Author Niethammer, Carolyn
Carolyn Niethammer writes about the Southwest: the plants, the
food, the mountains, canyons and streams, and the people. She was
raised outside the small northern Arizona town of Prescott where she
and her brother were free to roam and explore. On weekends she
traveled Arizona's backroads with her family, exploring ghost towns,
old ranches, forests and deserts, lakes and rivers.
earning a journalism degree at the
found the lives of the Indian women she talked to so fascinating that
her next book Daughters of the Earth, explored the complex
lives of Native American women beyond the kitchen. For this book it
was on the road again, in another old car, visiting Apache girls'
puberty ceremonies, Hopi basket dances and Pueblo corn dances.
The next book brought her to edible wild plants again, this time in
modern recipes for the old foods in Tumbleweed Gourmet.
For the next 10 years, Carolyn worked in public relations and
marketing communications, editing
return to Tucson from her last African trip, she decided that she
wanted to write a biography of an important Western woman. That desire
culminated in I'll Go and Do More: Annie Dodge Wauneka, Navajo
Leader and Activist, which was a runner-up for the WILLA award,
given by Women Writing the West. Keeping the Rope Straight, is
a reworking of that story for middle-level readers. West of
Paradise: Exploring Southeastern Arizona. came out in the fall of
2003. It is an expression of Carolyn's love for the Southwest. Carolyn's most recent cookbooks are The Prickly Pear Cookbook,
which shares recipes from great professional chefs for the bright pink
prickly pear fruit and the nutritious pads, and The New Southwest
Cookbook, with 135 recipes from top restaurant and resort chefs
throughout the Southwest. Her latest is Cooking the Wild Southwest:
Delicious Recipes for Desert Plants.
Carolyn blogs about
seasonal edible wild plants at http://savorthesouthwest.
The summer of 2014 has brought an exciting new twist to Carolyn's
writing career: the publication of her first novel, The Piano
Player published by the Wild Oak line of Oak Tree Press. It's a
western set in
The Piano Player
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