It was only a matter of time before the Genie, Sherry Monahan, found a way to blend all of her passions into one cause.

She’s loved cooking, history, and writing since she was in eighth grade. In 1998 she found a way to put them all together in her first book, Taste of Tombstone. And yes, it combines writing, history, and recipes.

Since then, she’s published seven additional non-fiction books.  She has a feature column in True West magazine called Frontier Fare where she features food and a recipe from the Victorian West.

Sherry is also a professional genealogy, marketing consultant, and natural food stylist.

Her latest project is a new book called, California Vines, Wines, & Pioneers. As you may have suspected, it covers the genealogy of the pioneers who went West before, during, and after the Gold Rush. The best part about the book is that you can still taste wine from a historical winery.

Now, don’t get too excited, they’re not going to break open the historic, library wines (unless you have really deep pockets), but you can drink wine from a place with historical roots.

The book will also include old family recipes from some of the winemakers descendants.

One of her other projects is a book called, Her Fateful Decisions: The True Story of Ethel Hertslet. She traced an English woman, who used an alias, from England to California, to New York City, and back to England. In between all that, this woman traveled around the U.S., which Sherry also tracked. When Sherry contacted the woman’s descendants they were astonished that Sherry knew more than they ever had!

Sherry is a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists. She is the Vice President of Western Writers of America, and holds memberships in Women Writing the West, the Author’s Guild, National Women’s History Museum, and the Wild West History Association.

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