You never know what little gems you'll find at used book stores!
On a recent used bookshop hop, I came upon the cutest cookbook in the shape of a red cowboy boot called "Cowboy Chow" by Judy Barbour. It was published way back in 1988 so it has been out a while and had found it's way onto the cookbook shelves at Half-Price Books on Westheimer Road in Houston, Texas. Lucky for me!
It seems that Judy Barbour and her husband, Barry, are (were?) chef/owners of a western style restaurant in Texas and some of the recipes in this cookbook were created for the restaurant.
There is a tribute to the American Cowboy, as well as sections on Cowboy Equipment, Cowboy Slang, Saddle Snacks and others. Some of the recipe titles are: "Armadillo Eggs", "Texas Trash", "Jalapeno Jelly", "Mexican Albondigas", "King Ranch Chicken" (of course!), "Frito Pie", a 100+ year-old family recipe for "Heubner Ranch Muffins", "Navajo Fry Bread", "Pastel de Margarita" (Margarita Pie), and thirst quenchers such as "Firefly", "Cowboy Kiss", "Border Buttermilk", "El Vacquero Coffee", and biggest surprise of all for me - "Cerveza Roja" (Red Beer). I've heard of beer and tomato juice before but thought it was someone's idea of a quirky combination but never expected to see a recipe for it! There are lots of other delicious sounding recipes in this 77-page specialty cookbook.
There is also a section on entertaining cowboy-style with cute and interesting ideas for a truly cowboy chow experience.
I checked online to see how available it is and located a few copies at Amazon and one at ebay. If you should run across a copy somewhere and have a special cookbook shelf reserved for cowboy style cookbooks, this one should be on it, so grab it!
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