Bring the Flavors of the National Parks Home with these Recipes

January 19, 2010, 12:04 pm

If you’re looking for a reminder of a recent national park vacation, or need a taste of cuisine inspired by the great outdoors, pick up a copy of Dining at Great American Lodges, which features recipes from iconic lodges located in and near national parks across the country.

Some of our favorite recipes include Black Bean Soup from the El Tovar Hotel in Grand Canyon National Park, Pork Chops and Sausage from Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park, and Maine Blueberry Pie from the Bar Harbor Inn just outside Acadia National Park.

The recipes have been provided by chefs at these great lodges, then tested and adapted for the home cook by author Sharon O’Connor.

In addition to the recipes, Dining at Great American Lodges, also includes stories about each of the parks it features, as well as beautiful photographs of our national parks, and artwork inspired by these natural places.

“Our national park and the lodges in them are an American story,” said O’Connor, “Many of the lodges featured in the book were built as part of WPA projects, and we wanted to tell that story.”

Much of the artwork featured from the book is from the WPA era.

The recipe book is part of O’Connor’s Menus and Music series, and comes with a CD of songs inspired by the music of the pioneers who ventured across America and brought their musical traditions with them. This blend bluegrass, country, western swing, slack key and jazz is a cross-country journey to enjoy while cooking, dining and relaxing at home.

For more information, or to purchase the book, visit