Food Camp

01 May

Every now and then I come across a book that was written to help others. Food Camp: Kitchen Survival Skills by Michael Nolan, is one of those books. Now I know what you’re thinking, why in the world would I suggest a cookbook?


Well my friends, because the book is worthy of being read.Let’s begin at the beginning, quoting Nolan:

To those who lived for years on microwave meals and fast food because they didn’t think they had what it takes to get in the kitchen and do it themselves. You deserve to eat better, and now you will.”

Food Camp includes what other cookbooks leave out: the appliances, pots, pans and gadgets one needs. Then the author sprinkles in little pieces of his soul. Some people are intimidated with the thought of cooking. Fear not, Michael Nolan is here to help.

The idea for Food Camp came when Nolan realized the number of people who never learned to cook. He goes on to list simple meals that are easy to prepare, but most importantly, good for you.michaelssoup

Food Camp includes photos and is written with a voice that makes you turn around to see if Nolan is in the kitchen with you. Truly, reading this book made me feel like the author was standing in my kitchen. I almost wanted to say, “Keep an eye on the cookies while I tidy up.”

Food Camp includes professional-quality photographic images and the recipes offer new twists on our favorites, like Chocolate Chip cookies. It’s common knowledge in my house that I mastered the triple C years ago. Veteran cooks wonder, what anyone could possibly do to improve something that’s been around for years. Trust me, there’s a secret. Nolan’s recipe for triple C’s contains a secret ingredient, but you won’t find me spilling the beans. You must buy the book.

And perhaps my favorite part is that Nolan suggests that readers actually eat cookie dough. Finally, someone who isn’t afraid of raw cookie dough. (for those still afraid you could store it in the freezer).


My take on Food Camp: You can have your dough, and cookies too.

Food Camp is filled with hearty recipes for each meal, even quick and nutritious recipes for those who say, “I don’t have time for breakfast.”

Friends, make time to check out this book. You won’t be sorry.

Download your copy here.

Connect with Michael on Facebook here.

Follow his blog here

About Renea: Renea Winchester is the award-winning author of Mountain Memories: True Stories and Half-Truths from Appalachia. Her first book, In the Garden with Billy: Lessons About Life, Love & Tomatoes earned her a SIBA and GAYA nomination. In September of 2014, Mercer University Press will release her next book titled Farming, Friends, & Fried Bologna Sandwiches. Email her through her website at Friend her on Facebook here. Follow her on Twitter Here.

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