THE COWBOY'S COOKBOOK: Recipes and Tales from Campfires, Cookouts and Chuck Wagons


From chuckwagon recipes to dutch-oven favorites for your own campfire, The Cowboy's Cookbook features recipes, photos, and lore celebrating the cowboy’s role in the shaping of the American West. From songs sung around the campfire after hearty meals of steak, beans, and skillet cornbread to the recipes you'll need to recreate those trailside meals in your own kitchen, this book will get you in touch with the spirit of the Old West.

Sherry Monahan is the President of Western Writers of America, and holds memberships in Women Writing the West, the Author’s Guild, the Wild West History Association, National Genealogical Society, Association of Professional Genealogists, and the National Women’s History Museum. She has her own column (Frontier Fare) in and is a contributing editor for True West magazine. Other publications include Mrs. Earp and Frontier Fare (both Two Dot) Tombstone Times, Tombstone Tumbleweed, Tombstone Epitaph, Arizona Highways, and other freelance works. She was a contributor to The Best of the Best of Arizona and Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work.


This is an old fashioned cook book taken mostly from either recipes from chuck wagons, restaurants, or ranches from the early 1900’s. I noticed quite a few dates of 1900- 1909. There are also some stories of trail life or life on a ranch, and there was one about Teddy Roosevelt when he was out west. The recipes themselves are just good old fashion stick to your ribs kind of food, and some of them reminded me of my grandmothers just simple but tasted good. I think being homemade had something to do with that. Has a sourdough starter, and even the pie crust and pancake are simple but remember they are using butter or lard so there is a different flavor. Some of the recipes also call for molasses which also has a different taste but a lot of people don’t use any more. I found this book to be a very good cookbook, and easy to follow directions. I got this book from netgalley. I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at

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