Book Description: This work celebrates the American West, presenting a dreamscape that continues to inspire fashion, song, movies and lifestyles. The book is a tribute to the magical frontier that still lives on in the hearts of millions of Americans who went to sleep each night under a Hopalong Cassidy blanket, and dreamed of what it would be like to be in the saddle under a Texas moon, serenading a herd of restless cattle as the coyotes howled. The book includes sidebars, cowboy songs to sing and poems to read, recipes for making the best four-alarm chili, instructions for how to crease a cowboy hat, how to spot high-quality turquoise jewelry, and guides for identifying the exotic cacti and critters of the desert. The photographs include the most outrageous dude ranch fashions, glamorous rodeo queens, vintage linen postcards of roadside attractions and pictures of almost every famous movie cowboy kissing his favourite horse. A shopping index directs readers to sources for cowboy collectibles, books, fashions, custom boots and saddles, furniture, foodstuffs and information about the West. Jane and Michael Stern are the authors of "The Encyclopedia of Pop Culture", "The Encyclopedia of Bad Taste", "Roadfood", "American Gourmet" and "Elvis World".