The Yellowstone National Park Cookbook

ByDurrae Johanek


Great food, stories, and history make a memorable feast in this unique cookbook. More than a dozen park personalities share their favorite recipes while telling a little bit about their lives in the world’s first national park. We hear from such people as Suzanne Lewis, the park’s first female superintendent; Xanterra chef Jim Chapman from the kitchens in the park lodges; as well as botanists, photographers, tour guides and more. In all, this book dishes up 125 unforgettable recipes, each one flavored by the wonder of Yellowstone.


Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1-931832-78-1
Author: Durrae Johanek
Pages: 176

Like the people in The Yellowstone National Park Cookbook, Durrae Johanek fell in love with Montana, Yellowstone, and the West in general. She and her husband, John, moved from Pennsylvania to Big Sky Country in 1992. They spent years taking in the sights and scenery, then writing down their discoveries in two books: Montana Behind the Scenes and Montana Folks. A graduate of Kutztown University, Pennnylvania, Durrae grew up in Pennsylvania Dutch country, a land of strange and unpronounceable foods, but she is a food-ophile nonetheless. She can be found at the Café Zydeco in Bozeman or “over the hill” in Livingston at Adagio, happily downing her favorite fare and unabashedly begging a recipe or two.

Food, Stories, and History Serve up Memorable Feast in Unique Cookbook

Yellowstone National Park is no ordinary place, and The Yellowstone National Park Cookbook is no ordinary cookbook. Author Durrae Johanek, driven by her twin loves of cooking and the park, serves up a unique gastronomical delight in this exceptional collection of recipes, all of which have unusual connections to the park. The recipes are interspersed with personal tales, park history, and profiles of those sharing their recipes. From favorite backpacking snacks offered by backcountry rangers to gourmet entrees from the park’s notable lodges, this book runs the gustatorial gamut from wolf project leader Doug Smith’s Lentil Soup to park biologist Cheryl Jaworowski’s Nut Mix. Park superintendent Suzanne Lewis takes time out of her busy schedule to share some of her best recipes, and park historian Lee Whittlesey remembers his Mother’s Chicken. Tour leaders, bear watchers, and geyser gazers offer park anecdotes along with their special recipes. Open the pages of this book and dig into Norris Egg Salad Sandwiches, Upper Geyser Basin Pot Roast, and Old Faithful Inn Delight Cake.

In all, The Yellowstone National Park Cookbook contains 125 unforgettable recipes, each one flavored by the wonder of Yellowstone.

The paperback book with a lay-flat binding is only $19.95 and can be found at most area bookstores or by calling Riverbend Publishing toll-free at 1-866-787-2363.

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