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Feast on Adventure


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Practical recipes for backpackers looking to simplify their meals on the trail.

Most backpacking cookbooks just don't hit the mark. Homemade bread and peppers stuffed with bacon and eggs all sounds great. But when I'm in the wilderness, I'm honestly not looking for an elegant culinary experience. I'm interested in lightweight, easy to cook, high caloric food with a little bit of taste. This is exactly what Feast on Adventure by Paul Shipman delivers.

After years of simply throwing a bunch of uninspired ramen noodle bricks into my backpack minutes before leaving the house for a backpacking trip, I decided to give some of Shipman's recipes a try. I was pleased with the results. Preparation at home is as simple as a few minutes of combining ingredients in a bag. Once on the trail, all it takes is boiling water to turn it into a tasty meal. As a vegan, I was happy to find that every recipe could be easily modified to remove all meat and dairy from it and still be delicious. It even includes fun international dishes like Indian Masala, Pad Thai, and Moroccan Tagine.

But Shipman doesn't stop with just recipes. He also gives detailed information on where to find all of the ingredients (providing products on specific websites) seeing as many of them are not regularly stocked on grocery store shelves. As a seasoned backpacker, I was surprised at how much I learned from this book.

The only downside is that it isn't larger with even more recipes. But luckily Shipman writes a bit about the formula he uses for most of his creations. This along with his list of ingredients allows you to produce your own excellent concoctions to keep you fueled while hiking.

I recommend this cookbook to any backpacker or traveler that wants to add some variety to their meals on the go. It's easy to use and will allow you to focus your time on enjoying the trip rather than worrying about meals.

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I spend my free time outside, exploring nature any way I can. My bookshelf is filled with nonfiction adventure travel, historical exploration, local history, and the environment.


You’ve spent a long day hiking, climbing or paddling. You need a dinner that will give you the energy to do it all again tomorrow. Wouldn’t it be nice if it could taste great and be ready in minutes? Feast on Adventure proves that good food can be lightweight, convenient, and delicious.

The field-tested recipes in this book are motivated by my family’s dietary restrictions. Our quest for delicious, flavourful meals that are portable, low-mess, and free of undesirable ingredients led me to develop my own process of converting conventional recipes into single-serving backpacking dishes using freeze-dried, dehydrated, and instant foods. These trail meals are light, quick to rehydrate, and shelf-stable.

Feast on Adventure guides you through the world of freeze-dried, dehydrated, and instant foods with over forty diverse backcountry recipes. You’ll also learn how to turn your own family favourites into non-perishable camping meals. You’ll be able to customize any trail meal to meet your personal needs, managing dietary restrictions, such as allergies, intolerances, and preferences.

Preparing for an emergency? Feast on Adventure will show you how you can best use your stockpile of emergency food reserves to set out a five-star meal for your family when disaster strikes.

About the author

Paul Shipman is passionate about food, cooking, and the outdoors . He is a paddle instructor and erstwhile trip leader located in Winnipeg, MB. 

The Canadian Shield provides the landscape for his adventures, while the cuisine of Winnipeg’s cultural melting pot informs his palate and recipes. view profile

Published on March 22, 2021

20000 words

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Genre: Sports & Outdoors

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