The top cookbooks, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on April 18, 2018. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Cookbook Reviews

Pacific Adventures Press The Hungry Spork

rated 4 of 5 stars This is a very practical and useful book focused on long distance hiker meal planning, but is also just as useful to anyone who goes out on multi-day trips. I have never been a real foodie, so when I go out on multi-day trips I generally don't spend much time planning for what food I'll bring which means I end up with tortillas, energy bars, nuts and candy bars, etc.  I also stopped bringing a stove a long time ago to save weight, so I don't have any hot food or drinks during a trip. For the longest… Full review

Backpacking Food: Recipes, Rations, Stoves and Storage by Andrew Skurka

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Recipes, cookware, and tips for the UL-minded, much of which will also prove useful at other comfort levels. Ultra-hiker Andrew Skurka condenses his many thousands of miles worth of trail food wisdom into this little (37 page) book. I am reviewing the "Pre-edition v2" which I purchased as a $5 pdf file in early 2016. As of June 2017 the project still seems to be in the pre-edition phase (you can get the pdf here). The book opens with brief, first-person accounts of some "food-related mistakes" Skurka… Full review

Globe Pequot Lipsmackin' Backpackin'

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Lipsmackin' Backpackin' is a look at the recipes and menu planning of the Long Distance Backpacker. The book takes you from Breakfast to Drinks and all in between. The recipes are easy to follow and instructions, but the key item you will need is a dehydrator to put together your meals. They also have a page on meal systems for people who like to plan by the day. CopyRight: 2000  ISBN:13-978-1-56044-881-5 I've had Lipsmackin' Backpackin' for well over a year. It's been one of the many cookbooks… Full review

Random House The Well-Fed Backpacker

rated 5 of 5 stars Great cookbook for the backpacker! I wouldn't use the term 'glamping' to describe our backpacking outings, however we do put a great deal of thought into our meals while on the trail. I have other books that mainly discuss the use of a dehydrator, this book is different. June Fleming discusses backpackers needs from top to bottom: nutrition, packing, cooking, camp setup. She discusses where to get certain ingredients and how to use them in conjunction. This book doesn't have a massive amount of… Full review

Bay Street Publishing Freezer Bag Cooking Volume 1: Trail Food Made Simple

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Simple backpacking food recipes — just add hot water! This way of camp cooking was new to me, having done little camping for years. Now I am gung-ho to give it a try after reading these simple recipes. I've taste-tested some and am eager to set up my meals for planned June camping/canoe trip! Did run into a few ingredients that are had to find...example: Lipton no longer makes tomato flavor cupa-soup. Also, some of the recipes include off-the-shelf items that I would not use as they contain MSG. Full review

Falcon Guides Cooking in the Outdoors

rated 4 of 5 stars Not so much a recipe book but rather a methods and skills focus. I have a number of outdoors oriented cooking guides. Some are mostly recipe books while some are more general and skill oriented. This book is very much skill oriented and geared towards how to dehydrate your own trail foods and how to find and utilize grocery store supplies suitable for backcountry use.  I really like Cliff's writing style, although I can see how some would find it to be a tad bit goofy. In fact I bought a copy… Full review

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Globe Pequot Lipsmackin' Backpackin'
$10 - $16
Lodge A Skillet Full Cookbook
Wilderness Press Another Fork in the Trail: Vegetarian & Vegan Recipes for the Backcountry
The Mountaineers Books Beyond Gorp: Favorite Foods from Outdoor Experts
Random House Wild Edibles: A Practical Guide to Foraging
NOLS Backcountry Cooking
Wilderness Press Wilderness Ranger Cookbook
Globe Pequot Lipsmackin' Vegetarian Backpackin'
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Random House The Well-Fed Backpacker
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Bay Street Publishing Freezer Bag Cooking Volume 1: Trail Food Made Simple
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Pacific Adventures Press The Hungry Spork
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Falcon Guides Cooking in the Outdoors
$10 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Backpacking Food: Recipes, Rations, Stoves and Storage by Andrew Skurka
Stackpole Books Backpack Gourmet
Skratch Labs Feed Zone Portables
Heliconia Press The Paddling Chef
Heliconia Press Camp Cooking - The Black Feather Guide
The Mountaineers Books Chow Baby! The Traveler's Guide to Cheap, Healthy Cooking
$13 MSRP
Homepress Publishers How To Dry Foods
Random House The Great American Camping Cookbook
Falcon Guides The Scout's Outdoor Cookbook
$20 MSRP
Paradise Kay Publications Campground Cookery
The Mountaineers Books More Backcountry Cooking
$17 MSRP
NOLS Cookery
Globe Pequot Cooking The Dutch Oven Way
$13 MSRP
The Mountaineers Books Backcountry Cooking
$18 MSRP
Heliconia Press Camp Cooking: Eating Well in the Wild
Falcon Guides Campsite Cooking
$13 MSRP
McGraw-Hill Outdoor Dutch Oven Cookbook
Lodge Cast Iron Cooking Cookbook