So, one day I was pawing thru some of my fathers old things, I came upon a cookbook published in 1949 by the American Gas Machine Company, of Albert Lea, Minnesota, called "Favorite Recipes of Famous Outdoorsmen". The American Gas Machine Company, it seems, produced a line of portable stoves and things, such as: a portable camp stove called a Kampkook, a portable ice box called Kampkold, and a considerably less portable gas stove called a Kabinkook. It seems that the cookbook was a vehicle for advertising their product.
After examining the recipes contained within I realized that this was a cookbook, the likes of which, I have never seen before. It was a cookbook made by manly men who did manly things, and ate manly food.
The cookbook contains three types of recipes:
- Standard "Joy of Cooking" type recipes, which can be found in just about any cookbook, and certainly in the "Joy of Cooking".
- Recipes where an assortment of wild game is breaded and fried in a half inch of bacon grease.
- The real gems, which are found in the Axe-Woodsman Bacon-Grease Bear-Paw Cookbook.
Everyone should know that each recipe is the actual prose of the original author. Also, keep in mind that manly men have little time to write down minor details such as actual quantities used, the actual flavor of the dish may have improved with the telling, and some of the recipes have ingredients that may be on protected species lists. I don't nessesarily recommend you try this at home.
Not too long after finding "Favorite Recipes of Famous Outdoorsmen", I came across another book called "What in the World's for Dinner?" presented by Folkl-Rama from Canada's Festival of Nations.
In it were some fabulous Inuit recipes. Simple, direct, and perfect for the AWBGBP Cookbook. I'd like to quote a paragraph from the book:
Many of the following are not recipes as we know them. They are direct quotes of verbal conversations with the Inuit people and give a wealth of insight into their character and culture. The instructions for preparing the food are delightfully direct, with an honesty and forthrightness that is a true reflection of the people who originated them.