Boots 'n' Beans: an art book full of BEANS

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If you thought you knew Boots, you don't know beans. Celebrated cowboy cartoonist Boots Reynolds hands down a whole heap of humor for the food that won the West in this new art book featuring more than 50 of his humorous Western paintings of the cowboy life. After living as a bronc rider, roper, horse trainer and rodeo clown, in the '70s Boots rediscovered his youthful talent for drawing and painting. He became a featured artist for Leanin' Tree, which has sold millions of greeting cards with his humorous illustrations. This, his first book, combines the best of his paintings with the stories behind the art, plus vignettes of the 30-plus Westerners who have provided their original bean recipes, everyone from chuck wagon cooks to governors to First Lady Laura Bush. Packed with colorful ­artwork, insightful writing on cowboy lore and tasty recipes, Boots 'n' Beans is no cookbook. Rather, it's an art book full of BEANS. 'Boots possesses one of the great rarities of nature, natural comic vision. He can make you laugh at nothing much, or at something all social restraint cries out against as an object of humor.' Patrick McManus, Outdoor humor columnist and author

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Roy 'Boots' Reynolds is a cowboy cartoonist whose work has been ­described as 'Charlie Russell meets Saturday Night Live.' His artwork has been published in many venues, most notably Leanin' Tree merchandise, but never in his own art book, until now. Born March 28, 1935, at Vinita, Oklahoma's Eastern State Mental Hospital, Boots was raised an Okie but has lived on a mountainside in Hope, Idaho, for more than 30 years with his wife, Becky. Growing up on ranches and living in many a bunkhouse, he was raised by his father, as his mother was institutionalized with advanced Alzheimer's disease. Boots draws his inspiration from real-life experiences as a rodeo clown, roper, horse trainer and bronc rider. A Leanin' Tree artist for more than 26 years, Reynolds has also illustrated covers of national magazines such as Western Horseman, including one the editors later discovered to ­include a well-disguised naked woman. His originals hang in the Museum of Western Art and have been exhibited at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. The Academy of Western Artists named him Cowboy Cartoonist of the Year in 1996. Other honors include the Trumble Family Award, the Western Horseman Award by Cowboy Cartoonists International and the Penny Onstott Memorial Award from the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Artists Association.

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Boots and Beans is a GREAT book! Irreverent, rowdy, perspicacious (No, I'm not insulting you, Boots,) and tongue-in-cheek (the chaw's for AFTER dinner, Boots). My favorites are Boots' own recipe for Pork and Beans, and how he hornswoggled the White House out of Laura Bush's personal bean recipe. Boots sure knows beans with the bags untied! Leanin' Tree Museum visitors love finding Boots' infamous illustrations alongside the 'interesting' recipes in this book. The books sell like a house afire. --Sara Sheldon, Associate Director and Boots Fan, Leanin Tree Museum & Sculpture Garden of Western Art

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