No, this is not The Backpacker's Gourmet. Powledge is one of those irreverent and affably opinionated types, ready to battle anyone on the superiority of the Optimus 99 or the (American!) Coleman Peak 1 stove, especially over the Colin Fletcher favorite, the Svea 123 (""absolute turkeys""). And his recipes are not for purists either. He's brash and unapologetic about his choices. Of course, that old standby Gorp is high on the list. He's also partial to Cup-a-Soup, Uncle Ben's Quick Rice, dried eggs, instant oatmeal, and Vienna sausages (""Some people hate Vienna sausages. Some love them. I'm ambivalent, but I always wonder while I'm eating them what they're made of""). Also, macaroni and homemade jerky, ""shrimp creole, sort of,"" and lots of dishes with curry powder for disguise. Written with more style than class and more nerve than either, this may go down better as food for thought.