Everyone who knows me just a little bit, knows that I love to eat. I don’t, however, love to cook. It gives me stress not quite knowing how much of what I need to put in the pan at what moment. I don’t have the patience to chop vegetables in tiny pieces. Water never boils fast enough for me.
The thing I struggle with most though, is not always cooking the same thing. Especially when I’m traveling and staying at a rental apartment I always end up going for the easy solution: salads, pasta and anything that you can just put in the micro wave. As I don’t like to cook I definitely don’t feel like spending an hour in the kitchen everyday while I’m traveling.
Easy, quick meals by The Backpacker Chef
In comes The Backpacker Chef. In this little book traveler Jacqui Treagus shares easy, quick meal recipes for on the road.
What’s it about and who is it for?
The Backpacker Chef aims to solve the problems of those who aren’t that experienced in cooking, but do want to prepare some healthy meals while on the road. It’s specifically written for travelers who are staying in hostels. The book is full of recipes that
- only require basic ingredients that you’ll find practically everywhere
- are put together in such a way that you won’t have a ton of leftovers
- don’t require a lot of fancy cooking utensils
- are easy and quick to prepare
- are based on cheap ingredients
- go beyond pizza and microwave meals, to ensure you have enough energy to go out and explore
- will allow you to impress fellow travelers, or maybe that one special traveler you’ve met
Besides that, The Backpacker Chef also contains some basic cooking lessons, like how to cook pasta, steak, chicken and some accompaniments.
How about the recipes?
This book contains recipes for breakfast, side dishes, soup, lunch and dinner. There’s a section with cold dishes for when you have no fire to cook and a section entirely dedicated to pasta sauces. My favorite section is the one with the one-pan recipes, as they also solve the problem of being left with a lot of dishes to do after your meal.
Other useful stuff
Lastly, The Backpacker Chef also shares some things that are good to know, like what not to put in a microwave, what certain vegetables are called around the world and what small ingredients are useful to always carry with you.
Some of the recipes in The Backpacker Chef won’t be new to anyone, like those for pancakes or scrambled eggs. However, the strength of this book lies in that it gives you a ton of ideas for dishes and combinations you otherwise might not have thought of. If you’re a seasoned cook this is probably not for you, but if you often struggle for dinner inspiration or haven’t mastered the basics of cooking just yet, then this little book might come in handy.
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