Galway family’s camping cookbook gains worldwide acclaim

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Camping Soul Food, Photo Credit: Julia Dunin Photography

A Galway family has found worldwide fame for their foray into the literary world, with their 64 meal cookbook for campers nominated in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

Camping Soul Food, created together by the Buggans family, has been nominated in three categories for the next Gourmand Awards – Family, First Cookbook, and Self Published.

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards were founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau. Every year, they honour the best food and wine books, printed or digital, as well as food television.

There will be more than 80 countries and regions represented at this year’s awards, including many samplings from world renowned culinary areas.

Since being published in May of this year, Camping Soul Food has sold close to 3,000 copies, and is stocked throughout Ireland at independent retailers.

Malachy “I’m an Author” Duggan of Camping Soul Food, said that the response to the family’s creative endeavor has been amazing.

“For something we only made to create a memento for Easkey to be nominated for three awards with the best in the business as well as representing Ireland, well that’s a dream come through.”

“We’ve just been letting the fact that well we are authors sink in now imagine how much craic we will have telling people we are recognised internationally for our tunes and food pairings! It is the best”.

The book idea was born after countless trips, which started with surviving on burgers and pasta-pesto, Carrie, Mal and Easkey (The Buggans Family) got more experienced and learned so much about cooking hacks with limited space, prioritising the fridge to store beers and refreshments, and how much more enjoyable brilliant tunes are when you’re outdoors with tasty grub.

The Buggans Family. Photo Credit: Julia Dunin Photography

What started out as a random collection of notes and scribbles and promises of “one day, we’ll write a book” has finally come to fruition, due in no small part to the year that 2020 was.

The dishes can be cooked anywhere that your travel and adventure take you. It could be just the back yard or local park.

All this food and music magic has been created by the Buggans family – a little family of three who love exploring in their campervan around Ireland.

To buy your copy of Camping Soul Food, check it out online here: or consult your independent bookstore.