Sherry became enchanted with food at a young age. Her paternal grandfather was a cook at a lumber camp and her father and aunts and uncles loved to cook. She studied Home Economics in middle school and fell in love. When her modeling career didn’t take off, she turned back to cooking and studied restaurant management. She didn’t want to spend 100-120 hours per week in the kitchen, so she fuels her food passion by writing about it. She also has a love of good wine, some beer, and cocktails. She enjoys visiting wineries and distilleries and discovering new labels. Her creative cooking skills produce some tasty meals, but it also lends itself to mixing drinks. She loves trying old classics and concocting new ones.
She began her writing career when she combined her passion for food, travel, and history. She penned her first book, Taste of Tombstone, in 1998. That same passion landed her a monthly magazine column in 2009 when she began writing her food column in True West entitled, Frontier Fare.
Sherry is a culinary historian who enjoys researching the genealogy of food and spirits. While there’s still plenty to explore about frontier food, she’s expanding her culinary repertoire to include places and foods from all over America and beyond.
She holds memberships in the James Beard Foundation, the Author’s Guild, Single Action Shooting Society, and the Wild West History Association. She is the past president of Western Writers of America (2014-2016), a professional genealogist, an honorary Dodge City marshal, and a member of the Most Intrepid Western Author Posse.
Visit her book page to see all her publications.
She also co-hosted and produced a podcast series in 2021-2022. She and Arizona state historian Marshall Trimble co-hosted The Marshal and the Madam.
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- 2018 Bronze Will Rogers Medallion, Golden Elixir of the West
- 2018 Gold Will Rogers Medallion, Tinsel, Tumbleweeds, and Star-Spangled Celebrations
- 2016 Gold Will Rogers Medallion, The Cowboy’s Cookbook
- 2010 Wrangler Award, Wyatt Earp documentary, History Channel
- 1999 Glyph Award, Taste of Tombstone