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*"The Camping Cookbook," by Annie Bell; Kyle Books, 176 pages, $16.95

Practical from its plastic-covered cover on in, the author concentrates on getting maximum flavor with minimum fuss. Ranges from tips on assembling your camping kitchen to silly kid stuff like Sour Patch Kids skewers.

*"The Scout's Outdoor Cookbook," by Christine Conners and Tim Conners; Falcon Guides, 408 pages, $19.95

A clearly written course in campfire cookery, from starting a fire to cleaning up, aimed at Boy Scouts and other children, aided by adults. Whether your pantry is a car trunk or a backpack, this book can help children learn how to feed themselves well.

*"Campfire Cookery," by Sarah Huck and Jaimee Young; Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 304 pages, $29.95

For the cook who enjoys spending weeks designing intricate, exquisite menus for a weekend of camping. Recipes push the boundaries of campfire cuisine, including Pan-Roasted Squab with Pate-Walnut Dressing and an entire chapter on teatime.