All this talk about food planning and biscuits and gravy elsewhere got my monkey brain churning. I got to remembering a long time ago, when a much younger shaman aspired to be everyone's favorite camp cook. If you could feed a bunch of people out in the sticks, you were fairly assured of getting invited on some fun trips, and that is exactly what I did. Caving, backpacking, and canoeing. Here I am circa 1986, wearing my signature T-Shirt : Camp Cook, Death from Within Now for the secret of my success and the reason for this thread. I originally got the idea when I was caving. Cavers had a rule: you either made the food, or you did the dishes. I hated doing dishes, so I taught myself how to cook outdoors. When I got started, the only guide I had was an old copy of The Outdoor Life 'Cyclopedia. It had a small section on outfitting a canoe party of 2 for 1 week afield. I started cooking all my meals from that list, and doing it on an open fire outside. Pretty soon, I had the idea down pat, and started entertaining at my house, trying out recipes. From that, I started getting invites to tag along on all kinds of adventures. For several years, this was my hobby. Anyhow, I got to remembering that, while pondering some of the recent threads, and I thought I would share the list that started it all for me. It's from the 1939 Outdoor Life 'Cyclopedia. I've taken this list and scaled it up and down as needed. In fact at one point, I had it in VisiCalc on my Apple II. Weight? I remember 4 people for a week came out to 110 lbs. In fact that picture of me by the canoe was just such a trip. It all packed in a duffle, and I carried it on a freighter frame. The hidden joy of that was that by the end of the trip, I had only about 5-10 lbs to carry. Anyhow, I thought I'd share this with you, and see what a bunch of monkey brains could do with it.