One-time Roundup staff writer and editor Jayne Peace Pyle has just released her 10th book, “Cowboy Caviar.” It is a collection of favorite recipes from generations of her family.
The book is from Git A Rope Publishing, Inc., owned by the author and her husband, historian and entertainer Jinx Pyle.
“Cowboy Caviar” is her fourth cookbook and accompanies “Calf Fries and Cowboys,” “Cooking for Zane Grey Under the Tonto Rim” and “Recipes From Anna Mae’s Kitchen.” According to Pyle, this is probably her last cookbook.
“‘Cowboy Caviar’ started out as a fast and easy cookbook for my grandchildren, who are going to college, serving missions and getting married, but developed into something more. I wanted my grandchildren to know what foods to store and how to eat healthy foods that are not too expensive. “Cowboy Caviar” (black beans) is a food that is very nutritious, so I wanted them to have the recipes. It can be added to so many other foods.
“We never know what to expect in today’s world, so in ‘Cowboy Caviar,’ there is a section on How To Make Mixes, which are much cheaper for college and newly-married people, and may come in right handy if we can’t buy everything we need at the store.”
All of Jayne Peace Pyle’s recipe books include history, as well as recipes. She has collected recipes from her family and many of the other old families of Northern Gila County.
“I felt it was important to record the old recipes of the Tonto Basin because they reflect the culture of the people at a given time. The recipes I have collected are very much a part of the Southwestern heritage.”
“Cowboy Caviar” can be purchased at Sue Malinski’s Western Village, at Payson Packaging or on the Git A Rope website at gitarope.com.
Pyle is a 2005 Arizona CultureKeeper and the 2012 recipient of the Sharlot Hall Award.
She devotes her time to researching and preserving the history of the Southwest. She plans to release another book in May titled, “Women of the Pleasant Valley War.” It will compliment her husband’s book, “Pleasant Valley War.”