The Imus Ranch: Cooking for Kids and Cowboys

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To some, a vegan cattle ranch may seem a contradiction in terms -- but then so would a place where desperately ill children discover their true strength by learning to ride horses and rope calves. Welcome to the Imus Ranch, 4,000 unspoiled acres set in rolling hills and mesa country 50 miles east of Santa Fe. Here good food and clean living set the stage for life-changing events. Children who visit the Imus Ranch work alongside authentic western ranch hands; they gain a firsthand insight into life as an American ...
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To some, a vegan cattle ranch may seem a contradiction in terms -- but then so would a place where desperately ill children discover their true strength by learning to ride horses and rope calves. Welcome to the Imus Ranch, 4,000 unspoiled acres set in rolling hills and mesa country 50 miles east of Santa Fe. Here good food and clean living set the stage for life-changing events. Children who visit the Imus Ranch work alongside authentic western ranch hands; they gain a firsthand insight into life as an American cowboy. The experience refuels their bodies and their spirits, in large part because every aspect of the environment is as nontoxic as possible -- from the vegan food served at mealtime in the hacienda to the paint on the walls in the barns. The children leave stronger than when they came, with a sense of accomplishment and pride in their new abilities.

In The Imus Ranch: Cooking for Kids and Cowboys, Deirdre Imus shares more than 125 recipes from the unique place that she and her husband, Don Imus, created. The dishes, from Butch's Blueberry Pancakes, Cowboy Sloppy Joes, and Buffalo Red Chili Enchiladas to Chicken-Less Pot Pie, Imus Ranch Barbecue, Walnut Chocolate-Chip Cookies, and Arborio Sweet Rice Pudding, are guaranteed to please the whole family. As Deirdre says, if kids and cowboys will eat it, it has to be good! Packed with full-color photography that reflects the warmth and vitality of the Ranch, actual letters from the children who have visited, and a helpful pantry section, this book will enable us all to live a simpler, healthier lifestyle -- one meal at a time.

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Imus founded the Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology, a program that aims to identify, control and ultimately prevent environmental factors that cause adult and, especially, pediatric cancer. She rounds out this collection of basic vegetarian fare with a lengthy essay about life on the Santa Fe, N.Mex. ranch where she and her husband, radio personality Don Imus, practice "healthy living and healthy cooking" and teach self-reliance and horsemanship to kids who have "known too much sickness and too much death." Imus's diet is "organic, whole-food, ovo vegetarian, meaning that we don't eat dairy or animal products, but we do eat eggs," and she explains it with a rundown of the ranch's organic "vegan pantry." The informal recipes focus on basics like Orange Poppy Seed Muffins and Cowboy Potato Chowder, and fast sandwiches like I-Man Chimichangas. Dinner selections feature nostalgic favorites such as Spanish Rice updated with brown rice and olive oil, and Imus cleans up desserts (including Carrot Cake and Jeannie's All Out Brownies) by substituting unbleached flour and unrefined sugar. In addition to healthy lifestyle prescriptives and thank-you notes from some of the camp's young alumni, Imus includes sidebars on topics ranging from non-toxic head lice remedies to green cleaning agents to the dangers of PVC in children's toys. She ends this informative book with a complete nine-day menu, spanning the average duration of Imus Ranch guests. (May) Forecast: While serving more to promote the worthy mission of the Imus Ranch than to provide unique recipes, this consciousness-raising cookbook may appeal to novice vegetarians or to those interested in supporting holistic education and children's health. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594862267
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.16 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

DEIRDRE IMUS, co-founder of the Imus Ranch, is founder of the Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology at Hackensack University Medical Center, the first hospital-based program whose mission is to identify, control, and ultimately prevent environmental factors that cause cancer. She lives in Manhattan, Connecticut, and New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

It's all about the kitchen 1
A day at the ranch 9
The imus ranch vegan pantry 51
Breads and breakfast foods 61
Soups and sandwiches 78
Salads and dressings 96
Savory sauces, dips, and condiments 125
Main dishes 155
Side dishes 188
Desserts, sweet sauces, and beverages 215
Index 244
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2006

    This book is the best. It has good food.

