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Stop doing the dishes and grill (or bake) every night of the week instead with these 100 quick and easy foil pack recipes for complete, delicious meals the whole family will love. Steaming food in packets has been a tried and tested method of cooking that the French and Italians have used for generations. There’s absolutely no other cooking method out there that’s as fast, Stop doing the dishes and grill (or bake) every night of the week instead with these 100 quick and easy foil pack recipes for complete, delicious meals the whole family will love. Steaming food in packets has been a tried and tested method of cooking that the French and Italians have used for generations. There’s absolutely no other cooking method out there that’s as fast, fun, mess-free, and downright delicious as foil packs. All you need to do is wrap up your ingredients, fire up the oven or grill, and enjoy your meal without the dreaded thought of doing a pile of dishes afterwards. Foil Pack Dinners offers a variety of meals with less than an hour of cooking time, making weeknight dinners a breeze! From Chicken Cordon Bleu and pepperoni pizza bread to smoky brisket and lime shrimp scampi, as well as vegetarian options like black bean enchiladas and stuffed squash, this book includes something tasty that everyone will enjoy!


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Stop doing the dishes and grill (or bake) every night of the week instead with these 100 quick and easy foil pack recipes for complete, delicious meals the whole family will love. Steaming food in packets has been a tried and tested method of cooking that the French and Italians have used for generations. There’s absolutely no other cooking method out there that’s as fast, Stop doing the dishes and grill (or bake) every night of the week instead with these 100 quick and easy foil pack recipes for complete, delicious meals the whole family will love. Steaming food in packets has been a tried and tested method of cooking that the French and Italians have used for generations. There’s absolutely no other cooking method out there that’s as fast, fun, mess-free, and downright delicious as foil packs. All you need to do is wrap up your ingredients, fire up the oven or grill, and enjoy your meal without the dreaded thought of doing a pile of dishes afterwards. Foil Pack Dinners offers a variety of meals with less than an hour of cooking time, making weeknight dinners a breeze! From Chicken Cordon Bleu and pepperoni pizza bread to smoky brisket and lime shrimp scampi, as well as vegetarian options like black bean enchiladas and stuffed squash, this book includes something tasty that everyone will enjoy!

30 review for Foil Pack Dinners: 100 Delicious, Quick-Prep Recipes for the Grill and Oven

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lyndie

    My family loves camping so Foil pack dinners are a favorite in this house. This book was packed full of delicious foil dinners, some that we knew and many many more new ones to try! This little recipe book not only has great recipes it also has information on using foil, assembling styles, cooking information for the grill, oven and campfire as well as safety tips. I love that the book not includes the recipe but also mouthwatering photos ! I recieved a digital copy of this book from the publisher My family loves camping so Foil pack dinners are a favorite in this house. This book was packed full of delicious foil dinners, some that we knew and many many more new ones to try! This little recipe book not only has great recipes it also has information on using foil, assembling styles, cooking information for the grill, oven and campfire as well as safety tips. I love that the book not includes the recipe but also mouthwatering photos ! I recieved a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Bayer

    Note: This cookbook would be a 1 star book for me personally but I would say it's 4 star for many folks, so I'm rounding up to 3. I have to admit that I went into this book as someone who doesn't like to cook in aluminum foil -- partly because of the link between health risks like osteoporosis, kidney disease and Alzheimer's with aluminum (regarding Alzheimer's especially, international studies have found that the brains of Alzheimer's patients did tend to have much more aluminum than others, tho Note: This cookbook would be a 1 star book for me personally but I would say it's 4 star for many folks, so I'm rounding up to 3. I have to admit that I went into this book as someone who doesn't like to cook in aluminum foil -- partly because of the link between health risks like osteoporosis, kidney disease and Alzheimer's with aluminum (regarding Alzheimer's especially, international studies have found that the brains of Alzheimer's patients did tend to have much more aluminum than others, though nobody is funding good studies here in the US so the industry is still able to say there is no definitive link) and also because it's wasteful and bad for the environment. Also, the more exposure to Al the harder it is for our bodies to reduce our load and it is well established that there is a safe limit (and foods leech more of it when exposed to high heat or acidic foods like lemons, fish and tomatoes). While aluminum is present in many things and our bodies can get rid of quite a lot of it, one European study found, "Preparation of a fish dish with a marinade containing lemon juice in camping dishes would result in the TWI (tolerable weekly intake) being exceeded by 871% for a child weighing 15 kg and by 187% for an adult weighing 70 kg assuming a daily uptake of 250 g over a period of 1 week." That's cooking just one dish in aluminum. I totally get the idea of using it for camping occasionally (though the fabulous new cookbook Wilderness Chef: The Ultimate Guide to Cooking Outdoors slams the use of aluminum foil and uses cast iron pots and occasionally creative natural items like leaves) but these recipes are also given for ovens and that just seems ridiculously wasteful and lazy to me TBH. Put a lid on your pan to capture heat and steam. It will not kill us to wash a pan instead of wrapping four individual dinners in multiple layers of aluminum foil to bake in the oven. We are such a trashy culture -- literally. Okay, all that said... This is a nice compilation of typical meat-heavy (for the most part) Standard American Diet food. You get burgers, fish dishes, scalloped potatoes with cheese and heavy cream, shrimp nachos, chicken Cordon Bleu, sandwiches, etc. There are some photos but not of every dish, and some photos are of things like ingredients. There are not a lot of ingredients required and they tend to be typical pantry items. There are a fair number of recipes that will work for gluten free and paleo folks, very few for vegans, and some (mostly side dishes) for vegetarians. There is no nutritional information provided for the recipes. Folks who like these sorts of recipes and this sort of cooking will be very pleased with this cookbook. I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tamar overwhelmed by work - on temporary hiatus

