Big Sky Cooking

Big Sky Cooking


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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 people 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781579652685
Publisher: Artisan
Publication date: 05/01/2006
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 8.94(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

Meredith Auld Brokaw founded Penny Whistle Toys, was president of the company for twenty years, and is the author of eight Penny Whistle books on parenting and children’s activities. Meredith and Tom Brokaw live in New York City and Montana.

ELLEN WRIGHT is the founder of the design firm EMW Interiors and is the author of Bridgehampton Weekends and Around the Table. She has been featured on Today, Larry King Live, and Home & Garden Television, among many others. Ellen was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and now lives in New York City and Bridgehampton, New York, with her husband.

Tom Brokaw is an American television journalist and author best known as the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004. He is the author of The Greatest Generation, A Long Way From Home, The Time of Our Lives and other books, and the recipient of numerous awards and honors. He is the only person to host all three major NBC News programs: The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and, briefly, Meet the Press. He now serves as a Special Correspondent for NBC News and works on documentaries for other outlets.

Table of Contents

    Foreword by Tom Brokaw: 
    Homecoming by Meredith Brokaw: 
    Friendship by Ellen Wright: 
    Rhythms of the Ranch: 
    In the Kitchen: 

    Menus for a Montana Day

    Ranch Breakfast: 
    The Queen’s Brunch: 

    High Noon:
    Picnic on the Fly: 
    "It's a Cutthroat Life" by James Prosek
    Cow Camp Lunch: 
    “Whoa” – Chili Break: 
    "Taking Stock" by Tom McGuane
    Camp Runamuck Snack: 

    Mexican Fiesta: 
    Cozy Indoor Dinner: 
    "Seasons by the Minute" by Verlyn Klinkenborg
    Short Rib Feast: 
    Chokecherry Harvest: 
    Osso Buco Banquet: 
    Streamside Supper: 
    "The Fisherman Gourmand" by Jim Harrison

    Under the Stars:
    Back Home on the Range: 
    Rodeo Vittles: 
    The Big Grill: 
    Dinner on the Bridge: 
    Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: 
    "Chico's Spudnuts and Other Delicacies" by William Hjortsberg

    Selected Sources: 

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pil More than 1 year ago
I spent a few hours with this book after receiving it for a gift last Christmas--just love it and I'm ready to sit down with it again. A good selection of different recipes--very nice book.