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When Tucson was named America's first UNESCO City of Gastronomy, I knew the story behind the story was mine to tell. I've been writing about the food of the Southwest for more than four decades, and this new book incorporates everything I've learned over the years and lots of new information. The book is published by the University of Arizona Press and covers the years since small bands of foragers were moving through the Tucson valley to today's volunteers working to make sure all Tucsonans have access to healthy food. Farmers, small food producers, and archaeologists all were so generous in sharing their knowledge. This is exciting work and I've been meeting extraordinary people who love Tucson and are working to bring fresh wholesome food to all Tucsonans. There's even a short Epilogue on how Tucson's food community is responding to the pandemic. So happy my editors let me sneak that in last minute--it's an important part of the story.
New Southwest Cookbook back in print
I'm thrilled that The New Southwest Cookbook is back in print after being unavailable for a few years. This is a compilation of recipes from the top restaurant and resort chefs in the Southwestern United States. These well-trained chefs took a new look at our traditional ingredients and combined them in new and tasty ways. This is the cookbook I use when I cook for company and want to make something a little different. The recipes are not too difficult for the average home cook.
Savor the Southwest food blog
There's always something new to explore and to write about and it can't wait for a book. 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 learn more about the exciting world of Southwest cuisine, please join us here. I've known most of my blogmates for years, but every week I learn something new from them.
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.