    I loved this book. My culinary imagination is limited in the kitchen and even more limited when grilling. Potatoes, and eggplant are about the only things I can ever remember wrapping in tin foil to put on my (husband’s) grill. This book opened a whole new world for me. My testing was done in the oven since I never light the grill unless it is absolutely necessary (when being booed and pelted by peanuts from the peanut gallery). BBQs are within the purview of my husband’s set of culinary skills. I loved this book. My culinary imagination is limited in the kitchen and even more limited when grilling. Potatoes, and eggplant are about the only things I can ever remember wrapping in tin foil to put on my (husband’s) grill. This book opened a whole new world for me. My testing was done in the oven since I never light the grill unless it is absolutely necessary (when being booed and pelted by peanuts from the peanut gallery). BBQs are within the purview of my husband’s set of culinary skills. Next time he lights the grill I will toss on a few foil pack fish dinners, since they are the easiest to put together and the quickest to cook. In the meantime I'll stick to my oven grill. What did I love most about this book? I LOVED the concept, the photos, and most of the combinations of seasonings and ingredients. The construction and beauty of the colorful “meals” left me drooling over each and every recipe – even those that I will never make or eat. A warning here for those people who do not mix meat and milk or eat pork and seafood in their kitchens. About half of the recipes fall into those categories and even the most adept at making substitutions will find it hard to do so and still remain somewhat faithful to the recipes. That being said, at least half of the book will be tried in my kitchen. Most of the recipes do not require much or difficult preparation. Tonight we tried a fish recipe (baked salmon with orange and herbs) and yesterday we tried the Chicken Thighs with Broccoli and Rice – both were delicious. Based on those two successes we will be trying the Basic Hobo Basket recipe next and we will definitely be trying all of the fish recipes. I have earmarked another 10 recipes (chicken, turkey and vegies) that I am anxious to try. My husband and I have not eaten out in nearly five months, since the outbreak of corona virus in the west. NetGalley has been kind enough to provide me with ARCs of at least 10 cookbooks – all of which I have read and enjoyed. Both my husband and I are thankful for the variety of tasty dishes this has afforded us. We are a little less thankful the subsequent weight gain. Thank you NetGalley and Tiller Press for this beautiful book by Julia Rutland

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    I’ve always loved foil packed meals. Okay, I have always loved the idea of them. I’ve never made one, nor have I been where one was served. After reading FOIL PACK DINNERS, that will be changing! I may have to rummage through the kitchen after I’m done with this review and whip one up for supper! Some of the amazing stomach growling recipes you’ll find are . . . Chicken with Creamy Tomato-Basil Sauce ~ Hot, Chicken, Bacon, and Corn Salad ~ Turkey with Sweet Potatoes ~ Easy Meatloaf ~ Stuffed Cab I’ve always loved foil packed meals. Okay, I have always loved the idea of them. I’ve never made one, nor have I been where one was served. After reading FOIL PACK DINNERS, that will be changing! I may have to rummage through the kitchen after I’m done with this review and whip one up for supper! Some of the amazing stomach growling recipes you’ll find are . . . Chicken with Creamy Tomato-Basil Sauce ~ Hot, Chicken, Bacon, and Corn Salad ~ Turkey with Sweet Potatoes ~ Easy Meatloaf ~ Stuffed Cabbage ~ Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions ~ Ham, Hash Brown, and Egg Bake ~ Smoked Sausage over Herbed Polenta ~ Shrimp Boil in Foil ~ Super Simple Wrapped Flounder ~ Baked Salmon with Orange and Herbs ~ Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches ~ Pepperoni Cheese Bread ~ Fish Tacos with Chipotle Lime Crema ~ Cheesy-Garlic Scalloped Potatoes ~ Big Batch Succotash ~ Mexican Sweet Corn ~ Vegan Tamale Dumplings. You won’t believe how many more! FOIL PACK DINNERS starts with a brief introduction containing some very helpful advice, before moving on to recipes that cover over 100 pages and come with beautiful full color photos. I would testify I could smell could smell the food in those photos. With dinners that can be baked in the oven or cooked on top of the grill, FOIL PACK DINNERS has something for all year round. This one is a keeper!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christina Smith

    I received this book as an e-book from Netgalley for my honest opinion. Ok everyone right off the bat I'm going to give you a heads up. If you are like me and love to cook, but get to the point where your brain just doesn't want to work anymore trying to think of dinner every night, then this is the book for you. These recipes are not only easy to make and easy to clean up, they are also easy to tweak. So if you have a picky eater who won't eat carrots, then you don't have to put them in! I've b I received this book as an e-book from Netgalley for my honest opinion. Ok everyone right off the bat I'm going to give you a heads up. If you are like me and love to cook, but get to the point where your brain just doesn't want to work anymore trying to think of dinner every night, then this is the book for you. These recipes are not only easy to make and easy to clean up, they are also easy to tweak. So if you have a picky eater who won't eat carrots, then you don't have to put them in! I've been making the regular hobo packs for years and there are so many in here that I can't wait to try, especially the breakfast one. My only "negative" comment is I wish there was a picture to correspond with each recipe

