A staple diet on the trail, while easy to turn to when you can’t be arsed thinking, can sometimes get boring and repetitive.
Don’t get me wrong – I still love my Continental Pasta with my sachet of Tuna – but every so often I do like something different.
Especially, when I’m able to cook it from scratch which can often be time-consuming when you’re in the process of organising an overnight trip.
The Xtreme Gourmet cookbook is an outdoor cookbook containing “high energy, lightweight recipes for the outdoor enthusiast” written by NSW based outdoor enthusiast Sonya Muhlsimmer.
One thing definitely worth mentioning about Sonya and this book is that everything is coming from a point of authority and years of experience.
Not only is she a qualified chef of around 15 years, but she also has a degree in Food Science.
In short – Sonya knows what she is talking about when it comes to food.
Straight away what I like about this book is that the first 40 pages are packed full of information ranging from food basics through to the five core food groups.
In my opinion, this sets the tone for the book and is a great lead into the book’s recipes which are conveniently categorised into breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts, and drinks.
She has also included a shopping list and recipe index at the back of the book, as well as each recipe’s method of cooking (these are also found in the recipes themselves).
Each recipe has been structured specifically for hiking and camping in the sense that certain parts of the meal are separated in different bags.
And for all the vegetarians reading this, Sonya has taken your needs into account and included vegetarian alternatives in most recipes.
While I don’t have any other outdoor cookbook to compare to, I can’t help but feel that the Xtreme Gourmet cookbook is one that every hiker and camper should be using.
Again, while I’m still a huge fan of the meals produced by Campers Pantry, Go Native and On Track Heat and Eat and believe they certainly have a place in the outdoor industry, I’m also a believer in alternatives.
And I believe that this alternative can be found with the recipes in the Xtreme Gourmet outdoor cookbook.
Keep an eye out for my next blog where I recently cooked up the Pasta Mornay recipe that features in this book.