My sister gave me this cookbook for Christmas one year, because she knows what kind of girl I am. Not only are there great recipes for the trail, it’s also full of cowgirl history. Check your library or pop over here to buy- http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-cowgirls-cookbook-jill-charlotte-stanford/1110831467?ean=9780762745128
I’m multi-tasking here. I’m planning for our family camping trip, so my Vintage Lives post is all about roughing it. I’m a sub-arctic princess and I love the great-of-doors and I love history, so I’ve accumulated some great resources over the years.
If you haven’t, you really oughta watch the PBS historical reality show, Frontier House, which was filmed during the summer of 2001 in Montana. You can find it on YouTube or your local library or buy it here- http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dvd-frontier-house/6857807?ean=0841887000987
There is a book to accompany it. I’ve read it several times and it includes lots of fascinating details, like exactly what the real pioneers stocked those covered wagons with.
A big feature of frontier cookery was the dutch oven. I found this little gem of a book in a tiny little bookstore in the aforementioned Montana. Seems pretty rare, but you can find it online. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/log-cabin-dutch-oven-black-pot-cookin-at-its-best-colleen-sloan/1000161505?ean=9780963027924
If you’re not terribly excited about really roughing it like it’s 1884, I do have an alternative.
If that’s not enough to get you out the door and back to your roots,
check out this bit on Annie Oakley, one of our foremothers. http://www.annieoakleycenterfoundation.com/about.html