Cooking the Cowboy Way: Recipes Inspired by Campfires, Chuck Wagons, and Ranch Kitchens
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Cowboy-turned-chef Grady Spears presents a focused, food-oriented guide to life lived “the cowboy way.” With years spent in the saddle, Chef Spears has intimate knowledge of the grit and gristle of the cowboy life, as well as a keen intuition for the kinds of food capable of satisfying a cowboy’s well-earned hunger. Chapters are divided by region, starting with the Brazos River Cowboys of Graham Texas and traveling through cowboy cultures in Arizona, Alberta, Florida and Missouri. Chef Spears provides authentic recipes for each region, e.g. “Vaquero Migas” (Mexican cowboy scrambled eggs) out of Fort Worth, and even doses out an anecdote here and there to flesh out the cowboy experience. What pervades the book and seems to define the whole cowboy ethos is a healthy respect for the land and the animals that depend on it. Chef Spears demonstrates that cowboy cooking isn’t all about hearty portions, smoky flavors or well-marbled meats. Cowboy cooking at its finest is intuitively sustainable. And as much as the work of a cowboy depends on maintaining a balance with the land, the meal of a cowboy should reflect that – and Chef Spears’ book pays homage.