  6. 5 out of 5

    Susan Z

    4.5 stars After spending 10 weeks cooking dinner everyday due to the quarantine, this book was truly a gift. I was in desperate need for new recipes and not only did this book deliver on the variety I needed but I liked the alternative cooking technique as well. I have used foil packets in the past for a few veggie dishes on the grill, but this book takes it to a new level. The best thing about foil pack cooking is LESS DISHES. I am honestly more sick of dishes than cooking right now. This book i 4.5 stars After spending 10 weeks cooking dinner everyday due to the quarantine, this book was truly a gift. I was in desperate need for new recipes and not only did this book deliver on the variety I needed but I liked the alternative cooking technique as well. I have used foil packets in the past for a few veggie dishes on the grill, but this book takes it to a new level. The best thing about foil pack cooking is LESS DISHES. I am honestly more sick of dishes than cooking right now. This book is full of tips and tricks to help you achieve the best results. All recipes have instructions for oven and grill cooking. The recipes were grouped as follows: Yardbirds (mostly chicken but some other poultry) Carnivore Cravings Catch of the day Handheld From the Garden I loved that this book had some basic dishes but also some fun new twists (Cilantro pepita pesto with chicken and rice for example. YUM!) Some recipes do rely on other cooked ingredients, liked cooked rice or marinara sauce so you do need to plan ahead. The pictures were both beautiful and appetizing, I wish there were more. Thank you Tiller Press and NetGalley for this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    When life turns on its end and you "have nothing to do", superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Stop doing the dishes and grill (or bake) eve When life turns on its end and you "have nothing to do", superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Stop doing the dishes and grill (or bake) every night of the week instead with these 100 quick and easy foil pack recipes for complete, delicious meals the whole family will love. Steaming food in packets has been a tried and tested method of cooking that the French and Italians have used for generations. There’s absolutely no other cooking method out there that’s as fast, fun, mess-free, and downright delicious as foil packs. All you need to do is wrap up your ingredients, fire up the oven or grill, and enjoy your meal without the dreaded thought of doing a pile of dishes afterwards. Foil Pack Dinners offers a variety of meals with less than an hour of cooking time, making weeknight dinners a breeze! From Chicken Cordon Bleu and pepperoni pizza bread to smoky brisket and lime shrimp scampi, as well as vegetarian options like black bean enchiladas and stuffed squash, this book includes something tasty that everyone will enjoy! I am the queen of the foil pack dinner when I am at my parents. Why?? Well apparently I don't wash the dishes to her standard (or fill the dishwasher properly) so foil packs make it so easy as pie to cook dinner without a lot of mess...I even take my own cookie sheet to cook them on if needed. I have even made foil pack dinners in my air-fryer as I use it as a mini-oven to save my kitchen from being too hot. The recipes in here are varied and well written and I now have dozens of more ideas to cook at my parent's and at home: The book is great for newbie cookers and those looking for an easy way to cook dinner. I simply adore this book and have bought it for the library, my novice-cook sister and myself. As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🥧🥧🥧🥧🥧

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Don't let the plain name of this cookbook deter you! These recipes are far from plain, and if I'm being honest, I am shocked to learn the variety of foods that can be cooked in foil pack. I really like the no nonsense feel to this cookbook. You won't find a wordy introduction or repetitive supply/pantry checklists. Instead, there is a simple foil pack 101 describing types of foil packs and universal cooking instructions. This cookbook does an amazing job of introducing popular/traditional recipe Don't let the plain name of this cookbook deter you! These recipes are far from plain, and if I'm being honest, I am shocked to learn the variety of foods that can be cooked in foil pack. I really like the no nonsense feel to this cookbook. You won't find a wordy introduction or repetitive supply/pantry checklists. Instead, there is a simple foil pack 101 describing types of foil packs and universal cooking instructions. This cookbook does an amazing job of introducing popular/traditional recipes in a very simplified cooking method. Making Chicken & Dumplings from scratch sounds intimidating...until you learn that you can make it in easy clean-up foil packets! All of the ingredients are readily available at your local grocer and no recipes calls for a million all at once. Each recipe includes oven & grill cooking instructions. It also shows serving sizes, which makes it super easy to scale a recipe up or down. We tried the Ham, Hashbrown, and Egg Bake and it will become a permanent breakfast staple in our household. I recommend this cookbook for a chef of any level. Cook/prep time for the majority of these recipes makes for the perfect weeknight resource. My toddler got a kick out of the packets and it made the whole process of cooking fun for her. I received this eARC from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    Foil Pack Dinners by Julia Rutland is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in mid-May. Its recipes to prepare poultry, meat, fish, and veg with foil are given in dry instruction with a rare pun, so this could be used as a home-ec or outdoor excursion textbook. Because cooking in foil packs involves a lot of steam and liquids, proteins are invariably paired with some kind of starch or veg to absorb it. There are occasionally Mexican and European flavors, but while using items commonly found in a pan Foil Pack Dinners by Julia Rutland is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in mid-May. Its recipes to prepare poultry, meat, fish, and veg with foil are given in dry instruction with a rare pun, so this could be used as a home-ec or outdoor excursion textbook. Because cooking in foil packs involves a lot of steam and liquids, proteins are invariably paired with some kind of starch or veg to absorb it. There are occasionally Mexican and European flavors, but while using items commonly found in a pantry, nothing too exotic. Over-plate photographs are taken at an angle - remember, foil packs involve steam, so that may be why the chicken dishes don’t look so good.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Houle

