Come an Get It was the most familiar and welcome call on the range era of the great trail drives following the Civil War. In this entertaining volume, Ramon F. Adams, author of the popular Western Words, tell the story of the old cowboy cooks, and the result is another highly original contribution to the folklore of the cattle country. Although ...
Come an Get It was the most familiar and welcome call on the range era of the great trail drives following the Civil War. In this entertaining volume, Ramon F. Adams, author of the popular Western Words, tell the story of the old cowboy cooks, and the result is another highly original contribution to the folklore of the cattle country. Although the cowboy cleared the Southwestern frontier of savage Indians and opened the land for settlement, the cook and his commissary contributed greatly to the success of the operation; for as an army depends upon its mess-kitchens, so the cowboys depended upon the chuck wagon. Without it, there would have been to trail drives to rescue Texas from bankruptcy following the Civil War, no roundups to speed the development of the cattle industry, and no beef for the heavily populated areas of the United States. The author records the place and influence of the range cook upon Western life. He discusses the functions of coosie, the food he served, and his methods of preparing it-giving recipes for sourdough biscuits, fluff-duffs, son-of-a-bitch stew, and other distinctive dishes of the range. He describes, too, the wagon, its evolution, and its place in the hearts of the men who called it home. Although there remain a few chuck wagons on the larger ranches today, they have become so scarce that one is rarely seen except in a museum or a rodeo parade, and the younger generation of cooks, like the cowboys themselves has been tamed. Every cook was a character, perhaps with reason, for no man ever worked under greater difficulties or with fewer conveniences. Anecdotes and incidents which illuminate the idiosyncrasies of these Sultans of the Skillets are recounted with gusto. Nick Eggenhofer s drawings help Mr. Adams bring the cook and his accoutrement vividly to life."
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Very Good in Very Good jacket. Book. 8vo-over 7¾-9¾" tall. Cloth with light erasure soil along top portion front edge; 2" strip of offset from old mylar cover at top edge of rear endpaper. In price clipped jacket with smudge of blue ink to back cover, moderate wear at edges. In protective mylar.
Illustrated by Drawings by Nick Eggenhofer. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. The range cook and his importance in the development of the West; the food and how it was prepared; the chuck wagon. "There was no one particular type in wagon cooks, except that very few were young men. They ran the full gamut of culinary ability from marvelous efficiency to criminal incompetence. One might be a Negro, a Mexican, ro a white man from the dregs of the city...." – p. 21. The first book-length treatment of the subject: an original contribution to the folklore of the American West. Rust-colored cloth with brown cloth backstrip. Possibly once part of a private library: a repair to dust jacket at lower spine, but no stamps or markings of any kind. Endpapers show outline of old book jacket, else a very good copy in very good unclipped dust jacket.; 8vo 8"-9" tall; xi, 170 pages.
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