Empty Saddles

Mary Ancho Davis
September 19, 1924 ~ August 9, 2015

Mary Ancho Davis, courtesy of the Davis Family
At the 2003 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Mary Ancho Davis accompanied her daughter Maria Davis Denzler, and son-in-law Mark, in teaching a popular cooking workshop called "Cooking a Traditional Basque Mid-Day Meal," sharing her Basque-American heritage with Elko visitors from near and far.

An educator, wife, and mother, Mary Ancho Davis authored Chorizos in an Iron Skillet: Memories and Recipes From an American Basque Daughter, tracing a clear path from the Basque Old Country traditional dishes to their modern versions as she shared her family's recipes and detailed the evolution of Basque cooking in America. The book was published through the Black Rock Press at the University of Nevada - Reno.

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