    As a couple that loves to "glamp" but hates to waste propane on cooking dinner in a super small oven that takes forever, options for both grill and campfire are always bonuses, but we tend to especially like foil packet dinners. I like how thorough this cookbook was in terms of letting you know how much foil you might need for any given dinner. Definitely a great variety of recipes for use in the oven, or on a grill/over a campfire. As a couple that loves to "glamp" but hates to waste propane on cooking dinner in a super small oven that takes forever, options for both grill and campfire are always bonuses, but we tend to especially like foil packet dinners. I like how thorough this cookbook was in terms of letting you know how much foil you might need for any given dinner. Definitely a great variety of recipes for use in the oven, or on a grill/over a campfire.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Tyler

    Foil Pack Dinners: 100 Delicious, Quick-Prep Recipes for the Grill and Oven by Julia Rutland offers readers a variety of meals with less than an hour of cooking time. Steaming food in packets has been a tried and tested method of cooking that the French and Italians have used for generations. Perfect for grilling, campfire cooking, or making a quick meal in the oven, there’s absolutely no other cooking method out there that’s as fast, fun, mess-free, and versatile as foil packs. Recipes include Foil Pack Dinners: 100 Delicious, Quick-Prep Recipes for the Grill and Oven by Julia Rutland offers readers a variety of meals with less than an hour of cooking time. Steaming food in packets has been a tried and tested method of cooking that the French and Italians have used for generations. Perfect for grilling, campfire cooking, or making a quick meal in the oven, there’s absolutely no other cooking method out there that’s as fast, fun, mess-free, and versatile as foil packs. Recipes include Chicken Cordon Bleu, Pepperoni Cheese Bread, Louisiana-Style BBQ Shrimp, Black Bean Enchiladas, and Summer Squash Spirals with Ricotta and Basil. With recipes for both carnivores and vegetarians alike, this book includes a little something for everyone. Foil Pack Dinners is a book that grabbed my attention easily. We have all been cooking more at home, and now that we are in the heat of summer using the grill or quick and easy options are priority. Getting to try something new and different, that I can still tailor to my family's taste is great too. I like that the author gave more detail about the different kinds of foil, and the logistics of folding, moving, and cooking in foil packets before getting to the recipes. I thought I would already know the majority of it, but I learned a great deal and it helped me have a much more enjoyable and successful experience when I started doing this more often. I found the recipes themselves to be very clear and easy to follow, and nicely varied and with plenty of room for personalization. There is a great deal of fresh produce and various spices used- so as always read through the recipes first to make sure you have all the called for ingredients- or something you would like to substitute. I am still finding random things missing from store shelves, so planning ahead and with specific recipes or possibilities in mind is important. I thought the recipes were well organized. I like that the metric conversion charts were included at the end of the book, and thought that the images used nicely represented the food described. Foil Pack Dinners is a well written and organized cookbook. I recommend giving it a look, but think that for myself it would be a library borrow rather than a purchase since I have no cookbook shelving space left.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Foil Pack Dinners is a technique guide and recipe collection for steaming/grilling and more in foil on the grill and oven. Released by Simon & Schuster on their Tiller Press imprint, it's 192 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats. It has a logical and accessible format. The author provides a good introduction (I was unaware of the papillote or el cartoccio techniques prior to encountering this book, except in the most general terms Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Foil Pack Dinners is a technique guide and recipe collection for steaming/grilling and more in foil on the grill and oven. Released by Simon & Schuster on their Tiller Press imprint, it's 192 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats. It has a logical and accessible format. The author provides a good introduction (I was unaware of the papillote or el cartoccio techniques prior to encountering this book, except in the most general terms from camping trips in my childhood - very primitively steamed fish). She continues with a tutorial on sourcing and buying the right heavy duty foil for cooking, different ways of packing food in foil (flat packs, tents), ingredient prep, liquids, and even transporting food in foil. The author does a thorough job of covering all the relevant points of different heat sources, safety, and food handling. The recipes are well written and clear. They're grouped by category: chicken, meats, fish, vegetarian. The recipe ingredients are listed in a sidebar. Measurements are given in American standard only (with a conversion table in the back of the book for metric). The recipes don't include nutritional information or serving size/yields. My main quibble with the book is that the recipes are mostly not photographed. There are some photos, and they're clear and attractive, but they only represent about 5% of the recipes included in the book. It is, however, a very well written book full of tasty food prepared in a novel way. This would make a good gift for folks living away from home for the first time, as well as adventurous cooks looking for some interesting and tasty new techniques. I liked that much of the recipes can easily be made ahead of time. This would be a great collection to adapt to meal-prep and planning lifestyles. Four stars. Well written and attractive. Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sara Hill

