| News from the Field, December 1996|
If the gray wolf knew of the bathos perpetrated in its name, the species might have boycotted its own reintroduction to the northern Rockies. Case in point: the newly released Famous Friends of the Wolf Cookbook (Adams Media Corporation, $30), in which 100 earnest celebrities offer their favorite recipes, accompanied by fawning blurbs, playful wolf photos, and feel-good science bites. "If Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver were wolves, they'd be considered the definitive alpha pair," says coauthor Nancy Reid. Mr. and Mrs. Action Hero's contribution: Maria's Oriental Chicken Salad.
This is not to say that Reid and partner Sheila Liermann aren't operating with the best of intentions. About $2 from each sale goes to the Idaho-based Wolf Education and Research Center. And certainly they had no doubts that the collection would be a success: Prior to this project, the duo hit it big in Sun Valley with a cookbook that raised more than $100,000 for domestic-violence programs.
Beyond Shriver's salad, offerings include Clint Eastwood's Spaghetti Western, Mister Rogers's Corn Pudding, and yes, Jane Fonda and Ted Turner's Buffalo in the Style of Tuscany. Would a pack of hungry wolves approve of the menu? "You bet," says WERC general director Kathy Maechtle. "I can't see any reason why they wouldn't."