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The sights, sounds and smells of a meal prepared and cooked in the natural world reminds us at an elemental level of where our food comes from. We are truly fortunate to live in Ontario, an undeniable land of agricultural bounty, world-class craft and culinary richness.
This is never more evident than when we source, prepare and enjoy local Ontario ingredients using slow, simple and enduring methods.The aroma of a grilled cheese sandwich stuffed with artisanal Ontario cheese sizzling in a cast iron skillet, just-opened foil wrapped packages of beautifully seasoned potatoes and buttery local vegetables or creamy hot chocolate poured into enamel mugs and topped with hand-whipped local cream are as much part of our memories as hikes through woodland trails, swims in pristine lakes or time spent listening to the birds in our own backyards.
Cooking outdoors over a fire slows the process down, building anticipation and appreciation. It also fosters community. Beyond cooking, fires are places for storytelling—for sharing the history, lore and ideas that form our most powerful memories.
This collection of outdoor cooking recipes, tips and food ideas was curated for everyone—backyard foodies, provincial park campers and seasoned outlanders alike. Featuring recipes and thoughtful content from some of Ontario’s most fascinating and beloved chefs, we hope you’ll explore what’s inside and take it with you on your next journey to the heart of Algonquin, the forests of Northwestern Ontario, your backyard fire pit or your condominium balcony.