    Foil Packaged Dinners by Julia Rutland grabbed my attention at “Stop doing the dishes…” However, many of the meals required getting other dishes dirty as prep work. Some recipes more than others. I was expecting to be able to throw a bunch of cut up food into some foil, fold it up, cook it, and, bam, dinner. That is not the case. Because of this, I think this book is great for camping meal ideas, BBQ day, after a hurricane when you are using a grill, and other similar situations. You would have Foil Packaged Dinners by Julia Rutland grabbed my attention at “Stop doing the dishes…” However, many of the meals required getting other dishes dirty as prep work. Some recipes more than others. I was expecting to be able to throw a bunch of cut up food into some foil, fold it up, cook it, and, bam, dinner. That is not the case. Because of this, I think this book is great for camping meal ideas, BBQ day, after a hurricane when you are using a grill, and other similar situations. You would have to be choosy with your ingredients and the vegetable section would probably be best in those situations. Most of those are situations you don’t want to dirty a lot of dishes or have limited resources, so the simpler recipes are much more useful. I would have liked to have seen more of this type of recipe. Photos of all the recipes would have been nice. I found the ones with photos more enticing to try because I can see what I will be eating before I start. What I felt the book did well was the introduction, tips and tricks, types of foil, temps, measurements, etc. There are so many types of foil, and I had no idea what a difference different types of foil would make. The tips and tricks are especially helpful. Like any kind of cooking there are rules to how you use different pans, oils, utensils, etc. This is no different. Again, I didn’t think about that. I just figured you throw a bunch of food in some foil and cook it. I found the flow of the book was nice. There were a few dishes that could be in two sections, but overall, not a big deal. There were also some old popular recipes, along with lots of new flavourful and unique dishes to try. I think this book is great in terms of being a cookbook. I think the “Stop doing the dishes…” needs to be changed in the description as I found that misleading. There are very unique and excellent recipes to try. I would have liked some simpler recipes with just a cutting board, knife, and foil involved and less prep work. I received an electronic advanced reader copy from Tiller Press through NetGalley. All opinions are 100% my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Jack

    Mostly for Omnivores I love the idea of foil pack dinners and side dishes, so when I saw this book at one of my favorite book review sites, I had to pick it up. The author does a good job explaining some foil cooking basics, like the types of oil to use and the two distinct pack shapes. I do wish, though, that she had pictures of some of this introductory material, especially accompanying the directions for how to make the packs. While I've made many tented dishes, I haven't made flat packs; I’m Mostly for Omnivores I love the idea of foil pack dinners and side dishes, so when I saw this book at one of my favorite book review sites, I had to pick it up. The author does a good job explaining some foil cooking basics, like the types of oil to use and the two distinct pack shapes. I do wish, though, that she had pictures of some of this introductory material, especially accompanying the directions for how to make the packs. While I've made many tented dishes, I haven't made flat packs; I’m sure there are many cooks who have made neither. The recipes themselves were often a foil pack riff on standard dishes, like Chicken Cordon Bleu and meatloaf. One thing I didn't like about the book is its heavy emphasis on meat and meat analogs. The bulk of the book is the big meaty proteins, and even the vegetable chapter used fake meat on occasion. As a vegetarian, I would have loved to have seen more vegetable recipes. Even the sandwich chapter is all meat sandwiches. I do question how well this technique works with sandwiches because food typically steams in a foil pack, and she does have you put the complete sandwich on bread in the foil pack. Wouldn't that, perhaps, make for soggy bread? There are some photos in this book, though not all recipes have a photo of the finished recipe. Some have no photos at all while others, somewhat inexplicably, have pictures of the raw ingredients instead of the finished dish. Seriously, I don't need to see a photo of cabbage, but I would like to know what the final dish looks like! Many recipe photos were taken as if you're looking directly down at the dish. I don't think that perspective best shows what the food looks like. If the concept of foil-pack cooking intrigues you and you're a meat eater, this book will provide some interesting recipes as well as tips and techniques to help you along. I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review. My book blog: https://www.readingfanaticreviews.com

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I absolutely loved this cookbook. It had so much information on foil-packs. Not only does it include how to fold them (and the variety of folds you can use), but I found that they included information I wasn't expecting. They mentioned a variety of cooking methods, making this cookbook useful for people using ovens, bbqs, and campfires, as well as transporting/storing your foil packs and what type of foil to use. The ingredients aren't difficult to find and the author includes alternatives and s I absolutely loved this cookbook. It had so much information on foil-packs. Not only does it include how to fold them (and the variety of folds you can use), but I found that they included information I wasn't expecting. They mentioned a variety of cooking methods, making this cookbook useful for people using ovens, bbqs, and campfires, as well as transporting/storing your foil packs and what type of foil to use. The ingredients aren't difficult to find and the author includes alternatives and substitutions for ingredients that are less common or that may pose a problem for those with dietary restrictions (keto, grains, etc.). I was extremely impressed with the variety and would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cooking flavourful meals in minimal time. I have a class of grade 6 - 9 students that I will be recommending try this (in addition to reading the cautionary instructions at the beginning). These simple, easy to follow recipes would be enjoyable for even beginner cooks. Thank you to Netgalley and @simonschuster for providing a copy of this e-book for review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marissa

