Healthy, Hearty & Homemade Backpacking Recipes

The Ultimate Guide to Dehydrating Food for the Trail

In Recipes for Adventure: Healthy, Hearty & Homemade Backpacking Recipes, I show you how to dehydrate a wide variety of healthy food and how to create backpacking meals for your next adventure. Homemade trail meals are easy to prepare and memorably delicious.

  • Step-by-step instructions with over 200 full-color photos.
  • Over 75 backpacking recipes for meals, snacks and desserts.
  • Create unlimited variations of the recipes by interchanging different meats and vegetables.
  • Dehydrate fruits, vegetables, meats, scrambled eggs and more.
  • Dehydrate potatoes, beans and corn into bark, my “secret” ingredient in flavorful and saucy backpacking meals.
  • Comfortably carry a week’s worth of dried meals securely with well-organized food packing techniques.
  • Cook trail meals with nothing more than a small pot, stove and spoon.
Breakfasts

Scrambled Eggs with Ham & Cheese, Sweet Potato Bark Porridge, Pizza Grits and more…

Lunches

Fish & Chips Chowder, Ratatouille, BBQ Bean Bark Stew, Taco Mac & Cheese and more…

Dinners

Chicken Cacciatore, Beef & Bean Chili, Spicy Shrimp Chowder,  Mexican Beef & Rice, Kickin Veggie Mac & Cheese, Seafood Raminara, Unstuffed Peppers, Easy Cheesy Rice & Beans and more…

Sides

Peas & Carrots, Cheddar Mashed Potatoes, Fruit Cocktail, Mashed Sweet Potatoes and more…

Desserts

Banana-Mango Pudding, Rice Pudding, Pineapple Upside Down Cake and more…

Snacks

Dried Fruit, Sweet Potato Bark, Pumpkin Pie Bark, and more…

The e-book:

Purchase Recipes for Adventure as an e-book and you will immediately receive it as a PDF download. Save it so you can refer to it whenever you need it.

The e-book can be viewed on computers and mobile devices using the free Adobe Reader apps.

Photos are always on the left-hand pages and instructions and recipes are on the right-hand pages. Viewing it with two pages on the screen gives you the complete picture. Print out recipes as needed.

Navigate the e-book easily with the clickable Table of Contents.

Above: 2-page view of e-book on computer screen.

The Print Edition:

The Print Edition has the same content and color photos as the e-book.

The page size (8½ by 11) is twice the size of the e-book pages, so more content is printed on each page.

Colorful design elements define the sections.

“I made the Root Bark Stew. AMAZING! I had no idea I could dehydrate this kind of stuff. “Wet” stuff. You opened my eyes to a whole new world.” –DS

"I just started reading through Recipes for Adventure  and I LOVE IT! You've already answered so many questions for me, many that I didn't even know I had. Thanks so much for a great resource." –Katie

“Just a quick note, IT'S AWESOME! Looks great, worth the wait.” –RP

“This is fantastic! Thank you for all the hard work.” –SC

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More Reader Comments:

"I just wanted to thank you again for your wonderful book. Your recipes and methods for making meals have become very popular amongst my kayaking and hiking friends. I have been asked to put together food for several trips and the requests keep coming in.  The book is easy to follow and the pictures always match what I make.  I recommend your book to everyone.  My absolute favorite meal is the ramen noodles and kraut.  I was just loading my Excalibur with a load of polenta eggs for my famous breakfast egg burritos and just had to "call" to say thanks." -Debbie

"I cannot thank you enough for assembling such a terrific volume of information! Your notes have already completely changed the way my husband and I camp and hike. Our new dream now is to experiment with long distance sailing so this information will be extremely useful for that activity as well.  The book is very complete, thoughtfully organized, and wonderfully detailed." –Kellie

"Just a big thank you for all the work you do to keep the vision going. I bought your book right away and it simply is the BEST food resource available for the backpacker and home cook for that matter.  I bought a motorcycle last September and the Son-In Law and I are going to spend a few days camping off the bikes this summer and definitely will take my dehydrated meals along." –Mark

"I've done some extensive camping in several states, Canada and South America, as well as canoeing the boundary waters. Preparing, storing and packing food is always a challenge. You have THE BEST tips, guides, recipes, etc, I've ever seen. My future trips will be significantly more enjoyable from now on because of what you've put out here. AWESOME job!" –Harold

