“Hookinʼ Nʼ Cookinʼ in the Old West,” contains more than 100 tasty old-fashioned recipes but claims they are the invention of the “Concert Hall Girls” or “Fallen Angels” who arrived in Virginia City, Nevada, in the 1860s for the silver bonanza in the Comstock. If thereʼs not much actual truth to that, Liz says, so what? Mark Twainʼs famous book about the Comstock, "Roughing It," was full of fanciful tall tales too, and her stories are “every bit as accurate as his.”
When a cookbook is stuffed with simple and delicious old-fashioned recipes on almost every page, what words would you choose to describe it? “Outrageous”, “salacious”, sexy, and “funny” may not be the first to come to mind — until you open “Hookin’ n’ Cookin’ in the Old West.”
The author, food columnist Liz Hill Burroway has spent a lifetime getting her recipes exactly right and her Western history a little bit wrong.
Why did miners and cowhands pour into Virginia City in the 1860’s? Not for the silver, the saloons and the women. No, they came for the wonderful food because the scores of fallen angels in town — Madame Featherlegs, Cockeyed Rose and all the rest — knew how to soar when it came to good cooking!
‘Think a cookbook will be full of chuckles only when pigs can fly? Welcome to Porker Airlines flight 1863 to the Comstock. Here is probably the only book of great recipes you’ll ever want to keep in the kitchen but hide from the children