    This review is based on an ARC of Foil Pack Dinners which I received courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher. I loved the ideas in this cookbook and the way it's set up. The author starts by educating her readers on foil and how to properly tent and flip it. She then includes how to complete these easy to follow recipes on the grill or oven. Her chapters include recipes broken down into the following main ingredients: chicken and turkey, beef and pork, handheld (aka sandwiches), fish and seafood, This review is based on an ARC of Foil Pack Dinners which I received courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher. I loved the ideas in this cookbook and the way it's set up. The author starts by educating her readers on foil and how to properly tent and flip it. She then includes how to complete these easy to follow recipes on the grill or oven. Her chapters include recipes broken down into the following main ingredients: chicken and turkey, beef and pork, handheld (aka sandwiches), fish and seafood, and veggies. I found myself repeatedly marking down recipes to try and getting hungrier with each page. I'm especially excited to try the Buffalo Chicken Bread; Smoked Pork Chops, Sweet Potato, and Cranberry Bake; and the Honey Chicken in Cowboy Cavier. The only negative thing I have to say about this book is that now every recipe has an accompanying photograph. I like to see what the finished product is supposed to look like. That being said, I can't wait to try so many of these recipes this summer and I encourage you to get your hands on a copy of this book today.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    The most useful part of this book is the foil folding information at the beginning. It can really help people who have never done campfire foils. This book has a lot more chicken recipes than any other, so while there are multiple sections that is the biggest one. Also, that chicken chapter is amusingly called yardbirds, but there aren't really other birds in there. Out of 25 yardbird recipes, 2 of them are turkey. Just call it chicken. . . What are you doing? Now about those recipes. . . The auth The most useful part of this book is the foil folding information at the beginning. It can really help people who have never done campfire foils. This book has a lot more chicken recipes than any other, so while there are multiple sections that is the biggest one. Also, that chicken chapter is amusingly called yardbirds, but there aren't really other birds in there. Out of 25 yardbird recipes, 2 of them are turkey. Just call it chicken. . . What are you doing? Now about those recipes. . . The author of this title is in that "sweet potatoes can replace potatoes" camp, which is just not in line with the feel for some of the recipes that she's got. Any of the recipes that are trying for a home cooking feel, like rustic, are just off the mark because they are overly doused with decorative parsley or full of badly seasoned savory yams. The book sets itself up to be a grilling or campfire cooking at home and the cover has these simple looking meals, but that simplicity and ease are missing in the text. It feels like the author lost track of what the heart of this was supposed to be. There is some over complication --even with the short number of steps in the instructions --makes the book feel like its trying too hard to be above itself. Grilling and campfire cooking (or done in the oven as many of these are) is its own thing and does not need to try to be something else.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Johanna Sawyer

    Foil pack dinners is a fun way to make dinner on the grill or straight from an oven. Variety of a hundred different dinner recipes made into a basic foil pack. Straight forward and simplistic. What did I like? The author first describes various aluminum foil from heavy duty to nonstick foil for your baking needs. She also gives you various methods for folding the foil into a boat and how to prevent foil from tearing. The recipes also include vegan/ vegetarian which was a pleasure for me. Not al Foil pack dinners is a fun way to make dinner on the grill or straight from an oven. Variety of a hundred different dinner recipes made into a basic foil pack. Straight forward and simplistic. What did I like? The author first describes various aluminum foil from heavy duty to nonstick foil for your baking needs. She also gives you various methods for folding the foil into a boat and how to prevent foil from tearing. The recipes also include vegan/ vegetarian which was a pleasure for me. Not all grilling is about meat. There is a good amount of pictures for the recipes as well. Would I buy or recommend? Yes, although it’s a pretty straightforward book and simplistic the recipes look yummy. Plus who doesn’t love easy clean up. So yes to recommending and buying. Thoughts for the author? Congratulations on your new release! Love the idea, and I’ve always been a fan of hobo meals. Some of the pictures were amazing looking.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Catie LeMar

    This book has a huge variety of meals that can be cooked as a 'one pot' type of meal, except that all the ingredients are folded into foil. At the beginning of the book the author goes over safety considerations, types of foil to use, and proper folding techniques to ensure meals cook properly. Meals can be cooked in the oven or on the grill, and the author gives tips for each of those cooking methods. The book is broken down into 4 sections--poultry, meat, seafood, and vegetables. There's a wide This book has a huge variety of meals that can be cooked as a 'one pot' type of meal, except that all the ingredients are folded into foil. At the beginning of the book the author goes over safety considerations, types of foil to use, and proper folding techniques to ensure meals cook properly. Meals can be cooked in the oven or on the grill, and the author gives tips for each of those cooking methods. The book is broken down into 4 sections--poultry, meat, seafood, and vegetables. There's a wide variety of meal types--these meals aren't just for dinner! There are many things I wouldn't have considered cooking in foil, like stew, nachos, and mussels. The recipes are easy to follow. The directions are written fairly simply without a bunch of technical language that can be confusing. I'm looking forward to trying these recipes, especially now that grilling weather is upon us! Definitely recommend!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Penmouse

