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Recipes sought: Wheat berries

I’m looking for camping recipes (or recipes that could be modified for camping) featuring wheat berries.

Parameters: I’m not partial to sweets and prefer savory one-pot dishes.

If you can either provide recipes or direct me to recipes of this nature, please share.

Thank you!

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Death on the Barrens

Barrens

Death on the Barrens:  A True Story of Courage and Tragedy in the Canadian Arctic

by George James Grinnell

First published January 1, 2009 by North Atlantic Books

Rating:  * * *

The author, one of six young men on an ill-advised, poorly planned Arctic trip in the 1950s resulting in the death of the trip leader, recounts the experience from the distance of 50 years.

This is a memoir, not an autobiography.  Rather than focusing on the events of the trip, the book is about the participants:  their hubris, expectations, hopes, fears, anxieties, and reactions to the changing conditions throughout the journey.  As should be expected, the author’s experience is front and center, with descriptions of the other participants adding context.  Grinnell strays into rants from time to time, but since the chapters are all quite short it’s easy to move on.

This is a quick read that will leave you shaking your head.  I recommend reading it.

If you like this book, you may also like Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer.

Heartburn

Heartburn by Nora Ephron, read by Meryl Streep

Rating:  * * * *

This is a laugh-out-loud story of surviving the breakup of a marriage.

I highly recommend this recording just to hear Meryl Streep bring it to life.  I wouldn’t have found the story half as funny had I read it in print:  Streep’s inflections and timing bring out humor I would certainly have missed from the cast of self-indulgent characters.

Ephron penned many popular screenplays, including Sleepless in Seattle.  The first print edition of Heartburn was published in 1983.  This audio recording was released in 2013.

If you like this, you may also like Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen.

Camping’s Top Secrets

Camping’s Top Secrets by Cliff Jacobson

Rating:  * * * *

A compilation of useful tips for everything from treating hypothermia and blisters to packing sourdough starter for a trip to sewing cozies for cooking pots.  I have the 2nd edition, copyright 1998, but there is at least one subsequent version.  These are great tips, detailed but not exhaustive.  Other books by Jacobson provide greater detail on almost everything in this book.  I look  through this book about once a year and focus on something I’ve only skimmed before.

Lip Smackin’ Vegetarian Backpackin’

Lip Smackin’ Vegetarian Backpackin’ by Christine & Tim Conners

Rating:  * * * *

The original Lipsmackin’ Backpackin’ is my first and most-used camping cookbook (5 of 5 star rating), but this is a close second. The at-home and at-camp instructions are clear and concise. Recipes range from extremely simple to quite advanced, and also range from no cooking time at all to requiring several hours to prepare. Useful tips and tricks are included.  Serving size and nutritional info are included.

I use these recipes for both canoe camping and car camping, as well as lunches for work.

If you like this book, you might also like A Fork in the Trail by Laurie Ann March.

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