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Spirit of the Harvest:
Cheyenne Batter Bread

By Beverly Cox

From "Spirit of The Harvest: North American Indian Cooking,"
by Beverly Cox and Martin Jacobs

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BuffaloRenowned food author Beverly Cox, winner of the James Beard cookbook award, a Julia Child award and a IACP cookbook award, and food editor for Native Peoples Magazine, contributes a monthly column and weekly recipes to The Spirit of the Harvest columns are published the second Wednesday of every month. Recipes from Beverly run on intervening Wednesdays.


Serves 4 to 8


1 quart of milk or water
2 cups yellow or white cornmeal
3 eggs, separated
4 tablespoons of melted butter

1-1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper


Preheat oven to 375 degrees Farenheit.
Bring milk to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
Gradually stir in cornmeal and cook, stirring, for a few minutes until thickened.
Beat in egg yolks, butter and seasonings.
In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until they stand in stiff peaks.
Fold whites into corn mixture and pour into a 2-quart baking dish.
Bake for 20 to 30 minutes until puffed and golden brown on top.

Beverly Cox is the food editor of Native Peoples Magazine and a former food editor and director of food styling for Cook's Magazine. She holds a Grand Diplome from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and apprenticed with Gaston LeNotre.

Beverly has written 13 cookbooks, including Spirit of the Harvest, North American Indian Cooking, winner of the James Beard and IACP cookbook awards in 1992, and Spirit of the West, Cooking from Ranch House and Range, winner of a Julia Child award in 1997, and Spirit of the Earth, Native Cooking from Latin America, an IACP cookbook award finalist in 2002, all co-authored with food photographer Martin Jacobs. Their most recent book is Eating Cuban, 120 Authentic Recipes from the Streets of Havana to American Shores.

Beverly and her husband, Gordon Black, an architect turned rancher, live on the historic Eagle Rock Ranch in Northern Colorado where her great grandfather homesteaded in 1872. Beverly teaches hands-on cooking classes for small groups who want to combine cooking with the experience of visiting a working cattle ranch.

You can contact Beverly at

For more information about Beverly's cookbooks featuring Native American recipes:

Body, Mind and Spirit: Native Cooking of the Americas

Spirit of the Harvest: North American Indian Cooking

Spirit of the Earth: Native Cooking from Latin America

For more information about Native Peoples Magazine: Native Peoples

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