Pacific Adventures Press The Hungry Spork

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This is a very practical and useful book focused on…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $15

Summary

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.

Pros

  • Very easy to understand content
  • Provides useful information beyond just basic recipes
  • Good planning information

Cons

  • None

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 time this approach worked and I was generally happy from a food perspective, but this last summer I just wasn't getting into gnawing on the variety of energy bars I had in my pack, so I decided to invest some time in coming up with some better food options.

I follow the John Muir Trail (JMT) groups at Yahoo and on Facebook and noticed that several people mentioned a book called The Hungry Spork written by Inga Aksamit. Inga has a very good reputation with respect to her experience and knowledge of the JMT, so I went out and picked up a copy.

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The book is 201 pages, and is really packed with a lot of useful information in addition to a large number of specific recommendations for food/recipes to bring on a backcountry trip.

Here is a picture of the table of contents:

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While the table of contents may not look all that intriguing (this isn't a spy novel...), each chapter provides a lot of good information in a very clear and concise fashion that is easy to read and understand.

I really found chapter 3 titled "What's in Your Food" very interesting. Inga provided a very good discussion on carbohydrates, the glycemic index, in addition to several other topics and had a really good discussion on when you should be consuming your carbohydrates and proteins during the day so they provide you the greatest benefit.

I really have found this book useful as I start to plan the food for my trips this summer and would recommend it to anyone looking for very good information on planning food for a hike of only a few nights all the way up to doing the PCT.

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the review, Mike. Good luck planning your summer trips.


4 months ago

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