. There were very few pots and pans to choose from, so I often found myself with a too-big or too-small pot. It was obvious that most people who rented this cabin were probably reheating, not cooking. Even so, the whole family proclaimed all the food delicious. I found it easy and adaptable to prepare. We were all happy campers. 

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Skyhorse Publishing is giving away a free copy of Cabin Cooking to one lucky winner. To enter:

Review posts are my opinions on items that were sent to me free of charge. The items were given to me, but the thoughts and opinions are my own. I only provide reviews of items that I find to be truly worthy of recommendation.

Print Recipe

Dog ‘N Bean Casserole

The author notes: This is a camp standard that I prepare often, whether we’ve pitched a tent or are just stopping for a quick camp lunch on the trail. It seems to please everyone.

Source: Cabin Cooking by Kate Fiduccia

Course: Main (Beef)

 

Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb bacon chopped
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 lb. hot dog sliced
  • 1 can (15 ½ oz.) kidney beans drained
  • 1 can (11oz.) pork and beans
  • 1 can (15 ½ oz.) navy beans drained
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • You will also need:
  • Dutch Oven

Directions

  1. For Dutch Oven Cooking: Prepare campfire; preheat Dutch oven lid in coals. In Dutch oven, brown bacon over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Drain off excess fat. Sauté onion in remaining fat until translucent. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Place preheated lid on Dutch oven. Position Dutch Oven over small bed of coals; place additional hot coals on top of lid. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes.
  2. For Camp or Home Cooking in an Oven: Heat oven to 325˚F. Fry bacon and onion as directed above. Combine all ingredients in casserole dish. Cover and bake for 55 minutes.

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  • Would love to win this cookbook and get back to down-home roots cooking. Looks great! Reply
    Cathy S. September 30, 2013 AT 11:34 am
     
  • This cookbook looks really good. I love "camping" food. Reply
    Aroha September 30, 2013 AT 12:19 pm
     
  • These recipes look like something my family would love! Reply
    Heather September 30, 2013 AT 1:03 pm
     
  • My husband is an avid bird/deer hunter so I would love this cookbook. We have lots of pheasant, grouse, and venison in our freezer!!! Reply
    Renee U. September 30, 2013 AT 7:26 pm
     
  • I have a real passion for cast iron, camp fire sorts of cookbooks and this one sounds like a real winner that belongs in my collection! Reply
    kathleen viviano October 1, 2013 AT 5:08 am
     
  • This book would be awesome for my family. We are avid cooks and hunters. In fact my dad and brother are headed out for a weekend of cabin living and hunting in a few weeks. I'd love it if they had a recipe book I could send with then that they might actually use! Reply
    Sarah October 1, 2013 AT 6:33 am
     
  • This looks amazing. We do a lot of camping and could really use this book. Thank you for opportunity to win it. Good luck everyone. Reply
    Kris Philpot October 1, 2013 AT 6:41 am
     
  • I would love to win this book. I love to camp and cook... this cookbook would be so fun to try out!! Reply
    Tonya F. October 1, 2013 AT 8:15 am
     
  • Looks like a neat cookbook! Love the pics you posted of the recipes. Nothing like cooking from scratch! Reply
    bunkie October 1, 2013 AT 9:34 am
     
  • I love this recipe, the pictures of the casserole look very tasty; it's the reason why I want this cookbook! Reply
    Janet T October 1, 2013 AT 12:45 pm
     
  • I think it would be very handy for cooking out on our property! Reply
    Ruth October 1, 2013 AT 1:52 pm
     
  • Looking forward to trying out this cookbook and sharing it with my family. Reply
    Michelle K October 2, 2013 AT 12:43 pm
     
  • Sounds awesome. I'm eager to try it out! Reply
    Laura October 2, 2013 AT 1:00 pm
     
  • I love to cook and love to camp. This sounds perfect! Reply
    Jennie B October 2, 2013 AT 2:10 pm
     
  • I would love this! The recipes sound delicious! Reply
    Leslie October 2, 2013 AT 5:01 pm
     
  • We camp lots and I am always looking for easy recipes... would love to try these! Reply
    Jennifer Graves October 2, 2013 AT 6:00 pm
     
  • This cookbook would be great for my family. Not only do we have our own cabin in the woods but we live in the country and enjoy outdoor cooking both places. Reply
    A. States October 2, 2013 AT 6:12 pm
     
  • It looks like an awesome book. We go camping often and would love some new recipes. Reply
    Cynthia October 2, 2013 AT 7:21 pm
     
  • I'm going camping in a couple weeks! I would love some inspiration! Reply
    Patty B October 3, 2013 AT 1:55 pm
     
  • I want to win this cookbook cause we camp and RV a lot, so this would be a great book to own Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net Reply
    Carolsue October 3, 2013 AT 8:11 pm
     
  • I just started cooking with cast iron, I received my first set for my birthday last month (and my first burnt fingers!) But I love cooking with it! Reply
    Kim M. October 4, 2013 AT 3:42 pm
     
  • I also want the book because these look like yummy, easy to make recipes Reply
    Carolsue October 5, 2013 AT 3:14 am
     
  • Kate's books consistently provide "real recipes" that are made to be eaten and not looked at! The recipes, in this book especially, are straight forward and easy to do in an electric frying pan or at a camp fire with a minimum of utensils. The greater majority of the people whom I associate with are outdoorsmen (and women). Between this book and Kate's previous book titled "Venison Recipes" I have gifted easily two dozen copies, each of the dozens of "Debbie Approved" designations along with the modifications which we recommend! They are especially beneficial for couples where one of them is not from a family background used to preparing or cooking wild game. Most "City People" don't understand that when you harvest wild game in the field, it doesn't have to be killed a second time on the grill or in the pan! We have a tradition at our home that on many Saturday's I have my wife pick out a recipe and on Sunday I make it and keep her wine glass full! Kate's books are a must have for anyone who has access to wild game! Reply
    Steve Van Lieshout May 17, 2014 AT 7:29 am
     
 
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