This weekend I am in Prescott, Arizona, showing my collection of paintings that are featured in my collaborative new book, Cow Country Cooking: Recipes and Tales from Northern Arizona's Historic Ranches. My friend, Kathy McCraine, gathered the recipes, designed and produced the book which includes her beautiful photographs and stories from the cowboys themselves.
We searched for a project we could collaborate on, and our mutual respect and love for the history of the West, naturally led us to this book. My contribution was 21 original paintings of the iconic cowboys from Arizona's historic ranches: the O RO, Babbitts, and the Diamond A's.
The cover painting, Heel Trap, illustrates my personal feelings about the lifestyle and the project:
Here is one of the many accolades the book is receiving: "With Cow Country Cooking, Kathy McCraine continues her fine chronicle of the American West, particularly northern Arizona's historic ranches, where meals include a pleasing variety of ethnic fare and tasty standards. McCraine writes of ranch traditions and culinary characters, and her superb photographs capture the essence of the lifestyle. A bonus: Mark Kohler's wonderful Western art and his discerning take on his subjects. Cow Country Cooking delivers it all --- mouthwatering recipes, eye candy, historic details and an entertaining perspective on ranch life." --- Fran Smith, Books Publishing Director, Western Horseman.
It has been my honor to be involved with this project and book, and it is 192 pages of inspiration, history, and food to make your mouth water. I invite you to partake.