I'm a recent convert to the joys of camping, but already I'm hooked: Sitting around a campfire at dusk with friends, beers in hand, with nothing to do but talk and tend to dinner—this is one of the little joys in life. And when you camp with people as food-obsessed as I am, you eat well. On my first camping trip, we roasted a pig; on the second, we went a little less ambitious with this stand grill. Cheap and simple to set up, all you do is place it over the fire and you have a flat surface for grill pans, skillets, pots or kettles. We used it with a couple of cast iron pans to cook all our meals—bratwurst, veggies, and even a frittata with home fries for breakfast. As we dug into our feast on the second night, plates balanced on our knees, we all agreed that somehow, food just tastes better this way.
Texsport Heavy Duty Camp Grill, $20.61 at Amazon.com