Robert Young, a famous actor in the 70’s, played the lead in a TV series called, "Marcus Welby, M.D." Young’s trustworthy persona enabled him to do commercials as well. As he began his pitch of Sanka-brand coffee as an aid to sleep, he'd say, “I'm not a doctor, although I play one on TV.”
When I started Backpacking Chef in 2008, I similarly said, “I’m not a chef, but I play one on the Internet.” I figured I would grow into the job.
With apologies to working chefs, I gave myself the trail name, Chef
Glenn. The idea was that anybody could become a backpacking chef. I
imagined putting "Chef" in front of the first names
of everybody who transitioned from eating freeze-dried meals to creating homemade backpacking meals using healthy ingredients.
In the thirteen years since I
took the first ninety dehydrated meals for a 315-mile test hike on the
Appalachian Trail, my interest in developing backpacking recipes using
dehydrated food continues.
Every month, I send out a newsletter, Trail Bytes, to twelve thousand subscribers. Each edition includes step-by-step instructions for making dehydrated meals.
Get a free e-book when you subscribe: Home & Trail: An Introduction to Drying Food.
Dear Chef Glenn,
What an awesome gift. Receiving your downloadable book made my day. I will be able to begin my dehydrating experience. Making meals for day hikes and longer backpacking will be a great winter project. Thank you again. -Ginger
THANK YOU so much for this. Passing on knowledge about stuff like this is invaluable! -Tra
This guide looks awesome, Glenn! Thanks so much. I also regularly share your newsletters with my hiking friends who do not yet know about you and encourage them to get your books and newsletter. –Abra
My sincere thanks to you for another year of superlative recipes and your wealth of experiences you provide us! -Jeff
I grew up in northern New Jersey, in a neighborhood built on a former dairy farm. There were plenty of woodlots and streams for a boy to explore. My favorite topics in school were the sciences. I headed south to the University of Georgia for college, and later settled in North Georgia.
To stay connected to nature, I served on the board of the Upper Etowah River Alliance. My primary role was leading hikes and canoe trips, but I also got certified as a Georgia Adopt-A-Stream water quality tester. When my kids were young, family-time included lot's of camping and playing in rivers and lakes.
For the past twelve years, I have lived in Switzerland with my wife, Dominique. I am blessed with two daughters and three granddaughters in Georgia, plus a loving second family in Switzerland. Dominique and I hike regularly – usually with a hot thermos meal made with healthy, dehydrated ingredients.
Chef Glenn & Dominique
Recipes for Adventure: The Ultimate Guide to Dehydrating Food for the Trail
Recipes for Adventure II: The Best of Trail Bytes
1001 Miles on the Appalachian Trail
The Menu Planning & Food Drying Workbook
The Action Guide: Dehydrating 31 Meals
This article was published in the Washington Post and numerous regional newspapers.
Eating well on the trail: Hikers dehydrate home-cooked meals
New York Times
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Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine
A.T. Chef Dishes Tips and Best Backpacking Recipes
Seattle Backpackers Magazine
Unstuffing Mom's Stuffed Peppers
Review of Recipes for Adventure
Hunt Backcountry Podcast
Interview with Chef Glenn: Do-It-Yourself Dehydrated Meals
National Parks Traveler Podcast
Episode 198 | Chef Glenn McAllister Discusses Food Dehydration
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