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1 ANCHO DAVIS, MARY. Chorizos In An Iron Skillet: Memories And Recipes From An American Basque Daughter.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2001. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Mary Ancho Davis invites everyone to join her as she recalls her family's traditions and history and shares special memories from her mother Dominga's kitchen. From huge cream puffs filled with heavy cream skimmed from the top of raw milk, to recollections of ringing the large iron triangle hanging from a tree branch outside the kitchen door, Chorizos in an Iron Skillet offers wonderful details about life and meals on her family's Basque ranch. A personal cookbook from one Basque family, Chorizos in an Iron Skillet is also an engaging cultural study of culinary traditions that spans several generations of Basque immigration to the American West; it traces the evolution of Old Country traditional dishes to their modern versions in America. With recipes for everything from Chicken with Chocolate and Dominga's Basque Chorizos to Dried Apricot Pie, these Basque ranch dishes offer a multitude of delicious ideas for down-home cooking. Illustrated with photographs from the Ancho family, and including helpful advice on ingredients and cooking techniques, Chorizos in an Iron Skillet will fill your home with the flavors and aromas of Basque cookery Mary Ancho Davis was born in a Basque hotel in rural Battle Mountain, Nevada. A graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, she taught Spanish to both high school and university students. She delights in preparing traditional and adapted Basque cuisine for her husband, their three children, and four grandchildren. "The range of recipes here and the use of many ingredients from cans, bottles, and frozen boxes create the flavor of an auxiliary-club cookbook—a delightful bit of western Americana marked by an impulse from the age of Betty Crocker to go global with international dishes . . ." —Frank Bergon, Gastronomica, Summer 2002 "Mary Ancho Davis . . . honors both the history of her community and her ancestors by filling this volume with recipes and recollections from the past and present for her descendants to savor in the future." —Marilyn Abraham, Southwest BookViews, Spring 2002 
Price: 20.85 USD
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2 BIETER, JOHN; BIETER, MARK. An Enduring Legacy: The Story Of Basques In Idaho.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2004. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
In this volume, brothers Mark and John Bieter chronicle three generations of Basque presence in Idaho from 1890 to the present, resulting in an engaging story that begins with a few solitary sheepherders and follows their evolution into the prominent ethnic community of today. The brothers provide extremely well researched stories of both the individual and universal experiences of making a home in a strange land in rich and descriptive language that never fails to interest or inform. An Enduring Legacy provides crucial insights for anyone hoping to fully understand the American West with this in-depth look at an ethic group that played a vital role in its development. John Bieter is a professor at Boise State University and director of the Cenarrusa Center for Basque Studies. Mark Bieter is an associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in Washington, DC. He received his B.A. from Gonzaga University and his J.D. from Duke University. "Mark and John Bieter have filled a very great gap in Idaho history. The cultural, economic, artistic, and civic gifts given to Idaho by the Basque immigrants and their descendants are immense, and this interesting and well-researched history of their struggles and triumphs is essential for fully understanding and appreciating our Idaho heritage." —Governor Cecil Andrus, 1987-1995 "This study focuses on the tightrope the immigrants walked between assimilation and cultural preservation. The authors find a general pattern of behavior over the three generations under study. The first immigrants struggled to survive in their new environs, and many turned to sheepherding for subsistence. Later, Basques opened businesses and worked in local industries. The second generation began a more rapid assimilation, with greater access to education and middle-class jobs. These Basques came of age between the world wars, and the patriotic fervor of that era hastened their Americanization. The third generation, coming of age around the 1960s, generally celebrated selective elements of their grandparents' culture and sought to revive the traditions through festivals, music, and even an exchange program between Boise State University and the Basque region of northern Spain. The authors have traced a story of accommodation and preservation that has, in their perception, a positive outcome. The Basques have maintained their distinctiveness far better than most immigrant groups. This book is well-researched and accessible, and tells a compelling story about a unique group." —Richard D. Loosbrock, Journal of the West, Summer 2003 "Tinged with a wistful nostalgia, An Enduring Legacy is rich with stories and comments from several generations of Basques. Through these stories, the reader glimpses lives and families on the cusp of great changes as they arrive, eager yet bewildered in a land they thought was full of opportunity."—C.M., Boise Weekly, July 2000 "An Enduring Legacy is a richly detailed book, well researched and written, and a valuable contribution to our understanding of the variegated human landscape in the American West." —Dean May, Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Summer 2001 "An Enduring Legacy is an impressive piece of scholarship. The authors obviously have great respect and affection for their subject, yet this respect and affection has not caused them to approach the Basque experience in Idaho in an uncritical fashion. They have used a wide variety of sources, including more than seventy interviews, to bring the Basque story to life in a personal way. At the same time, they have placed that story within both a national and international context." —Robert R. Swartout, Jr. , Montana: The Magazine of Western History, Summer 2002 Home page 
