By living right and watching my P's and Q's.. (that's the only reason I can think of :)).. the very nice lady from the Andrews McNeel Publishing Company in Kansas City sent another cookbook for me to check out.
This is a book by cowboy chef Grady Spears titled Cooking the Cowboy Way.
(with June Naylor)
In MY eyes Grady had a big strike against him from the get go by living and cooking in a city. Ft Worth to be exact. What could a city boy know about cowboy cooking?
I was wrong....
I'm an avid outdoor cook... so I spent several days pouring over Grady's book looking for a reason to dislike it. lol I couldn't fine one....not one.
It's a great book! Grady knows his stuff.
Grady IS a cowboy, has worked in the saddle. Also knows that there is such a thing as a "Cowboy code".
From his book...
"The cowboy's world has been idealized in film and books, but the real cowboy's life is far from glamorous. "
"Few folks understand that a real cowboy lives by a code defined by respect for hard work and an understanding of the rhythms of nature."
That caught my attention. Grady knows and understands what it takes to live the cowboy/cowgirl life and he knows that it takes more than cobblers, biscuits and beans to keep a ranch hand happy. :)
His book "Cooking the Cowboy Way" is a collection of recipes from across the U.S. and Canada. Ranch cooks, cowgirls and cowboys who live the life and know how to tend a fire are creating dishes such as Grilled Oysters with Pico, Ranchero Grilled Quail and Blackened Grouper with Orange Remoulade.
It's a great collection of what's cookin' in the back yards and pastures across the ranching community. More than biscuits and beans.... actual stick to your ribs, hearty feasts fit for hard working cowgirls like me. :)
I'm looking forward to giving these recipes a try!
Hat's off to you Grady Spears. You've earned this cowgirl's respect......now I'm off to look for more of your books. :) lol