Smoke on the water

Rating: NNNHere's a slight number on the pleasures of canoe tripping and cooking outdoors, produced by Canada's largest woman-only.


Rating: NNN


Here’s a slight number on the pleasures of canoe tripping and cooking outdoors, produced by Canada’s largest woman-only adventure travel company.

Recipes For Wild Women does not aspire to be an everything-you-need-to-know-about-life-in-the-bush primer. It stays away from the physical rigours of camping to concentrate on the food.

The style is breezy — don’t expect intense confrontations with wildlife — and the recipes, full of fascinating ingredients, are infinitely doable on a campfire. You don’t have to be a goddess-loving wild woman to appreciate them.

Vegetarians of all kinds can get into the couscous, grilled eggplant sandwiches and yam curry, and there are vegan variations on many of the concoctions.

The information is useful and fun, including tips for the devoted planner on preparing dried mixes beforehand and advice on which personality to assign the peanut-crushing for the pad thai.

Paddle on.

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