Price: 17.05 USD
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3 DOUGLASS, WILLIAM A.; BILBAO, JON. Amerikanuak: Basques In The New World.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2005. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Amerikanuak is an engaging, comprehensive survey of Basque migration and settlement in the Americas, and an essential introduction to the history of the Basque people and their five centuries of involvement in the New World. Research for the book took the authors through Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela, as well as ten states of the American West. They trace the exploits of Basque whalers in the medieval Atlantic; Basque conquistadors, explorers and missionaries in Spanish America; and pioneer sheepherders, miners, and farmers in the American West. They also follow the story of the Basques back to their mysterious origins in prehistory and their homeland in the Pyrenean mountains and seacoasts between France and Spain to provide background for understanding the character of the Basques, one of the American West's most important ethnic minorities. This is a revised and updated edition of the original 1975 publication, with a new preface by William A. Douglass. William Douglass helped to initiate the Basque Studies Program (now Center for Basque Studies) at the University of Nevada, Reno, and served as its coordinator for over thirty years. Jon Bilbao prepared the massive Eusko-Bibliographia, a bibliography of Basque reference works. He was also an instructor with the Basque Studies Program at the University of Nevada, Reno. "Though the distinguished authors . . . modestly claim to have done no more than make a preliminary exploration of the subject, their treatment is likely to remain the standard for a considerable time." —Library Journal "The scholarship, narrative, and sources cited make this book required reading for students, genealogists, and scholars interested in the Basque experience in the New World." —Colonial Latin American Historical Review "Amerikanauk is an impressive volume. Its superior bibliography attests to the depth of their work. This insightful and mature book deserves a wider circulation than it will probably receive." —Southern California Quarterly 
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4 GARATE, DONALD T. Juan Bautista De Anza: Basque Explorer In The New World, 1693-1740.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2005. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The first biography of an eighteenth-century Basque immigrant who became a silver miner, a cattle rancher, and commander of the cavalry in Sonora, Mexico. The name of Juan Bautista de Anza the younger is a fairly familiar one in the contemporary Southwest because of the various streets, schools, and other places that bear his name. Few people, however, are familiar with his father, the elder Juan Bautista de Anza, whose activities were crucial to the survival of the tenuous and far-flung settlements of Spain's northernmost colonial frontier. For this first comprehensive biography of the elder Anza, Donald T. Garate spent more than ten years researching archives in Spain and the Americas. The result is a lively picture of the Spanish borderlands and the hardy, ambitious colonists who peopled them. Donald T. Garate is deeply involved in research and preservation of Spanish history in both Arizona and Sonora, Mexico, and has brought attention to new material concerning the Basque influence in that history. He is currently chief of interpretation/historian at Tumacácori National Historical Park in Arizona. "While biography has fallen out of favor somewhat with academic historians, in the hands of skilled practitioners it can be exciting and revealing, social history at its best. Such is the case with Garate's work on Juan Bautista de Anza." —Choice "Donald Garate has written a wonderful biography of Juan Bautista de Anza (1693-1740), the Basque explorer and soldier. . . . Garate succeeds to enlighten scholars and students about Anza's accomplishments. In the twenty-five years that Anza lived in Mexico, he fought Indians; pushed the empire's borders further north; made some money in business ventures; started a family; and may have been the first person to call the northernmost parts of Mexico, 'Arizona,' the name that now adorns that state. Not bad for a man from humble circumstances who, Garate rightly notes, deserves more mention in the histories of northern Mexico and the American West." —Michael J. Gonzalez, The Journal of San Diego History, September 2005 "A born storyteller and keen researcher, the author also shares the Basque heritage of his subjects. He knows their difficult tongue, making the point repeatedly that both Anzas have to learn Spanish as a second language. . . . Garate has traveled and stood where the Anzas did and excels at setting the scene. . . . Unscripted dramas like the 1736 Planchas de Plata silver strike and the epiphany of false prophet Agustín Aschuhuli come alive as never before." —John L. Kessell, New Mexico Historical Review 80.2, Spring 2005 
Price: 23.70 USD
