Cowgirl Cuisine: Rustic Recipes and Cowgirl Adventures from a Texas Ranch
William Morrow, 2007 (2007)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
hen chef and food writer Paula Disbrowe decided she needed a change, she brushed the dust of New York City off her shoes and headed for Texas Hill Country. Not only was it a change of locale, it was a change of lifestyle. And cuisine.
aula Disbrowe is no stranger to the food world. She spent ten years in Manhattan working as a food and travel writer. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and she served as food editor of
. So she brings a great deal of experience in the world of food to her first cookbook.
he didn't take long to convert from stiletto heels and cocktail dresses to cowboy hat and boots, to raising animals and finding new ways to cook beans. As she says, '
There was a lot I didn't know about Hill Country – the brisket and breakfast tacos, the fire ants and scorpions, the cactus blossoms and oak trees. And I certainly had no idea what it was like to live on a ranch.
' Don't skip this Introduction, which gives an insight into the woman she was and the woman she became (and with whom she was comfortable).
isbrowe's cooking style changed dramatically and she presents a cookbook with mouth-watering recipes, blending her know-how with new and exciting ingredients. Take the
Quinoa Salad with Tomatillo Vinaigrette
, or try
Carrot Habanero Soup
. Giving tips along the way for preparation of ingredients, she has also inserted essays on her new surroundings that sound as though she is getting her share of life and enjoying it. More power to her.
simple recipe for
Spicey Mixed Nuts
accompanies a vignette on the
Best Texas Music
. I must try
Devilish Eggs with Texas Tampanade
Smoked Chicken Salad with Green Chilies and Tarragon
recipe precedes a tip on
Smoking/Slow Grilling Chicken
Grilled Chicken Thighs with David's Mop Sauce and Blistered Cherry Tomatoes
. David is Paula's partner in the ranch and in life, and you'll have to obtain a copy of
to find out what
here are too many
recipes to list. This
cookbook comes just in time for summer entertaining.
abounds with photos of Disbrowe's new life - and she appears to be a contented woman.
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