« on: August 19, 2016, 04:50:42 pm »
I've done it both ways, and both ways work just fine. It's certainly not necessary to cook, so if you don't want to, don't. When not cooking, I eat about one third of my meals at cafes, and two thirds from grocery store food. When camping out of town, I stop in the last town I pass through before camp and buy a sandwich, fried chicken, chocolate milk, etc. for dinner, and bagels or donuts or pop tarts to start the next day.
When I cook, I use an alcohol stove. It's very simple to use, but you can only make very simple meals. Those freeze-dried meals in foil taste great to me at the end of a long day, but it can be hard to find them out in the middle of nowhere. You can also easily cook rice with some sort of meat and vegetables. The biggest advantage of the stove for me is having oatmeal for breakfast before setting out. It's a lot better than eating pop tarts and donuts.
A big part of the decision depends on how okay you are with cold food, or how much you crave hot food.