Eating Up the Santa Fe Trail

Eating Up the Santa Fe Trail is a combination cookbook and history book. Author Sam Arnold is a food historian and the chef and owner of the Fort restaurant in Morrison, Colorado. 


Format: Softcover, 130 pages. 

Copyright: 1990 

Publisher: University Press Of Colorado 

Author: Sam P. Arnold 

ISBN: 9780870811876

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Description: Journey westward along the Santa Fe Trail with renowned food historian Sam Arnold, as he ventures back in time to the early-nineteenth century. From Missouri, across Kansas to Bent's Fort, Colorado, and on to Santa Fe, New Mexico, learn in the words of the travelers themselves how to prepare such trail fare as buffalo, elk, crane, Indian "washtunkala," the jerked meat stew, and roast colts- foot for salt. 

Learn about the role of alcohol as a trade item on the trail and how to make the local "belly washes" such as Injun Whiskey (made with black gunpowder, red pepper, and tobacco juice), the Hailstorm, and the traditional eggnog, usually drunk after a hanging. 

This delightfully entertaining and informative book is filled with rare information painstakingly culled from thousands of sources, including the diaries and journals of many who rode the trail. Generously illustrated with scenes of the period, Eating Up the Santa Fe Trail contains recipes of trappers, traders, settlers, various Indian tribes, Mexicans, and military soldiers. 

Written by Sam Arnold, famous chef and owner of the popular Fort restaurant in Morrison, Colorado, Eating Up the Santa Fe Trail works for today's kitchens as well as for the buckskinner's campfire. This unique blend of culinary and western history is filled with the delicacies and oddities of the Old West and is a must for the professional chef, buckskinner, historian, and gastronome. 

Perhaps the American West's best-known chef, restaurateur, and food historian, Sam Arnold has contributed to, and has been featured in, a number of publications and television programs including Bon Appetit, Gourmet, the New York Times, Newsday, and "The Today Show." He has also hosted a PBS TV series on western cooking and is a travel correspondent for the Denver Post. Among his previous publications is his best-selling cookbook, Frying Pans West. 

Known for both her fine art and historical research, Carrie Arnold has illustrated a number of books including Frying Pans West and the University of Nebraska edition of Bent's Fort by David Lavender. The Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe at the end of the Santa Fe Trail has been her abiding interest. The details in her paintings are thoroughly researched and often give rare insights into the lifestyles of the period. She is Colorado born and educated. 


Condition: Front cover has a small scratch mark. Further good condition. 

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