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The Chefs of
A Fishing and Hunting Camp Cookbook

By Mike Lane and Chefs of RodnReel
ISBN: 1589805534
Publisher: Pelican
Publication date: April 2008
Format: Spiral-bound softcover
List price: $19.95
Type: Single subject: Fishing/Camping; Regional: Southern
Sample recipe: Coconut Shrimp
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Apparent goal: stocking stuffer sampler comprehensive coffee-table Biblical stature
Competition: outclassed follower in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Variety: too little too much unusual nice mix just right
# of recipes: <50 <100 <200 <300 ≥300
Practical recipes: <20% <40% <60% <80% ≥80%
# of ingredients: ≤4 ≤7 ≤10 ≤12 >12
Ingredient hunt: 7-Eleven airfare required online pantry supermarket
Recipe complexity: too hard simple medium challenging professional
Instructions: inadequate verbose bare-bones full-figured educational
Time conscious: unconscious outright lies white lies realistic honorable
Cooking time: weekend project takes all day takes time ≥30 minutes <30 minutes
Added info: zip overwhelming scant balanced generous
Photos/drawings: none distracting decorative instructive glorious
Recipe results: ≤dorm food casual food family meals fancy food fit for royalty
Nutritional info: none overwhelming hit or miss adequate comprehensive
Tone: food police intense neutral supportive comforting
Result: guilt-inducing heavy-handed balanced encouraging inspiring
Format/Ease of Use
Layout: ugh cluttered fine considerate work of art
Legibility: unpleasant challenging tolerable clear brilliant
Production quality: cheesy dubious years of service gift quality stunning
Page numbers: non-existent hard-to-find spotty sufficient every page
Table of contents: AWOL frustrating passable useful excellent
Index quality: none tragic adequate good a treasure
Page flipping: upsetting tedious acceptable rare never
Writer: beginner food writer writing cook personality auteur
Cook: unknown self-taught chef teacher celebrity
Fulfills ambitions: falls short almost there satisfactory exceeds home run
Flavor delivered: sad inconsistent tasty delicious exceptional
Overall tone: sterile trying too hard straightforward best friend mom
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it good very good great Ochef Top 100

Comments: At heart, this is just like a community or church cookbook. In this case, the congregation of contributors is about 100 readers of the Web site, and most or all appear to be from the South.

This is not specifically a fishing/hunting cookbook, since only a few dishes are meant to be cooked over a campfire. Some are way too complicated for wilderness preparation, some have upwards of two dozen ingredients, and some require refrigeration. (We're guessing quite a few of these fisher/cook/contributors take the Winnebago on their adventures!)

Possibly a majority of the recipes have nothing to do with what you might have caught and/or don't even incorporate things you might try to catch – ranging from appetizers and breakfast foods to sauces and desserts and from jellies and drinks to breads and salads. Clearly though, a good portion of the book is given over to seafood, game, meat, and poultry, whether you caught it or not. (There's also a friendly little chapter on dog biscuits.)

Lots and lots of brand-specific ingredients are called for, and, unless you live in certain parts of the South, you are going to have to go online to find some of them. Other recipes include ingredients that probably should be specified by brand – what is lemon-pepper marinade, for example? There are a least a dozen different versions available online

As with any community cookbook, the recipes here are pretty inconsistent. Some – the fried fish nuggets that incorporate a can of condensed milk and the hot chocolate mix – look horrible. Others have us drooling.


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