The combination of atmospheric photos by Daniela Haug and Stevan’s skillful narration, which repeatedly combines anecdotes and interesting facts with recipes related to the camping stove, makes up a large part of the charm of Open Air. And somehow, for that very reason, you ultimately can’t put it aside until you’ve also read about the last festival and the final recipes from the food trucks and stands.
Although I’m a self-confessed camping layman, the many practical tips for proper equipment and food transport are quite exciting – and full of pitfalls (and, by the way, full of personal failings, I’ll consider that in retrospect). You can tell that this book is not simply saddled on any trendy topic, but was created out of true passion and with a lot of own (camping) experience.
Ultimately, the rather unconventional layout of the book and its moleskinesque feel also contribute to the reading pleasure. It almost looks as if it were predestined to find its place between the camping atlas and the map at the front of every VW van. Big compliments to Miriam Strobach.
The focus is, of course, on practical recipes for on the go. Well over 100 summery ideas for every occasion and trip have been compiled for this purpose: from fortifying breakfasts to fine snacks and homemade “ready-made meals” to barbecues and solid foods for the big appetite.
By the way, all culinary ideas can also be enjoyed wonderfully on the balcony or terrace at home. All that’s missing is the right Spotify playlist of the 2015 festivals (and a few degrees more pleasant outside temperature), and the festival summer can be brought directly into the house…
Open Air – The Festival & Camping Cookbook
Stevan Paul & Daniela Haug