Chef Glenn McAllister
Food Dehydrating Expert & Author

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 twelve 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.

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Reader comments:

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

Short Bio

I grew up in rural Morris County, 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, but I was also attracted to business of the entrepreneurial sort. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, I settled in North Georgia, where I started several businesses.

Besides work, 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, I was a frequent volunteer at school activities, and family-time included a lot of playing in the woods and rivers.

For the past ten years, I have lived in Switzerland with my wife, Dominique. I am blessed with two daughters and two 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

Books by Chef Glenn McAllister

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

Home & Trail: An Introduction to Drying Food

All of the above publications are available here at

Chef Glenn McAllister in the News

Associated Press

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

Upscale Food and Gear Bring Campsite Cooking Out of the Wild

6 Backpacking Food Articles Introducing Food Dehydration to Scouts

Outside Magazine

Stop Wasting Money on Prepackaged Backpacking Food

Backpacker Magazine

How to Make Your Own Backpacking Meals

3 Perfect Ways to Upgrade Your Ramen

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

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