Fri, 24 March 2023
Kent and Shannon Rollins are the force behind teaching the world how to cook like a cowboy. On their YouTube Channel, "Kent Rollins Cowboy Cooking" and their new book, "Comfort Food The Cowboy Way", they share the wisdom, weather and recipes of the American West.
This all started somewhere around 1983 when Kent started cooking for an outfitter in a New Mexico elk camp. But really, it started much earlier than that when Kent was a kid and in his later years of being a ranch hand. At some point he traded in the branding iron for the cast iron, and he went to work making sure that cowboys were well fed before and after their long days in the saddle.
There are some traditions of the American West that are thought to be gone, that still exist. Cooking for cowboys on the range from a chuck wagon is one of those. In Kent and Shannon's book you get a glimpse of this tradition through the incredible photos that Shannon has taken while they are on ranches cooking. And in Kent's words, he captures the impact of the weather and how the right meal can ease the burden of facing the harshness of Mother Nature from the saddle all day.