Big Sky Cooking

Big Sky Cooking

By Meredith Brokaw; Ellen Wright; Tom Eckerle (Photographer)

Artisan Publishers, Hardcover, 9781579652685, 224pp.

Publication Date: May 2006

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.

About the Author
Meredith Brokaw, former teacher, mother of three, and wife of TV anchorman Tom Brokaw, is the founder and owner of the Penny Whistle toys stores, dedicated since 1978 to providing original, creative playthings. She lives in New York.

Ellen Wright is a well-known cook, artist, interior designer, and hostess. She worked extensively as an assistant to James Beard, and has two other books to her credit: AROUND THE TABLE: Easy Menus for Cozy Entertaining at Home (Harvard Common Press), and BIG SKY COOKING (Artisan). Tom Eckerle (photographer) has beena professional photographer for over 25 years. He has worked on more than 40 books, including Bobby Flay's Boy Meets Grill and Recipes1-2-3.