Cooking With Spirit: North American Indian Food and Fact
by Darcy Williamson and Lisa Railsback
Publisher: Maverick Distributors
Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
It might be called a cookbook ~ if you want to prepare
stewed dog in a buffalo bladder, or make "Midge's Navajo Reservation
Macaroni and Cheese," modern Indian fare concocted with government-issued
It might be a natural healing guide, if you're willing to talk with medicinal
plants before you pick them.
Or it might be a folklore anthology, with American Indian stories about the
origins and adventures of the eel, the coyote and other wild creatures.
But authors Darcy Williamson and Lisa Railsback reject these categories when
describing Cooking with Spirit, Native American Food and Facts.
Williamson is an award winning writer who lives near the small central-Idaho
town of McCall. She has more than two dozen books to her credit, including
several natural-food cookbooks and an at-home schooling guide. She has recently
completed a historical novel, Sisters of
a Different Dawn, about a Shoshone Indian woman and her proper Bostonian
sister-in-law and their conflicts during the mid-1800's.
Railsback is a Navajo-Apache artisan who has visited Indian reservations
throughout the country, collecting information on Indian foods, healing
methods, folklore and crafts. When she's not on the road she operated a store
in northern California, selling rare traditional Native American crafts. She
also teaches seminars about symbolism in American Indian art.
The two women met in 1984 and became instant friends. Cooking with Spirit is a
product of this friendship that has now spanned over a quarter of a century.
PHOTOS: Book cover
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