A:Next, you'll want to expand your outdoors cooking skills beyond just boiling up some rice or pasta. Buy a copy of Lipsmackin’ Backpackin’ ($16) and the NOLS Cookery book ($15). These books are full of recipes that taste good, have a lot of variety, and are relatively easy to make, as long as you have basic cooking skills. The dishes you'll make here work best on group trips when you can share cooking chores and the load. But even a solo hiker will get some great ideas.