Taste of Tombstone is an award-winning book that reveals the sophisticated atmosphere unrivaled west of New Orleans and outside San Francisco during the late 1880s. Monahan’s detailed history of the people, restaurants, and hotels describes life in Tombstone, where six-shooters hung on most men’s hips, and miner picks were a common sight. Tombstone’s restaurants varied from simple fare, to exotic creations, and included trendy French cooking, along with fresh oysters. Monahan painstakingly cataloged the essence of how the “West Was Won” in Tombstone by presenting facts about real people and places that shaped the most famous town in Arizona. Included are recipes from the era with actual Tombstone photos.
“It is both shocking and enlightening to learn just how sophisticated Tombstone really was when the Earps, Doc Holliday, Johnny Ringo, and Curly Bill strode the boardwalks. Tombstone actually had telephones, ice cream parlors, coffee shops, a bowling alley, and a swimming pool. Wow! It is so contrary to the Hollywood version of the town… but it’s absolutely true.” ~Bob Boze Bell
“Sherry Monahan provides a much-needed corrective with her history/cookbook Taste of Tombstone: A Hearty Helping of History. Monahan’s genre-mixing nonfiction is getting a much bigger profile with its recent republication by the University of New Mexico Press. If you want to eat like an Old West gunfighter, Taste of Tombstone gives you a real shot.” ~Tucson Weekly
A little history…
Before Ed Schieffelin discovered silver in present day Tombstone, hostile Apache Indians roamed the vicinity. Ed was often teased by his Army scout buddies that if he kept roaming those hills all he would find was his Tombstone. They were right! He named one of his first mines “Tombstone” and later the town too.
Tombstone’s glory days lasted until about 1887, even though mining had all but ceased in 1886. Hopeful investors tried to mine Tombstone once more in the 1890s and early 1900s, but their efforts eventually failed.