Reader Reviews

“I am a lover of the outdoors but new to ultra light activities – kayaking Voyageurs National Park, canoeing the BWCA, hiking the Grand Canyon. Your ingenious tips for dehydration, packaging and recipes have enhanced and improved my experience tremendously.” – KW


“I purchased this book a month before my first backpacking trip. My biggest concern about backpacking was having to eat unhealthy, over- processed preservative laden backpacking food. Even the organic brand I found had maltodextrin in it. After reading Chef Glenn's book and understanding how easy (and FUN) it would be to make my own, I purchased an Excaliber 9-tray dehydrator, some silicone tray liners (for making 'barks'), healthy ingredients, and went to work. What I loved about this book was the information and tips he provided to convert your own favorite recipes into trail meals. An example of this would be dehydrating chicken meat. The rehydrated results are tough and chewy, but using canned chicken, because it has been pressure-cooked works great. I have to say, I am not a fan of canned anything, but when I found canned cage-free organic chicken, so I experimented with my favorite white bean chili (my recipe). The results were awesome.

One last thought: while reading this book it became very apparent that Chef Glenn's mission is about sharing his passion for delicious food and combining that with his passion for the outdoors. I am grateful for the time he invested in creating a useful resource. This is so much more than a cookbook.” –MJ


“I like to KNOW what is in my food. Your descriptions and photos are PERFECT for me. I feel much better about my upcoming 50-mile hike with the scouts.” – MS

“This book is all you need to start on your dehydrating journey. Much of the information is available online at various places, but I like the convenient all in one place format. Glenn recommends starting well in advance of a trip, but I didn't know that and found myself running the dehydrator 24 hours a day for about a week, plus dehydrating some food in my oven. Long story short, once you start dehydrating your own camping meals, you will never go back. We've been home a week and are still eating some dehydrated meals to finish up. The food has been dehydrated for 30 or more days now and is still in great shape. I can see eating more of this food even when car camping as it makes cooking fast and easier. The bean bark recipe worked great as a staple for many mixtures, next time I will do the same with a mashed potato for stews. Also, chicken worked great -- we pressure cooked in the instant pot then dehydrated. Can't recommend making your own food highly enough.” –NG


“I bought this book after finding Chef Glenn`s website while looking for tips for dehydrating food for my bug out bag. I wanted alternatives to the expensive store bought dehydrated meals. I found myself constantly going back to his website to get more info when I saw the book advertised. It`s great not having to log onto the computer for every little question I have. The book is very comprehensive from buying a dehydrator, dehydrating meals, storage, and re-hydrating food. I`ve put it into practice in my everyday meal preperation with Mason jars of dehydrated vegetables and rice in Mason jars on my counter just waiting to be tossed into soup, or, with just a few minutes in water, any recipe I need. It has really decreased my meal prep time. Since I eat 6 times a day, this is huge for me. I`ve shown the book to a co-worker who vacations in an RV with his wife. They were so excited about using dehydrated meals on their vacations, they went out and bought a dehydrator.” SJ


“The author of this book is obviously well organized, industrious, hard working, adventurous and health conscious. He is not afraid to take up a challenge on the trail or in the kitchen. The activities he suggests in this book require some organization and diligence, but the result is nourishing, healthy, satisfying food that will not spoil. I am not hiking or backpacking these days, but after reading this book, I now have new ways of reducing food waste in my home kitchen. Wasting food is a waste of money and resources, and this book gives lots of ideas on how to dehydrate food for prolonged storage and how to use it. It is obvious that the author has prepared all of these recipes and that they are tried and true, he provides tips and has figured out ways to ensure that the rehydrated foods taste good, I appreciate this. Thank you Chef Glenn for allowing others to benefit from your devotion and diligence in the kitchen.” –MG


“This has to be one of my all time best resource books. I would call this a manual for dehydrating. It is packed full of good usable quality information. The first section covers dehydrating meats, assortment of veggies, and fruit. It discusses those items being dehydrated fresh or a can or previously frozen or jarred. Then it goes on covering dehydrating starchy veggies to make "bark", which is very interesting. This resource covers how to assemble different type meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and dessert. The author lightly touches on how to prep and package the meals, trail cooking, and cookware. The book was easy to read and follow. If you’re in to dehydrating in general and want to know more about dehydrating I would recommend this book. Now if your an outdoorsman or outdoorswomen this is a must read if you bring your meals with you on your adventures.” –AC