A local rancher and Texas Panhandle pioneer, Charles Goodnight, is credited with inventing the chuckwagon, an iconic symbol of the great cattle drives of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and a critical part of keeping cattle moving across the Great Plains. The fire-pit cooking techniques used to keep the hard-working cowhands fed are still popular today. And many experienced chuckwagon cooks are still hard at work—chuckwagon cook-offs are a popular competitive arena for their skills. Keep ’Em Full and Keep ’Em Rollin’: The All-American Chuckwagon Cookbook is full of more than 100 recipes and the history of the cattle trailing industry. It also includes first-hand accounts of life on the range from the men and women who were there alongside archival images and stunning food photography.
Natalie Bright is a fifth-generation Texan with a BBA from WTAMU and is the author of books for children and adults. She and her husband run a cow/calf operation on 22,000 acres in the Texas Panhandle raising all-natural, hormone-free Angus beef. They have two sons. She is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, and Oklahoma Writer’s Federation. Find out more at her website and blog at nataliebright.com. Keep ‘Em Full and Keep ‘Em Rollin’ is Natalie’s first book for TwoDot Books.