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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (October 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452111634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452111636
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Peggy and Sue are such wonderful teachers with a unique and very special style. I absolutely love seeing their vision and brilliance come to life in this gorgeous and inspiring book. It makes me want to eat more cheese, head to Point Reyes, and soak up their Cowgirl genius!" -- Suzanne Goin, chef/owner of Lucques, A.O.C. and Tavern.

About the Author

Cowgirl Creamery launched in 1997, but the story of the Cowgirls began well before then. Sue Conley and Peggy Smith met freshman year at the University of Tennessee where, little did they know, a lifelong friendship and infatuation with food would ensue. In 1976 their journey westward began when they drove from the East Coast to San Francisco. Once arriving in the Bay Area, they became involved in the burgeoning food movement. Smith worked at Chez Panisse and was a chef at the restaurant when it's adjoining cafe opened while Conley co-founded Bette's Diner, both of which are still Berkeley institutions By the early 1990s, Conley and Smith were ready for a new challenge. With their first hand knowledge of the restaurant business, they launched Tomales Bay Foods, a marketing vehicle to help West Marin's farms and dairies get their delicious products into the hands of the Bay Area's finest chefs. From there, they decided to make their own cheese using the milk from neighboring Straus Family Creamery. Two decades, dozens of awards (including induction into the Guilde des Fromagers), two creameries, four retail stores, and two thousand tons of cheese later, it is apparent that these Cowgirls have helped to pioneer the American artisan cheese movement.



Photographs by Canal House bring life and color to the Cowgirl Creamery story and recipes. Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton are the dynamic duo behind the Canal House. Hirsheimer, one of the founders and former Executive Editor at Saveur Magazine, and Hamilton, one of the former food editors at the magazine, joined forces in 2007 to write, photograph and self-publish a quarterly magazine and daily blog that celebrates simple, seasonal cooking and the joys of eating. Hirsheimer and Hamilton published their first book, Canal House Cooks Everyday, in the fall of 2012. It is inspired by their daily blog and offers a year of seasonal recipes for the home cook.

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I really love this cookbook.
Janis Dean Cecil
An interesting read, beautiful photography, and some straightforward recipes.
Ration Nations
We love Cowgirl Creamery cheeses, especially Red Hawk.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dwayne Finch on February 6, 2014
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Many of the recipes would be very time consuming to prepare and much of the ingredients hard to find. The cookbook does have some history but is more about the authors than cooking.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jenni M. Parks on April 21, 2014
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I received a copy of Sue Conley & Peggy Smith’s new cookbook, Cowgirl Creamery cooks, several months ago after great anticipation of it’s publication. There’s a Cowgirl Creamery right here in the Washington, DC metro area, making it easy to source the recipes.

Our review team has made a handful of recipes from this beautiful book so far: Parmesan crusted chicken, classic mac and cheese, and pancakes.

The chicken dish turned out the best; the recipe was easy to follow and included a helpful and detailed description on how to wet/dry coat the chicken breasts and make clarified butter. A novice cook could follow this recipe with ease. We would have liked to see a picture included but otherwise it was very good and we will make this again.

The mac and cheese turned out well also. The directions were easy to follow and we loved the beautiful picture. Note that this recipe uses a béchamel sauce as the basis for the cheese sauce and this can be a tricky sauce to perfect, so it might be slightly more difficult for a novice cook to execute successfully. Our review team especially liked the addition of the Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. We always add a dash of nutmeg to our béchamel so we were pleased that Sue and Peggy suggests this in the back of the cookbook in the detailed description section (she does not mention it in the mac and cheese recipe directly).

The pancakes were the least exciting of the recipes we tried (one reviewer’s daughter however scarfed down three, so your mileage may vary). The recipe is straightforward.
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Well written, interesting history, lots of info about how cheese is crafted, and many simple recipes using various cheese. A book to cook from and a good book to sit with, read and enjoy. And it is with a heavy cover, high quality paper, excellent printing.
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By Ration Nations on May 24, 2014
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Bought this as a gift to accompany some Cowgirl Creamery Cheese and both went down a storm. An interesting read, beautiful photography, and some straightforward recipes. Equally a coffee table or cookbook. A hit!
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I gave the book as a present to a professor of veterinary science, who teaches courses ion the technology of milk, and she just loves the book.
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By D. Hickam on April 28, 2014
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I bought this for my boss for Christmas along with a gift card for a local cheese shop and some crackers and spreads and he loved it. He was reading it from cover to cover and made a number of the recipes! It was a big hit!
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By California Cowgirl on February 15, 2014
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Fun, informative, and delicious! What a wonderful celebration of cheese! The recipes are wonderful, relatively easy, and ohhh the mac and cheese...delightful.
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By KCG on February 5, 2014
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This was a Christmas gift and the receiver "loved it." It is perfect for the cheese lover in your life!
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