This first comprehensive account of food and drink in the winning
of the West describes the sustenance of successive generations of
western pioneers. Drawing on settlers' and travelers' journals,
Horsman records food preparation techniques as well as components
of their diets. Not only were buffalo, deer, and wild turkey
plentiful, pioneers also gathered greens such as purslane,
dandelion, and pigweed--as well as wild fruits, berries, and nuts.