Carolyn Niethammer's Books


Women's Studies
Engaging story for middle readers on the life of Navajo activist Annie Dodge Wauneka
The life of Annie Dodge Wauneka, feisty Navajo leader and activist
A look at the lives of North American Indian women in traditional societies.
Recipes from Outstanding Restaurants and Resorts
Delicious recipes for prickly pear pads and fruits.
Old West meets New West in this guide to a legendary land
Learn how Indians used 50 edible wild plants


Thank you for stopping by my Web site. On the left of every page are links to my books where you can find a description, the Table of Contents and reviews of each of the books. Click on the title and you'll find the full description.

My most recent book Cooking the Wild Southwest: Delicious Recipes for Desert Plants includes many modern recipes for edible wild plants found in the Southwest and ties in to the current craze for foraging. If you live in the Southwest and consider yourself a "locavore," this book is for you. Look for new, updated recipes (how about Saguaro-Merlot-Chipotle Glaze for Chicken or Mesquite Banana layer cake?)

Review from Journal of Arizona History

If we are what we eat, then it makes sense that what we eat speaks volumes about who were are. This sentiment, or something close to it, is at the heart of a movement over the past several decades to consume foods that are locally produced. Carolyn Niethammer, who embraced the local food movement in her pioneering books, American Indian Cooking: Recipes from the Southwest, The Tumbleweed Gourmet, and The Prickly Pear Cookbook, serves up a savory new menu in Cooking the Wild Southwest: Delicious Recipes for Desert Plants (University of Arizona Press, 2011). From the more than 500 edible plants native to the Sonoran Desert, Niethammer has culled twenty-three whose fruits, flowers, nuts, and spices provide the ingredients for dishes ranging from ice cream to muffins and from hash to hotcakes. An informative introduction and sprightly anecdotes provide nutritional information, along with helpful hints for budding gourmets and curious desert diners.
--By Bruce J. Dinges

Cover showing delicious dishes you can make

A Blog and a Video
I share a blog with four other Southwestern food enthusiasts. We take turns writing through the month on edible wild plants and herbs, traditional agriculture crops, garden products, bees and chickens, and local spices. If you wish to explore the exciting world of Southwest cuisine, please join us each Friday. I've known most of my blogmates for years, but every week I learn something new from them.

Click on the link below to watch a video of some of the plants and the foods in the book.

Talks for Your Group
I am available to give talks and demonstrations related to my books.

West of Paradise: Exploring Southeastern Arizona is a great guide for anyone who loves the Southwest or is ready to begin exploring this exciting region. I am available to give a talk and slide show on the wonderful sites in Southeastern Arizona to groups of 50 or more.

The Prickly Pear Cookbook, The New Southwest Cookbook, and Cooking the Wild Southwest all feature delicious recipes from top resort and restaurant chefs for both wild foods and regional domestically grown foods. Great new ideas for the age-old questions of what to have for dinner tonight. Would your group like a cooking class?

I'll Go and Do More: Annie Dodge Wauneka, Navajo Leader and Activist, was a finalist for the Willa Award. Now Keeping the Rope Straight the middle reader's version, is available from Salina Bookshelf. I am available for a talk entitled "American's Native American Women: The Ordinary and The Extraordinary," which includes a discussion of Annie Wauneka's life.