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Bring a taste of the Old West into your kitchen!

You don’t need a fire pit. You don’t need a chuck wagon.

These recipes are ranch tested and cowboy approved. From authentic cow camp recipes to today’s ranch kitchens, this collection of recipes is unique and deeee-lish!

Over 100 recipes, history of the cattle trail, and ranch photography, KEEP ‘EM FULL AND KEEP ‘EM ROLLIN’ also makes a great gift.

Find it online where ever find books are sold. Also book stores and gift shops in my area are beginning to stock the book. Others coming soon.

Amazon | Target | Books A Million | Wal-mart | Barnes and Noble

  • Burrowing Owl Books, Canyon and Amarillo
  • The Gallery and Visitor’s Center, Palo Duro Canyon State Park
  • Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Amarillo
  • National Ranching Heritage Center, Lubbock
  • Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Lubbock
Find my book KEEP ‘EM FULL AND KEEP ‘EM ROLLIN’ at The Gallery and Visitor’s Center in Palo Duro Canyon, along with a unique selection of hand-made, Native American jewelry and potter, books, Texas gifts and souvenirs. Day passes for the state park are only $8 and can be reserved online.

Plainsman and Texas Panhandle rancher, Charles Goodnight, is credited with inventing the chuck wagon, an iconic part of the great cattle drives of the 19th and early 20th centuries, and a critical part of keeping cattle moving up the trail. I read several accounts claiming it was actually Mary Ann Goodnight who suggested the idea for some type of wagon to haul food for the cow punchers. It makes sense that a woman would spearhead that endeavor.

Regardless who gets the credit, the fire-pit cooking techniques used to keep the hard-working cowhands fed are still popular today. And many experienced chuck wagon cooks are still hard at work—cook-offs are a popular competitive arena for their skills through the American Chuck Wagon Association.

Charles Goodnight — Ranger, Plainsman, Cattle Man

Keep ‘em Full and Keep ‘em Rollin’: The All-American Chuck Wagon Cookbook is full of more than 100 recipes and history of the cattle trailing outfits. This is not like your usual cookbook. It also includes first-hand accounts of life on the range from the men and women who call the vast plains home along with stunning archival, working ranch, and food photography. The authentic recipes from the trail can easily be made in your kitchen.

The research took me over a year and a half. Digging through museum archives for photos, reading journals from the trail days, interviewing ranch cooks, watching today’s chuck wagon cooks at work, and utilizing my own ranch photography of modern day cowboys and cowgirls; I think you’ll love this one-of-a-kind book.

Thanks much to those who have pre-ordered so long ago, pre-pandemic. Find it everywhere your favorite books are sold!

The perfect gift for cookbook collectors.

Natalie Bright is a blogger, speaker and author of books for kids and adults. Her fun, historical western TROUBLE IN TEXAS series for middle grades, is a wild west adventure for the entire family, and the RESCUE ANIMAL series features true stories about rescue horses.  If you love women’s fiction, her new Christian western series follows the story of a Georgia girl who inherits a Texas ranch. Written with co-author Denise F. McAllister, the first three books in the Wild Cow Ranch series made the Top 20 Hot New Releases list on Amazon. Her novella is a dark, drama set in Texas 1930’s titled MAGGIE’S BETRAYAL, selected for the anthology, OUR TIME ON ROUTE 66.  Click on the BOOKS tab at the top of the page for more information about Natalie’s work and please connect on social media. She loves hearing from readers.