Carolyn Niethammer's Books


Complete guide for the southwestern desert forager
Recipes from Outstanding Restaurants and Resorts
Delicious recipes for prickly pear pads and fruits.
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.
Old West meets New West in this guide to a legendary land
Learn how Indians used 50 edible wild plants

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Cooking the Wild Southwest: Delicious Recipes for Desert Plants
Cooking the Wild Southwest: Delicious Recipes for Desert Plants includes dozens of modern recipes for edible wild plants found in the Southwest. The book focuses on 23 plants that are easily recognized, easily gathered, and tasty. It is the perfect guide for the desert forager looking for innovative ideas for turning their day's harvest into dinner. 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?)

Keeping the Rope Straight
Annie Wauneka was the daughter of the famous Navajo leader, Chee Dodge. On his deathbed he counseled his children to "keep the rope straight," that is, to carry on his work with their people. Annie served on the Navajo Tribal Council for 26 years. She played an important role in conquering tuberculosis on the Reservation by getting the white doctors and the tribal medicine men to talk to each other and collaborate. Annie was colorful, outspoken, feared and beloved.

The New Southwest Cookbook
Since the mid-1980s, Southwest cuisine has undergone an explosion of creativity. New, well-trained chefs moved to the area and became inspired by the local ingredients and culture. They have elaborated on the area's best-loved traditional specialties, giving bold new twists to traditional red and green chile, yellow pumpkin, and blue corn.

So home cooks can try some of these exciting creations, we invited the Southwest's top restaurant and resort chefs to submit their favorite recipes. The result is some 135 original recipes from 71 chefs.

Whether you're looking for one special dish or a whole menu, let The New Southwest Cookbookbe your guide to fabulous food.

It's easy to put together a creative Southwest dinner using these easy-to-follow recipes.

Start with a Bloody Maria from Copper Queen Hotel, in Bisbee, Arizona. For an appetizer, consider a Wild Mushroom Quesadilla from Furnace Creek Inn, in Death Valley National Park, California.

Continue your dinner with Steamed Dos Equis Clams from Cafe Central in El Paso, Texas, or Pima Yellow Watermelon Soup from Wild Horse Pass Resort in Chandler, Arizona.

For your entree, how about Tequila Braised Country-style Ribs from Graze in Albuquerque, New Mexico, or
Navajo Eggplant with Charred Tomatillo Sauce from Zion Lodge in Zion National Park, Utah.

On the side, you'll want Jalapeno Blue Corn Muffins from Tall Timber Resort in Durango, Colorado.

And for a sweet finish, wow your family and guests with Texas Millionaire Pie from Daily Pie Cafe in Pie Town, New Mexico, or a Caramelized Lemon Tart from Soleil, in Tucson, Arizona.

You need not be an expert cook to follow these recipes, just have a desire to have fun, explore new flavors and have a really good time in the kitchen.

The Prickly Pear Cookbook
Here are 60 enticing international recipes for the vivid fruit of the cactus, its refreshing juice, and its tender green pads, all of which are delicious, nutritious, and increasingly included in the treatment of diabetes. The author guides the readers through the simple process of cactus preparation. Recipes include prickly pear sorbet, frittata, main dishes, salads, sauces and, of course, margaritas.

West of Paradise: Exploring Southeastern Arizona
It's all here: the OK Corral, Geronimo country, ultra-modern telescopes, newly discovered Kartchner Caverns, Bisbee's art scene, Elgin's wineries, old Spanish missions and nature preserves full of exotic birds. You'll learn how to tour historic ranches, where to find the most fabulous views and how to end your day with a soak in a natural hot spring.

Whether you're an Arizona resident who's decided to get out and see more of our beautiful home or an out-of-state visitor, let West of Paradise be your guide to an afternoon or a whole month of exploration. Then take it home after your trip so that the colorful photographs bring back memories of your experience.

Available late 2002

I'll Go and Do More
I'll Go and Do More is the story of Annie Dodge Wauneka (1918-1997), one of the most well-known Navajos of all time, an indefatigable, passionate, and controversial woman who some have called "a one-woman Peace Corps for the Navajo." A daughter of the popular Navajo leader Chee Dodge, Wauneka spent most of her early years herding sheep and raising nine children. After her father's death, she entered politics and was often the only woman on the Navajo Tribal Council during the quarter century she served. When tuberculosis was ravaging the Navajos, she got the white doctors and the medicine men to cooperate to get the infected people into hospitals for treatment.

She conducted a weekly radio show in Navajo and drove thousands of miles across back roads to visit hospitals and remote hogans, then she flew to Washington to buttonhole members of Congress to make sure they understood the issues surrounding Indian health care.

American Indian Cooking: Recipes from the Southwest
American Indian Cooking: Recipes from the Southwest is an enjoyable guide to the rich culinary traditions of the American Indians of the southwest. In the 150 authentic fruit, grain and vegetable recipes, you'll learn how Navajo, Hopi, Yavapai, Apache and Pima Indians turned the bounty of the desert into tasty meals. Also included are the other uses of each plant for rituals, medicine, utensils and cosmetics. Scientifically accurate pen and ink illustrations make it easy to identify the plants in the wild.

Daughters of the Earth, the Lives and Legends of Indian Women
The Native American woman was the guardian of the hearth and, on occasion, ruler and warrior, managing the affairs of her people, sporting war paint as well as necklaces and earrings. Sometimes she was a visionary and a healer, sometimes mother and matriarch. She built houses and ground corn, wove blankets and painted pottery, played field hockey and rode racehorses. Frequently she enjoyed an open and joyous sexuality before marriage.
The book surveys dozens of North American tribes to explore the chronology the the Native American woman's life from childhood through puberty, marriage, old age and death. The Native American woman emerges as a proud, sometimes stoic, always human individual from whome those who came after can learn much.
The stories of these early women are enhanced with the fables, songs and incantations that were part of their cultural and spiritual lives.

Also available in German and French