One of the 30 Most Exciting New Cookbooks, Fall 2015 –

“I have been looking for a good New Mexico cookbook for years, craving the secrets of those chile sauces and pork stews. I didn’t expect to find one as pretty as this, though, nor as stuffed with regional culinary history.”

“This cookbook is a must-have for anyone who loves good food and recognizes the importance of our culinary heritage…”
–CHEF JOHNNY VEE, Food Editor, Santa Fean Magazine



The History of New Mexico Cuisine
The Maverick Cookbook is so much more than just a cookbook! It’s an authentic peek into the different eras of life in New Mexico. Each individual character is unique and offers a lively perspective on our state’s historic past. This is the perfect book for learning about New Mexico’s most famous residents as you enjoy a delightful mix of signature recipes!”–NICOLE CURTIS AMMERMAN, Director, Santa Fe School of Cooking


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Meet a Few of the Mavericks

Georgia O'Keeffe: Legend in Abiquiu

One of the world's most famous artists, she lived from 1887 to 1986. Until failing eyesight forced her to stop painting in 1984, she worked in pencil and watercolor and clay. O'Keeffe's painting "Jimson Weed" set a new auction record for the most expensive work of art by a woman when it sold for $44.4 million in 2014.

Photo by John Candelario, 1939

Dennis Hopper: Mud Palace Movie Star

"I think of Taos as my home," Hopper told The New Yorker magazine in 1971. "Taos Mountain is one of the sacred seven. And there's the sacred Blue Lake. If you drilled straight'd come to Tibet...People come to Taos, have a flat tire, and stay the rest of their lives–or they can't wait to get out! It drives some people crazy."

Photo © 1970 by Douglas Magnus. All rights reserved.

Doña Tules: Queen of Cards

"It was a time when all lived dangerously, and Doña Tules Barcélo more dangerously than all." –RUTH LAUGHLIN

Doña Tules as portrayed by Van Ann Moore in her one-woman musical theater show. Photo courtesy of Van Ann Moore, 1995

Billy The Kid: Wild West Gunfighter

Billy the Kid met his match at midnight on July 14, 1881, in Fort Sumner, NM, when he was ambushed at his friend Pete Maxwell's house by Sheriff Pat Garrett, who shot him dead. Billy was twenty-one years old. At least, that's the official version of the story. But legends persist that he escaped to live out his life elsewhere, anonymously.

Photo Date: 1878-1880(?)

Lynn Cline


Lynn Cline is the author of Literary Pilgrims: The Santa Fe and Taos Writers’ Colonies, 1917–1950 and Romantic Days and Nights in Santa Fe. She’s also a food writer and blogger and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Bon Appétit and many other publications. She was born in Sweden, grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband, Kyle.

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Guy Ambrosino and Kate Winslow

Photographer and Food Stylist

Guy Ambrosino and Kate Winslow are the husband and wife team behind And We Ate, a photography and food styling studio based in Lambertville, New Jersey. But their hearts and sensibilities belong to Santa Fe, where they lived for many years.

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