Book: Cast-Iron Cooking Over an Open Fire

Have you ever enjoyed a Dutch-oven dinner and wanted to learn to cook one yourself? Well, Carsten Bothe’s Dutch Oven: Cast-Iron Cooking Over an Open Fire (Schiffer Publishing, $30) is the perfect cookbook to get you started. This cookbook covers the ins and outs of cast-iron cooking. How to clean and maintain your Dutch oven, how to regulate the temperature when cooking, and recipes ranging from appetizers to main courses, breakfasts to desserts. The meals I’ve cooked aren’t nearly as photogenic as the pictures in the cookbook, but the taste and ease of preparation make up for it. Camping is forever changed—with the right setup, dinner can be cooking while I hit the evening hatch. Available at Country Bookshelf or online at