Dig in to a tantalizing taste of the Rocky Mountain West through the recipes and photographs of New West Cuisine (Gibbs Smith, Hardcover, $29.95, May) by Chase Reynolds Ewald and Amy Jo Sheppard with photographs by Audrey Hall. Enlightened chefs of the new West are marrying this region?s tradition of hearty, homemade meals with the concepts of organic, local and sustainable food. The result is fresh, creative cuisine with a respect for the land and traditions it comes from. 

Featuring 15 great kitchens in the northern Rockies ? from upscale mountain resort destinations to scenery-rich ranches to mom-and-pop roadside attractionsNew West Cuisine offers a variety of seasonal menus and mouthwatering dishes from the region?s most sought-after eateries, along with stunning photography of each scenic setting. The locations and styles differ, but all share a passion for delicious handmade food, seasonal and local ingredients, and the rich Rocky Mountain tradition of warmth and hospitality. 

Missoula?s own Pearl Caf? and Bakery is featured in New West Cuisine with a Valentine?s dinner for two featuring: Smoked Salmon Salad with Heart Beets, Lemon Vinaigrette, and Horseradish Cream; Curried Asparagus Soup; Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Mustard and Tarragon Sauce; Thyme-Roasted New Potatoes and Sauteed Spinach; Warm Chocolate Chip Tarts with Orange Supremes Marinated in Orange Liqueur. Copies of New West Cuisine can be purchased at Amazon.com or at gibbs-smith.com