Synopses & Reviews
"Kids come from all over to the Imus Ranch. Some are cancer survivors. Some are still battling cancer. Some have life- threatening blood disorders, and some have lost a brother or sister to sudden infant death syndrome. You might imagine there would be a lot of sadness here, but there isn't. We welcome kids who have known too much sickness and too much death, and we give them something they urgently need: a sense of independence and purpose through healthy, vigorous living."
--From "A Day at the Ranch
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.
100% of author revenues from this book go to the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer
The Imus Ranch is a 4,000-acre working cattle ranch nestled beneath a majestic mesa in the rolling hills of New Mexico, founded by Deirdre Imus and her husband, Don. At different times throughout the year, the Imus Ranch hosts groups of children suffering from cancer or blood disorders, or who have lost brothers or sisters to SIDS. Too often, children living with frightening illnesses are convinced that because they are sick they are not normal. At the Imus Ranch, the kids work as ranch hands, rounding up Texas Longhorn cattle, herding and feeding the sheep, and learning to ride horses and rope calves. They are encouraged to develop a sense of achievement, responsibility, and restored pride and dignity as they realize all they can accomplish. Not only do these children enjoy adventure at the ranch; they also learn from the Imuses that nutritious foods are fundamental to a happy, healthy life. Lavishly illustrated and beautifully designed, "The Imus Ranch Cookbook presents glorious full-color photographs of the ranch, the kids, and the food. The book includes more than 100 recipes for everything from simple soups and salads like Cowboy Chowder; Creamy Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Soup; and Avocado, Raspberry, and Mango Salad, to main dishes and desserts the whole family can enjoy, such as I-Man Chimichangas, Thai Vegetable Stir-Fry, All-Out Brownies, and Raspberry-Apple Strudel. In addition to the delicious recipes, the book shows readers how important and how easy it is to incorporate healthier living into their everyday lives.
The Imus Ranch ransports the reader to a unique place that the author and her husband, talk-show host Don Imus, created: a 4,000-acre working cattle ranch set in rolling hills and mesa country 50 miles east of Santa Fe. The children--who have cancer--visit the Imus Ranch and work alongside authentic western ranch hands, learning to ride horses and rope calves. The experience refuels their bodies and their spirits, and they leave stronger than when they came.
As Deirdre Imus explains: "We welcome kids who have known too much sickness and too much death, and we give them something they urgently need: a sense of independence and purpose through healthy, vigorous living."
Not only do the kids enjoy adventure at the ranch, but they learn from the Imuses that nutritious foods are fundamental to a happy, healthy life. Illustrated with full-color photographs that reflect the ranch's warmth and vitality, the book presents more than 125 vegetarian recipes that meet the true taste test: kids and cowboys love them! Readers will come away with a new appreciation of how important and how easy it is to incorporate healthier living into their everyday lives.
About 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.