    Foil Pack Dinners by Julia Rutland is the perfect cookbook if you want cut down on washing dishes as her recipes are prepared using foil packs. You can choose to grill or bake your meal making this a wonderful year-round cookbook too. At the start of her cookbook the author details the different types of foil used in cooking and the different wraps that can be used as part of your foil cooking repertoire. She also discusses the best way to arrange foods in their foil packs for optimal cooking res Foil Pack Dinners by Julia Rutland is the perfect cookbook if you want cut down on washing dishes as her recipes are prepared using foil packs. You can choose to grill or bake your meal making this a wonderful year-round cookbook too. At the start of her cookbook the author details the different types of foil used in cooking and the different wraps that can be used as part of your foil cooking repertoire. She also discusses the best way to arrange foods in their foil packs for optimal cooking results. Some of the recipes you'll find include: Boursin Basil Stuffed Chicken Creamy Chicken and Green Chile Enchiladas Basic Hobo Packet Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions Baked Salmon with Orange and Herbs Recommend. Review written after downloading a galley from NetGalley.

  21. 5 out of 5

    KES

    If you are a camper - get it, get it now!!! What a terrific cookbook!! Holy Moly - I am excited for summer with this cookbook. I can hardly wait to break out to use these recipes while camping. Recipes are for oven or grill but all I could think about was being able to prepare my foil packets & store in zipper lock plastic bags in my cooler. I can pull out and start dinner with no fuse after a day on the lake or in the woods. Chicken recipes had nice vegetables in packets and different flavor prof If you are a camper - get it, get it now!!! What a terrific cookbook!! Holy Moly - I am excited for summer with this cookbook. I can hardly wait to break out to use these recipes while camping. Recipes are for oven or grill but all I could think about was being able to prepare my foil packets & store in zipper lock plastic bags in my cooler. I can pull out and start dinner with no fuse after a day on the lake or in the woods. Chicken recipes had nice vegetables in packets and different flavor profiles. Even the vegetable recipes (I don't like veggies) made me think which ones I wanted to try first. Lots of variety with the meats and interesting flavors. Only down side - no desserts!! For someone who needs to cull her cookbook collection even further, I am thinking I need to pick this up for camping. I received and ARC for my review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Nice cookbook with illustrations. Very informative and easy to use. Gives a basic summary of foil pack cooking including the multiple ways of wrapping foods and methods of cooking (Oven or Grill). I made Creamy Chicken and green cile enchiladas which was quite good. The kids liked helping me out the foil packs together. The chicken teriyaki meatballs were very good and will become a weekly addition to our meals. Looking forward to making Hunters chicken next. Loved the stuffed cabbage rolls, deli Nice cookbook with illustrations. Very informative and easy to use. Gives a basic summary of foil pack cooking including the multiple ways of wrapping foods and methods of cooking (Oven or Grill). I made Creamy Chicken and green cile enchiladas which was quite good. The kids liked helping me out the foil packs together. The chicken teriyaki meatballs were very good and will become a weekly addition to our meals. Looking forward to making Hunters chicken next. Loved the stuffed cabbage rolls, delicious and very easy to put together.; much less work than traditional recipes. Super simple wrapped flour der was another family favorite. Overall, we enjoyed all the recipes I made.

  23. 5 out of 5

    pageswithpayten

    Thank you NetGalley and Julia Rutland for letting me read an advance copy of this book in exchange for my hones opinion! This book could not have come at a better time! Life is busy and summer is hot. Spending hours standing in the kitchen cooking dinner is NOT my idea of a good time. I grew up eating Foil Pack dinners calling them "hobos" here in the Midwest! Last night we did an awesome recipe of chicken, potatoes and veggies. So easy to chop, season and just toss it in the oven, letting the Thank you NetGalley and Julia Rutland for letting me read an advance copy of this book in exchange for my hones opinion! This book could not have come at a better time! Life is busy and summer is hot. Spending hours standing in the kitchen cooking dinner is NOT my idea of a good time. I grew up eating Foil Pack dinners calling them "hobos" here in the Midwest! Last night we did an awesome recipe of chicken, potatoes and veggies. So easy to chop, season and just toss it in the oven, letting the foil do the hard work, The easy prep isn't the best part, though, it's the cleanup! minimal dishes needed and as easy as tossing the foil when your meal is cooked! We will be using these recipes camping and all through the summer!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    There is a lot of good information in this book about cooking on a grill or oven with foil. The beginning of the book talks about various types of foil, coatings, Safety and strength. The illustrations are beautiful for each of the 100 recipes included in the book. There are several vegetarian recipes included that look easy to make. It gives tips for adapting recipes for grill, oven and even campfires. I hope when the physical book is published they fix the table of contents and index, but that There is a lot of good information in this book about cooking on a grill or oven with foil. The beginning of the book talks about various types of foil, coatings, Safety and strength. The illustrations are beautiful for each of the 100 recipes included in the book. There are several vegetarian recipes included that look easy to make. It gives tips for adapting recipes for grill, oven and even campfires. I hope when the physical book is published they fix the table of contents and index, but that's my only complaint. A perfect gift for the outdoor cook in your family, the recipes are easy to follow without exotic ingredients. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Have made foil dinners, grilled over charcoal, before but this cookbook provides vastly unique manus along with suggestions for cooking in the oven or out on the grill. Plus explains all the different kinds of foil and their uses. Fancy meals too. Never thought about making Chicken Piccata with foil. So many of the recipes impressed me as several I have never considered using the grill instead of the oven. Looking forward to trying my hand at Greek Chicken with Olives and Feta, Barbecue Chicken Have made foil dinners, grilled over charcoal, before but this cookbook provides vastly unique manus along with suggestions for cooking in the oven or out on the grill. Plus explains all the different kinds of foil and their uses. Fancy meals too. Never thought about making Chicken Piccata with foil. So many of the recipes impressed me as several I have never considered using the grill instead of the oven. Looking forward to trying my hand at Greek Chicken with Olives and Feta, Barbecue Chicken Breast Sweet Potato Boats, and several others as soon as grilling season begins! I received an advanced reader copy from NetGalley in exchange for my volunteer review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Laura Luzzi

