I bought this cookbook for my 20-year old son, but soon realized I would have to have one also. The first thing that drew me to this book were the wonderful trail photos. Spending a little more time with the book, I found the accompanying stories revealing themselves to be an added bonus. Then the actual cookbook part: The recipes call for basic staples affordable by the beginning household and easily identifiable by novice cooks, but produce full-flavored dishes. The directions are easy to understand and not too numerous, resulting in no frustration for the beginner and time-saving for all. This cookbook is not for those who want fancy-schmancy stuff, but a must for those who want good hearty food.