This colorfully-photographed 192-page book features a wealth of chuck wagon recipes and information. Tommy Lee Jones penned the Introduction, sharing his experiences with chuck wagons and cowboys.
The book begins with a history of the chuck wagon, including authentic black and white photographs of dour-looking cowpokes out on the trail. After the Introduction, the recipes are organized topically: Breakfast, Breads, Main Dishes, Sauces, Veggies Sides & Salads, Dressings, and Desserts.
A staple of Western cooking is corn bread. I baked the "Best Basic Cornbread" on page 47. The recipe began with a note about heating the pan, and included a variation for the basic recipe. The ingredients were readily available: cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, milk, egg, shortening, and vegetable oil. The bread had a wonderful, mealy texture and tasted best when served with a sweetened honey butter. The bread itself had a slightly tart flavor to it, and is meant to be served with something else, not to stand on it's own.
The recipes are varied and diverse, and most include a full-color photograph. For breakfast, try Chile Eggs, Tissa's Dutch Oven Breakfast or Homemade Breakfast Sausage. For your main dish, how about Cookshack Round, Texas Cowboy Reunion Sirloin, or Cowboy Hash. To finish your night by the campfire, how about sampling the Side-Saddle Pecan Addiction?
This fun cookbook will bring hours of delight for fans of Western-style cooking.