    I have thought of this, but never really tried it. So when the book arrived, I said well just give it a try. I am pretty well hooked on this, what with the heat and my dishwasher broke! There are still many recipes I still want to try, but I will be honest, most of the time it's chicken & red peppers, sliced potatoes covered in Wishbone Italian House dressing. I did try the Honey mustard Ham w/ potatoes and the Tarragon Chicken with carrots. I tried other dishes and if I didn't have something I I have thought of this, but never really tried it. So when the book arrived, I said well just give it a try. I am pretty well hooked on this, what with the heat and my dishwasher broke! There are still many recipes I still want to try, but I will be honest, most of the time it's chicken & red peppers, sliced potatoes covered in Wishbone Italian House dressing. I did try the Honey mustard Ham w/ potatoes and the Tarragon Chicken with carrots. I tried other dishes and if I didn't have something I just used something else. I'm telling you, it is a really great way to cook. So thank you for all the great ideas.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kerri

    Such a great cookbook, especially for us this summer! We are big fans of grilling instead of cooking with the oven or stove when it is hot outside to keep the house a little cooler. This has a large variety of different dinner options that we can make as all-in-one packs on the grill (or in the oven). It offers a wide variety of delicious meal options: seafood, beef, chicken, vegetarian, even a breakfast option. The author used vibrant pictures of what you are making (a must for me in a great co Such a great cookbook, especially for us this summer! We are big fans of grilling instead of cooking with the oven or stove when it is hot outside to keep the house a little cooler. This has a large variety of different dinner options that we can make as all-in-one packs on the grill (or in the oven). It offers a wide variety of delicious meal options: seafood, beef, chicken, vegetarian, even a breakfast option. The author used vibrant pictures of what you are making (a must for me in a great cookbook). This book would be such a great addition to anyone's kitchen arsenal! I won this book in a giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    We have been making foil pac dinners ever since our daughter returned home from camp telling me all about one they made and was excited to teach me how. Since then I have made them for my husband and myself usually with beef or chicken and pretty basic. The meat and spices change but the vegetables are the same. Now we can change it up! Foil Pack Dinners by Julia Rutland gives us a lot of ways in which to do this! I am excited to try the first one. I collect cookbooks and this one will be added! We have been making foil pac dinners ever since our daughter returned home from camp telling me all about one they made and was excited to teach me how. Since then I have made them for my husband and myself usually with beef or chicken and pretty basic. The meat and spices change but the vegetables are the same. Now we can change it up! Foil Pack Dinners by Julia Rutland gives us a lot of ways in which to do this! I am excited to try the first one. I collect cookbooks and this one will be added! foil pack dinners are so very easy to make and extremely tasty! Yum!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lois

    Thank you to @NetGalley for ARC. I love this cookbook is packed full of quick & easy to prepare recipes with beautiful photos. The recipes are very easy to make using the grill or over a campfire, most using only a few basic ingredients. Very easy to understand directions with beautiful color photos ncluded. These recipes could be used while camping. The kids could even help prepare the flat foil packet recipes in advance. Good way to teach children about recipes and helping to prepare meals. #Ne Thank you to @NetGalley for ARC. I love this cookbook is packed full of quick & easy to prepare recipes with beautiful photos. The recipes are very easy to make using the grill or over a campfire, most using only a few basic ingredients. Very easy to understand directions with beautiful color photos ncluded. These recipes could be used while camping. The kids could even help prepare the flat foil packet recipes in advance. Good way to teach children about recipes and helping to prepare meals. #NetGalley #FoilPacketDinners

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    This is a handy cookbook for those nights you want to make a hobo dinner but FANCY. I've made hobo packets for years, it's a camping favorite, but this is next level hobo dinners. Chicken cordon blue, fish tacos, and even sandwiches! The recipes are easy to follow with instructions for the oven and grilling. These are perfect dinners for those hot summer nights you don't want to heat up the kitchen. Easy recipes to have the kids help with and throw on the grill (or the oven if you desire). Thank y This is a handy cookbook for those nights you want to make a hobo dinner but FANCY. I've made hobo packets for years, it's a camping favorite, but this is next level hobo dinners. Chicken cordon blue, fish tacos, and even sandwiches! The recipes are easy to follow with instructions for the oven and grilling. These are perfect dinners for those hot summer nights you don't want to heat up the kitchen. Easy recipes to have the kids help with and throw on the grill (or the oven if you desire). Thank you Net Galley for the free ARC in exchange for honest review.

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