A new revised edition of M. Clemenceau's Cookbook, published by the Verde Historical Society, is hot off the press, just in time for last minute Christmas giving. The revised cookbook has several additional recipes, including Randall Restaurant's popular tortilla soup and red and green salsas, as well as a few corrections to previous recipe slip-ups.
The cookbook is a compilation of recipes from Verde Valley men who cook - and there are some incredibly good cooks among them - with well over a hundred pages of delicious edibles ranging from appetizers to drinks and desserts and everything in between. You'll find simple scrambled eggs and onions as prepared by Uncle Bert, unusual versions of peanut butter sandwiches along with exotic Dutch Indonesian and East Indian fare, and recipes for preparing javelina and venison. There's a section for casseroles, another for Mexican dishes and a healthy number of pages devoted to the vegetarians among us. Interspersed with the recipes are excerpts from early interviews with former cowboy Zeke Taylor who talked about "eatin' on the range" and chuck wagon cooking.
Contributors include artists and businessmen, professionals and retirees, several of the latter having found new vocations in the kitchen upon retirement. There's a family favorite from our County Supervisor, Chip Davis, some secrets for preparing great Italian tomato sauce from former Mayor of Jerome, Al Palmieri, and an original Chorizo Chili recipe from the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce's Executive Assistant, Christian Oliva del Rio.
One of former City Manager, Brian Mickelsen's favorite recipes was submitted by his wife, Lin, who said they enjoyed preparing the dish together. And former Cottonwood Mayor, Ron Moen is represented with his recipe for Chocolate Turtles, a delectable treat that he used to prepare for Old Town's Annual Chocolate Walk.
And where did the name, Clemenceau, come from, anyway? The book's introduction explains who Clemenceau was and how and why a town (and museum) was named after him. There's even a favorite recipe of the old gentleman himself, passed on to us from our sister museum in Paris.
The books are available at the Clemenceau Heritage Museum and the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce. The cost is $12, with all proceeds going towards keeping the museum open, free to the public, and staffed entirely by volunteers. The Museum exhibits memorabilia from the Verde Valley's mining and ranching days, changing displays on a variety of subjects and the Railroad Diorama with model trains from the 1890's to 1953, representing the many railroads that once operated in the Verde Valley. Museum hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Fridays-Sundays, and 9 a.m.-noon on Wednesdays. The Museum is located at the corner of Willard and Mingus in Cottonwood. Tel: 634-2868.