    This book is great. The food is good for you and taste good. I am so glad that she wrote this. It's a fun book. I love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2004

    Failure as cookbook, health guide

    Reactions to COOKING FOR KIDS AND COWBOYS tend to fall into two camps: those who love the Imuses support the book, those who detest them don't. I'll try to make this a straightforward review. Anyone who knows nutrition would have problems with the ingredients proposed here. While the author espouses a holistic approach to food, she actually uses substances--onion powder, for God's sake--one wouldn't want to find in a fast food restaurant. A vegetarian myself, I try to make the food at least palatable when I have others for dinner. Unfortunately these dishes are very, very bland and could have the opposite effect on children and encourage bad choices and obesity. One more note: why does the author think PROCESSED FOOD of any kind should be an ingredient??? Dear Lord, that's more toxic than meat itself. I must also point out cooking times. While it is commendable not to overcook veggies, the same cannot be said for--believe it or not--brown rice and other starches. Yet that is what is suggested here. Finally, I agree with the author that chemicals and other environmental toxins may cause cancer, but she apparently is ignorant of the fact that we, to date, don't have any reliable studies to back up her claims. In sum, this is a bad book not because of who wrote it but because of its poor content.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2004

    Decent cookbook but somewhat overrated.

    The book is enjoyable and the recipies I've tried are certainly good but I don't see the reason for all the fawning. It's a decent book, no more no less. It doesn't rate up there with the DaVinci Code. I guess you've got to be an Imus family fan to give it five stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2004

    A book you'll cherish over and over again!

    Until I purchased this book I'd never heard of The Imus Ranch or the wonderful things the ranch does to contribute to the well being of kids with cancer, SIDS or serious blood disorders. The ranch offers children the opportunity to experience the great American cowboy way in a setting that allows them and their families to forget about health issues and enjoy life as its meant to be enjoyed. This book is chock full of recipies that are healthy and easy to make as well as insights about the ranch and first hand experiences from the kids and families who have benefited from staying at the Imus Ranch. The author deserves a round of applause for not only dedicating her life to supporting kids with illnesses we'd never wish upon our worst enemies, but for donating all of the proceeds of the book to insure that a kid with a debilitating disease such as SIDS or cancer can 'get away from it all' and enjoy life at the Imus Ranch. In a society where everyone's out for themselves trying to make a quick buck, its refreshing to see people like the author of Cooking for Kids and Cowboys dedicating their lives in an attempt to make the lives of a child with such horrible circumstances better, if only for a little while!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2004

    WELL, THE BINDING IS ATTRACTIVE.....

    The average person can't afford many of these dishes (check the price of 'organic' in your local grocery); the 2 dishes a did try for myself were bland at best and took way too much time to prepare. If you're thinking of buying this to help the Imus Ranch, send a check instead and find a decent cookbook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2004

    The best cookbook of the century!!!

    This book not only has 125 recipies that are outstanding, but also healthy recipies. You can find almost anything in this book, chocolate chip cookies,you name it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2004

    The Recipes Do Not Work!

    The recipes do not work....plus the 4 dishes I made from the book taste AWFUL!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2004

    Write a check to the Ranch

    The recipes (tried several) are nothing special. Get the classic SW cookbooks instead. The ranch is a fine thing but way over the top price wise ($25 million for 500 kids = $50,000 for a week at the ranch). If you endorse the ranch, write them a check and forget the book. But then you would forego the hilarious Charles McCord essay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2004

    Great Book, Great Story, Great Eats.

    A wonderful book EVEN if you have a problem with her old man! As for the food being too expensive, think about those doctor bills from all those Mickey D's. ALL PROFIT FROM THIS BOOK GOES TO IMUS RANCH!!! Such a deal. Oy vey!

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