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5 JUARISTI, VINCE J. Back To Bizkaia: A Basque-american Memoir.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2011. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Nevada rancher Joe Juaristi spoke for years about making a trip back to his native Basque Country. Finally, Joe's son, Vince, organized the trip—the two of them, traveling alone, making a quiet reunion with aging siblings and friends, and visiting the places that formed Joe's memories of his youth. Back to Bizkaia is partly a travel book, partly a memoir of two men exploring their roots and their unique father-son bond. The narrative combines an account of the contemporary Basque Country with Joe's experiences as an immigrant in the U.S. and Vince's memories of growing up in a close Basque-American community in the American West. Vince J. Juaristi, a native of Elko, Nevada, is president and CEO of a management consulting company in Alexandria, Virginia. This is his first book. "Back to Bizkaia is a heartwarming account of a Basque American who takes his father back to Spain. All the memories of father and son are vivid and engaging. Most winning is the fully realized portrait of the father himself, Joe Juaristi, a charming stoic." -- Frank Bergon, author of Jesse's Ghost "A sweet story of the author's filial devotion to his father, Joe Juaristi, a Basque immigrant who worked for a number of years as a sheepherder and later bought the famous Star Hotel in Elko, Nevada. Juaristi weaves a simple chronicle of his father's trip back to the Old Country into an engaging father-and-son story." -- Joxe Mallea-Olaetxe, author of Speaking Through the Aspens: Basque Tree Carvings in California and Nevada "Touching on the roots of Basque country and the American west, Back to Bizkaia is a fine tale of an immigrant revisiting their motherland of Spain." -- Midwest Book Review 
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6 LAXALT, ROBERT. The Land Of My Fathers: A Son Returns To The Basque Country.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2000. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Robert Laxalt grew up in Carson City, Nevada. He attended Santa Clara University in California and later graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno. He joined the staff of the University of Nevada in 1954, serving first as director of News and Publications and later as director of the University of Nevada Press, which he founded. He was named a Reynolds Distinguished Visiting Professor and was the first occupant of the Distinguished Nevada Author Chair. The author of seventeen books and many national magazine articles, his work has received international critical acclaim. He lived in Washoe Valley until his death in 2001. In 1960, renowned Nevada writer Robert Laxalt moved himself and his family to a small Basque village in the French Pyrenees. The son of Basque emigrants, Laxalt wanted to learn as much as he could about the ancient and mysterious people from which he was descended and about the country from which his parents came. Thanks to his Basque surname and a wide network of family connections, Laxalt was able to penetrate the traditional reserve of the Basques in a way that outsiders rarely can. In the process, he gained rare insight into the nature of the Basques and the isolated, beautiful mountain world where they have lived for uncounted centuries. Based on Laxalt's personal journals of this and a later sojourn in 1965, The Land of My Fathers is a moving record of a people and their homeland. Through Laxalt's perceptive eyes, and his wife Joyce's photographs, we observe the Basques' market days and festivals, join their dove hunts and harvests, share their humor and history, their deep sense of nationalism, their abiding pride in their culture and their homes, and discover the profound sources of the Basques' strength and their endurance as a people. Photography by Joyce Laxalt. Reviews "Short chapters, descriptive narration, and old sayings give the book the feel of a personal journal." —Genevieve Fontan, France Today, July/August 2000 
Price: 19.95 USD
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7 MALLEA-OLAETXE, J. Speaking Through The Aspens: Basque Tree Carvings In California And Nevada.
University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2008. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Speaking Through the Aspens analyzes the content of thousands of arboglyphs in the mountains of Nevada and California by topic—language, politics, the Basque homeland, the sheepherd's life, sex, and pictorial themes. In addition, author Mallea-Olaetxe has examined such sheepherder artifacts as sheep camps and bread ovens, conducted extensive interviews with former herders and sheep company personnel, and undertaken research in immigration and other records. The result is a highly original work of history—a detailed account of the lives of Basque sheepherders in the American West. For the first time, these men who contributed so much to the development of the region, many of whom went on to establish the West's thriving Basque community, speak for themselves about their experiences. Enhanced by numerous illustrations, this book is history at its most engrossing, essential reading for scholars and anyone curious about the arboglyph phenomenon. Joxe Mallea is a Basque Researcher at the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. His full curriculum vitae can be found here. "The carvings on the trees are the library of the forest. I have been reading in that library for years, trying to understand some of its meaning. We know about those who left other written records or more public careers. This book may be as close as we can get to an invitation to sit at a sheepherder's fire decades ago, or to follow him through the aspens with his flocks. J. Mallea-Olaetxe has produced an encyclopedic work on the carvings, answering many questions about Basque people in the mountain west. I will reevaluate my own work in light of his." —James Snyder "Speaking Through the Aspens is nothing less than the definitive study of Basque aspen art in the American West." —Michael Claytor "Previous publications of aspen carvings have been written by non-Basque individuals. Mallea-Olaetxe, as a Basque immigrant, offers a unique perspective of the literal and substantive interpretation of this type of art and inscription." —Society for California Archaeology Newsletter, March 2001 "Speaking Through The Aspens is a seminal work of original scholarship." - The Midwest Book Review "...this book is history at its most engrossing, essential reading for scholars and anyone curious about the arboglyph phenomenon." - Sierra Heritage Magaine 
Price: 28.45 USD
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