I asked the moderator a couple of times in the Admin section if it was OK to tell you about my new trail food book. Since I have not gotten an answer, I'm assuming it's OK, so here goes.
A few months ago I finally compeleted Travel Light-Eat Heavy. I wrote it because there wasn’t a trail food book that connected the calories, weights, and other information for everything eaten during a day. Instead, they looked at each meal as if it was eaten in a vacuum and had no connection to the other meals or trail snacks eaten during a day. That approach never made sense to me.
So, about four years ago I started researching, experimenting, and picking the brain of every backpacker I ran into to develop a comprehensive approach to trail food. What I found was that fewer total calories are needed than most people think - if you eat an effecient mix of the different types of calories during the day. With the right mix your energy level is also more consistent (no boinking in the afternoon), and you can carry less food weight.
Travel Light-Eat Heavy is the result, and it provides integrated daily menus, delicious recipes, and ingredient charts (portions, weights, calories) for tweaking recipes. It also includes weights, nutritional and caloric information, and ratios of carbs, fats, and proteins for each day’s total menu and individual recipes.
Every meal is packed at home in a plastic zip bag, that also serves as the cook pot for hot meals (just add boiling water) and bowl, which many of you are probably already familiar with. It also contains lots of information about equipment options, anecdotes, and fun things to do on the trail to help develop all of your senses to better connect with Nature. To read excerpts or find out more go to www.travellighteatheavy.com.
Any comments, pro or con, on the book or web site will be appreciated.