If you like outdoor sports, rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, etc., chances are you also spend a lot of time camping. Many of us have upgraded from the old tent and backpack set up to a dirtbag rig of choice. This can range from a 1990's Astro Van or early 2000's Tacoma with a camper shell, to a brand spanking new Sprinter Van. Along with your new (or old) home away from home, usually comes a Coleman two burner stove.
We all have our go to camp meals. Rice and beans, usually among them, but like all things there comes a time when you need to add something new to your life. This is where you come in.
I'm looking for new recipes.
The rules are simple. The recipes can range from simple to elaborate, but must be able to be cooked in a reasonable amount of time on a two burner camp stove. They can be vegetarian, vegan, or not. I'm looking to collect your all time favorite camp breakfast, your go to quick bite, the best dinner you've had camping, and everything in between.
Rule number 2, it must be hand written and fit on one 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. In the end I will compile the recipes and create Volume 1 of The Dirtbag Diet, zine style. The pages within the book will contain your individual touch, your recipe in your handwriting, drawing, and anything else you'd like to include on the page (think the moosewood cookbook). It's ok if your hand writing isn't perfect, it's a part of who you are. To keep true with zine style, keep it simple, no color, black and white for our first volume. I'll design and screen print a cover for the zine, hand bind it, and mail all the contributors a copy when it's done. A little thank you for being a part of the project.
Why a zine? Zines are quick, easy, cheap, and have a certain low-fi charm that I have loved since my punk days. In our busy, technology centered world, I think it's important to celebrate the written word and individuality in the printed book. This zine can live in your camp bin, and next time your looking for a new recipe, you can pick it up, and grab one from a friend.
Interested? I hope so!
If you'd like to contribute or would like more details please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org (yes there are two hh's in "leigh"). Shoot me an email first with your proposed recipe, that way we don't end up with 10 rice and beans, camp style, I'd love to get at least 40 entries. Entries close May 25, 2018. You have three weeks to think of something. I look forward to seeing what you've been cooking.