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Camp Oven Cooking

The Complete Aussie Guide

Camp Oven Cooking is a unique recipe collection collated from contributions to The Great Coronavirus Camp Oven Cookoff Facebook page. Launched in March 2020 by photo-journalist Peter Lorimer and iconic Australian bush poet and entertainer Murray Hartin, the membership grew to 12,500 people from across Australia in only three months.

Each week a new theme was set and cast-iron cooking enthusiasts prepped, cooked and plated their creations for the group to enjoy. The rules were simple: post your prep pics (ingredients), photos of the camp oven on the cook and then a plated-up frame of your finished creation. The challenge became a way to break the monotony of lockdown and share great camp oven food with likeminded folk.

The coals are still burning hot and the page is going strong. This recipe book is for anyone who wants to have fun and get the whole family involved with cooking on a fire or gas burner.

Murray Hartin is considered to be one of the best Australian rhyming poets of the modern era. His haunting verse Rain From Nowhere (2007) has been recited in State and Federal Parliaments, printed in newspapers and magazines across the Nation and is recognised as being one of the most powerful pieces of Australian poetry written for many years. His hilarious yarn Turbulence (1998) is arguably the most popular piece of Australian bush poetry since the Paterson era. Both were awarded the Australian Bush Poetry Association’s Poem of The Year. Muz has been part of the Australian poetry scene since winning the inaugural competition in Tamworth in 1987. He went full time in 1996 and has since been an extremely popular performer at corporate functions, charity events, sporting lunches and festivals throughout Australia.

Peter Lorimer has been a photo journalist since age 17 when he completed a cadetship at the country newspaper The Namoi Valley Independent. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Peter has worked for Australia’s leading newspapers including The Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, The Australian and Sydney
Morning Herald and is also a regular contributor to Woman’s Day. He has won numerous national press photographic awards including a Nikon Walkley Award and has also had a picture published on a stamp (Faces Of Australia).

Jack Lorimer is a diesel mechanic who works for Many Fabrication in a coal mining town. Jack is in charge of a team of workers who maintain the washery facility at Boggabri Coal in north west NSW. His interests include golf and campfire cooking.

* The ultimate guide to camp oven cooking with recipes and tips for outback cooks, grey nomads, fishermen, campers and everyday Australians.
* Discover the art of outdoor cooking beyond simple stews with delicious and easy to follow recipes for roasting and stuffing, from meat, fish and vegetables to pizza, soups and sweets.
* How to set up a camp oven for under $100 plus maintenance and oven restoration tips.
* Includes stunning rural photography by Pete Lorimer and marvellous poems from Muz Hartin.
* Recipes collected from the community on The Great Coronavirus Camp Oven Cookoff Facebook page with 12,500 members.
* Full colour with recipe and rural photography throughout.
* National coverage in outdoor and lifestyle publications, organisations and groups with focus on camping, outdoor cooking and activities.
* Features about the Facebook group and cookbook in mainstream national media including ABC (online and national radio), Woman’s Day, The Daily Telegraph, The Project and more.
* Coverage on the Facebook group to 12,500+ followers with digital marketing support.
* Zoom interview with Marty Leist – The Australian Men’s Shed Association -
* In November NSW Rescue Helicopter Service will be promoting Camp Oven Cooking to their membership (90,000) with an EDM to their CRM, Rescue magazine promo and social media shout out.
* 2GB Afternoon’s with Deb Knight – Peter Lorimer has been asked to join Deb for a second interview on her show,

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