As at home on the coffee table as it is on the kitchen counter, this definitive cowboy cookbook features historical essays and photographs depicting life on the Chisholm Trail alongside recipes that reinvent cowboy cuisine. Cowboy-turned-chef Grady Spears reinvents chuckwagon dishes from Barbecued Quail Tamales to Pork Tenderloin with Watermelon Salsa to Butterscotch Pie by elevating them to haute cowboy cuisine.
Equal parts cookbook, history lesson, and photographic essay, The Texas Cowboy Kitchen blends Spears's distinctive culinary recipes with June Naylor's narrative of life on the Chisholm Trail and Erwin E. Smith's award-winning black-and-white cowboy photography and four-color culinary shots. Divided into 10 chapters ranging from "Campfire Cocktails" to "Things You Don't Rope" to "Chuckwagon Secrets," The Texas Cowboy Kitchen contains 100 original recipes perfected at Spears's renowned former restaurants, the Chisholm Club in Fort Worth, Texas, and the Nutt House Restaurant in Granbury, Texas—both of which satisfied wagonloads of hungry customers.
Because cowboys spend long days outdoors in every kind of weather, sometimes for weeks at a time, satiating a cowboy's hunger is a challenge for ranch cooks from Texas to Florida, north into Canada, and south of the border into Mexico. This collection of almost one hundred recipes is not only the result of Grady's journey across North America, but also the cowboy's journey through history.
In Cooking the Cowboy Way, you'll have a ringside seat at the rodeo as Grady wrestles down new recipes from some incredible cowboy cooks and kitchen wranglers who know what hungry cow folks want to eat. And in the process, you'll be carried away by the magic of starry nights by the campfire and seduced by the heritage of the chuck wagon and ranch kitchens, where the menus are still stoked by the traditions of the Old West just as they have been for a century or more.
Whether they are riding the range under a blazing Texas sun or a cool Montana moon, or working on a hollywood sound stage, cowboys and cowgirls can work up a hearty appetite. The All-American Cowboy Cookbook is filled to the brim with favorite recipes from the country's most famous western stars?from the Silver Screen and television to rodeo heroes and cooks on real working ranches, as well as recipes from some of the best cowboy balladeers ever to lasso a microphone.
Inside you will find a variety of cowboy fare?from John Wayne's favorite grits recipe to James Arness's Gunsmokin' Chili and Clint Eastwood's Spaghetti Western. Here too are chicken and dumplings from Roy Rogers, chilies rellenos from James Garner, and cherished family recipes from Annie Oakley star Gail Davis. There's much more including a breakfast delight from Gregory Peck, Walter Brennan's clam showder, and Gene Autry's delicious peanut butter pie.
Singers George Strait, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Michael Martin Murphey are among those who have shared their mouth-watering recipes. And your taste buds will giddyup for recipes from Brooks & Dunn, Patsy Montana, Randolph Scott, the Sons of the Pioneers and a corral full of more than 150 other cowboy stars.
Loaded with nearly 200 classic photographs and saddlebags full of Old West memories and fun trivia teasers, The All-American Cowboy Cookbook is sure to cause a stampede to the dinner table when you holler, "Come and git it!"
In 450 recipes covering every state as well as Canada and Puerto Rico, BBQ USA celebrates the best of regional live-fire cooking. Finger-lickin' or highfalutin; smoked, rubbed, mopped, or pulled; cooked in minutes or slaved over all through the night, American barbecue is where fire meets obsession. There's grill-crazy California, where everything gets fired up - dates, Caesar salad, lamb shanks, mussels. Latin-influenced Florida, with its Chimichurri Game Hens and Mojo-Marinated Pork on Sugar Cane. Maple syrup flavors the grilled fare of Vermont; Wisconsin throws its kielbasa over the coals; Georgia barbecues Vidalias; and Hawaii makes its pineapples sing. Accompanying the recipes are hundreds of tips, techniques, sidebars, and pit stops. It's a coast-to-coast extravaganza, from soup (grilled, chilled, and served in shooters) to nuts (yes, barbecued peanuts, from Kentucky).