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Postby Derek Bullock » Fri Sep 28, 2007 6:39 pm

If you were to buy a book on Camp Oven Cooking what sort of things would you expect to find in it or what would you be looking to find.

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Postby CCC » Fri Sep 28, 2007 11:27 pm

The how to's and how not to's of camp ovens such as heat beads ... how many for what type of foods etc or how many for different temperatures or methods of cooking . seasoning them etc.

Then say sections of different main meals, deserts, and a huge section of different types of dampers :grin:

And try to keep all recipes Australianish. There are too many camp oven cook books on shelves and interenet sites that are too American.

And dont forget popcorn hehe
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Re: Camp Oven Cooking Books

Postby thenewme » Sat Sep 29, 2007 8:59 am

Just my 2 cents worth Derek, I have purchased 4 camping cooking/camp oven books, have listed in order of preference from a newbies prospective, hope the information helps you.

I think a most Authors forget about the Newbies, Ina Casburn book has shown me it's not all that hard, think she has used the KISS method (keep it simple stupid) think what most authors forget is that the people looking at these books have never had or have had very little exposure to camp ovens.

My favorite book

I purchased this book at Gosford Caravan Camping show

This book has a wealth of information for the Newbie

Wollondilly River Station
How to cook in a Camp Oven
Written by Ina Casburn
Cost $10.

Pet friendly bush camping and camp oven cooking.
Wombeyan Caves Rd via Mittagong 2575

This book has only 43 pages but the 43 pages are jammed packed with information, for those not sure about camp oven cooking it's great.

I would say she has produced and printed this book herself and to my way of thinking is a wonderful book for beginners.

Contents of the book is as follows

Wollondilly River Station - proprietors
How to select and buy a new camp oven
Cast iron camp ovens
Steel camp ovens
Cast aluminum camp ovens
How to clean and break in a new oven
Useful accessories, welding gloves, trays and plates.
Bake paper, Windshield
My camp oven has no legs
Cooking stand
Your fire, heatbeads
You can start your cooking, Check your temperature
What you don't do
Never hurry your cooking
weather conditions
Use your camp oven to it's full potential, cook on your lid!
Cleaning and maintenance
You can use your camp oven at home

Viv Moon's outdoor Cookbook cost me twenty odd dollars and is an interesting read, has 118 pages with lots of interesting tips and recipes

Has information on meal planning, food prepartion and packing
Quarantine regulations and checkpoints
Packing and storing fruit, vegetables, bread & eggs
General everyday food items
Campfire cooking items
General cooking items & utensils, also miscellaneous items
Outdoor cooking know how

Camp oven cooking made easy with Tommo, cost me $20 plus
63 pages in this book. 2nd time around I would not buy this book again

Has some good recipes but not a great number of them, really hate the though of paying for advertisments, in the front cover there is advertisments for IGS supermarkets, Middle of the book is an add for Brisbane Motor Camper Centre and on the back page Hyundai Terracan

Jack & Reg Absalom Outback Cooking in the Camp Oven, cost me twenty odd dollars and I am disappointed in it overall, 110 pages in this book.

The part of this book I really enjoyed was the funny stories section.
A lot of the recipes in this book are game meats, Kangaroo, Rabbit, Duck etc, can tell you I am not a hunting girl.

Even though this book has a large number of pages it does not have half the recipes of information that Viv Moon's book has.
2nd time around I would not buy this book either

Sorry about the long post Derek, just some thoughts from a Newbie camp oven cook

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Postby jasonb » Sat Sep 29, 2007 8:22 pm

i agree with ccc sounds the way too go
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Postby Kramer » Sun Sep 30, 2007 4:42 pm

Can you make it waterproof? I tend no to look after my books well and I have thrown out heaps due to them getting dirty or wet.
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Postby Golden_Daydreamer » Mon Oct 01, 2007 3:22 am

According to the web site, the book now has a laminated cover.

Here is a link to the book in question:
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Postby Komodo » Mon Oct 01, 2007 11:04 am

A couple of pages with pictures (in color!) on how to season a cast iron camp oven!
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