- Author Bio
Embrace backcountry living at home with these delicious recipes inspired by life in the Rocky Mountains, from celebrated backcountry chef Katie Mitzel, bestselling author of The Skoki Cookbook.
Nestled in and around the Rocky Mountains are a series of remote backcountry lodges offering the experience of a lifetime. Katie Mitzel has spent the last twenty years as a chef in these lodges, joyfully feeding hungry travelers who have journeyed hundreds of miles to have their own backcountry adventures. Whether you’re wilderness hiking, off-piste skiing, or simply relaxing, the backcountry offers total immersion in the stunning mountains, coupled with the allure of completely unplugging from daily life.
In Rocky Mountain Cooking, Katie shares her favorite lodge recipes, many taking inspiration from the colors and textures of mountains, glacial lakes, wildflowers, and starry nights. Her dishes are full of unexpected flavors and mouthwatering aromas, but are accessible enough to create at home, using ingredients readily available from the grocery store (brought into the backcountry for her on horseback or by snowmobile or helicopter!). Cooking in the backcountry has brought Katie unique moments of inspiration and gratitude, like carefully adjusting ingredients when baking at altitude, and appreciating the simple benefits of water and heat after manually hauling water by the gallon and cooking without power. As a result, her food is simple, fulfilling, hearty, and comforting.
Start your day with Skillet-Baked Huevos Rancheros. Enjoy a hearty Summer Hiking Salad after a long trek or busy workday. Snack on some Climbers’ Cookies at the top of a ski run. Then indulge in Baked Halibut with Scallops and Asparagus, along with a slice of Lemony Lavender Buttermilk Cake for dessert. All of the recipes are perfect for gathering your family and friends around the table to share a meal, hear the stories from your outdoor adventures, and maybe plan your next.
Filled with breathtaking landscape photography and profiles of select beloved lodges, Rocky Mountain Cooking brings the natural bliss of backcountry living into your daily life, no matter where you live.
MODERN TAKE ON COUNTRY COOKING: Rocky Mountain Cooking is more than the traditional country cookbook of yesteryear. It features recipes for both adventure-seekers and for those wanting a more relaxed meal at the table.
A TREND THAT’S NOT GOING ANYWHERE: Mindfulness and a return to a slower pace of life are top of mind, whether through forest bathing, meditation, or any number of activities. Backcountry living and cooking fit into that perfectly.
SPECIAL SALES DREAM: Katie self-published The Skoki Cookbook in 2012, and has sold over 23K copies to date. Thanks to her network of backcountry lodges, five of which are featured in the book, as well as her existing fans, Rocky Mountain Cooking will be a perfect keepsake for travelers far and wide.
JAW-DROPPING LANDSCAPES: Featuring a rustic yet contemporary design, readers can take a piece of backcountry with them thanks to the stunning photography of Canada’s natural beauty, from high mountain tops to gorgeous meadows and inviting lodges.
Joint Marketing/Sales outreach to lodges featured in the book
Digital advertising targeting locals and visitors to the Rockies
Publicity: Regional media outreach in Alberta & BC
Extensive outreach to travel magazines
Major outreach to lifestyle/food publications
Recipe placement in print publications like Globe and Mail, National Post & Vancouver Sun
Leverage authors extensive network of lodges for author events and appearances
Specialty bookstore visits
Pitch to festivals in Whistler, Vancouver & Calgary
Author Website: www.shadowlakelodge.com
Author Social Media: Facebook: 12080 likes; Instagram: 700 followers;
“Katie Mitzel delivers the best of backcountry cooking right to your home kitchen and connects every bite with the adventures you have had, while inspiring the next. You can’t help but want to go back for seconds.” –Sara Renner, Olympic medalist, and Thomas Grandi, World Cup champion
“Chef Katie Mitzel has spent the past two decades cooking in remote backcountry lodges in the Canadian Rockies; she draws inspiration from grassy peaks and glacial lakes to create dishes to fuel appetites worked up by the great outdoors. Ingredients are grocery store familiar (and basic enough to transport to her kitchen by horseback, snowmobile or chopper) and yes, there are Grainy Trail Cookies, but also Baked Halibut with Scallops and Asparagus, and Lavender Buttermilk Cake.” –The Globe & Mail
“Each recipe is designed to satiate the appetites of fellow outdoor enthusiasts as well as those who are just hungry for more info on 'lodge food.'” – Aleesha Harris, Vancouver Sun
“The photos of glorious mountainscapes in all seasons draw you in; flipping through this book makes you want to travel to all those remote, ruggedly beautiful places.” –Gail Johnson, The Georgia Straight
“This mouth-watering cookbook transports you to Canada’s backcountry, and will warm you up on a cold winter night even if you never make any of the recipes.” –Lois Alter Mark, Forbes