In Cooking in the Rockies, Backcountry lodge chef Katie Mitzel shares 85 delicious recipes she has prepared in backcountry lodges and huts in her over twenty-year career.
Katie Mitzel is a leader in backcountry gourmet cooking, feeding famished travelers who have journeyed hundreds of miles to experience life in a backcountry lodge. Her dishes are full of unexpected flavors and mouthwatering aromas, using fresh food straight from the land, or brought in by helicopter or mules. But even in the off-season, away from the open meadows, glorious mountains, and towering, green forests, Katie knows how to bring hearty meals and the restorative calm that nature brings to her city kitchen.
Using ingredients readily available at your local grocery store, Katie shares her favorite lodge recipes, many taking inspiration from the colors and textures of mountains, glacial lakes, wildflowers, and boulders covered in emerald green lichen. Start your day with the Skillet-Baked Huevos Rancheros. Enjoy a hearty Summer Hiking Salad after a long trek. Snack on some Climbers' Cookies top of a ski run. Indulge in Baked Halibut with Scallops and Asparagus to help you forget your troubles after a hard day, along with a slice of Lemony Lavender Buttermilk Cake for dessert. All of the recipes featured are perfect for gathering your family and friends around the table to share a meal, talk about your day, or maybe even plan your next trip to the great outdoors.
Filled with breathtaking landscape photography and profiles of select beloved lodges of the west coast, Cooking in the Rockies brings the joys of fulfilling meals and the natural bliss of outdoor living into your daily life, no matter where you live.
KATIE MITZEL is the author of the nationally bestelling Skoki Cookbook. She has cooked in many backcountry lodges, including Skoki Lodge, Battle Abbey, Mistaya, Assiniboine, and Shadow Lake Lodge, among others, and has developed a reputation as an innovative, creative, and enthusiastic backcountry lodge chef. When not at a lodge, Katie lives with her family in British Columbia, at the doorstep of one of North America's greatest outdoor playgrounds.