Big Sky Cooking
Big Sky Cooking captures food, life, and friends in the American West. Here is the real home on the range, loaded with down-to-earth charm, delicious food, delightful stories, and great ideas for entertaining family and friends.
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 224 pages.
Author: Meredith Brokaw and Ellen Wright
Description: The West has a permanent pull on the American psyche. It's the place where the prairie meets the mountains, the mountains meet the sky, and the sky goes on forever. It's the home of our legends, our heroes and outlaws, our romanticized past.
Meredith and Tom Brokaw could feel the attraction all the way from their home in New York City. Native South Dakotans, they had settled into a frenetic Manhattan lifestyle, tempered by frequent visits to Montana, until Tom could no longer resist. He convinced Meredith to join him in buying a ranch north of Yellowstone. Meredith, in turn, convinced her friend, passionate cook Ellen Wright, to come and discover for herself the bounty of the region -- its trout, bison, and elk; locally raised poultry; native fruits and vegetables. The result is Big Sky Cooking, a personal story of this Montana experience told through delicious recipes and menus, charming reflections, and glorious color photographs.
Nearly one hundred recipes, from new dishes to family standbys to reinterpreted classics, are organized into twenty menus that let you dip into the western lifestyle for any occasion: from a sunrise breakfast with eggs straight from the chicken coop to a picnic on the fly. from a rodeo dinner to a moonlight supper under the stars. The food is straightforward, unpretentious fare, as honest as Montanans and guaranteed to make every hour of the day an opportunity to enjoy the good life.
Along the way you'll be introduced to the region's charms: its slow rhythms, its work ethic, the influences of the ancient peoples and European settlers who formed the present-day state, the "neighbors" who live two hours away, the glow at dusk that's so extraordinary it has its own name.
Reflections from five friends -- and one spouse -- further the magic and mystery of Big Sky:
- Novelist Tom McGuane on the enchantment of riding horses
- Writer and food historian William Hjortsberg on the amazing culinary secrets of the West
- Novelist James Harrison on the highs and lows of eating while fishing
- Essayist Verlyn Klinkenborg on the volatile wonders of Montana weather
- Wildlife artist and writer James Prosek on the sheer joy of trout fishing in the Boulder River
- Author and outdoorsman Tom Brokaw on returning to his roots
Fall in love with the American West -- one great story, One great meal, one breathtaking photograph at a time.
Condition: Jacket has light scratch marks and edge is slightly creased. Opening blank page has some streak spots. Further good condition.