Heritage, Volume 5, Number 2, Summer 1987 Page: 30
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A Cowboy's Cookbook.
T. L. "BULL" BUSH. AUSTIN: TEXAS MONTHLY PRESS, 1985.
104 PAGES, BLACK-AND-WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERWIN E. SMITH.
It's pretty easy to fantasize about living the romantic life
of a cowboy, if you forget sleeping on the ground and working
hard. The thing to keep the cowboys happy, of course, is
a good meal at the end of the day. For those who have wondered
what cowboys like to eat, T. L. Bush has provided the
answer: sixty of his favorite recipes with a pinch of cowboy
wisdom thrown in for salt.
The recipes are guides, not step-by-step instructions;
Bush expects his readers to "cowboy-up, get tough, and
substitute." As with life on the range, you make do with
what you have. The rules to remember, according to Bush,
are "taste, smell, and appearance."
The recipes are basic meat-and-starch fare. Although
not exactly great for the heart or the waistline, cowboy
cooking tastes great and requires a minimum of preparation.
The trick, says Bush, is to keep from ruining a good
It's pretty easy to fantasize about living the romantic life of a cowboy, if
you forget sleeping on the ground and working hard. Photograph by
piece of meat and to help a poorer cut be better. Many
recipes suggest ways to cook less common cuts of meat so
that they will taste good and be tender. If vegetable dishes
are few, Bush makes up for it with good recipes for breads
A Cowboy's Cookbook will give you the basics for a downhome,
Texas meal. And while you're cooking, you can appreciate
your modem range all the more while looking at
Erwin Smith's wonderful photographs of life on the cattle
Reviewed by Richard Pearce-Moses
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