About Mary

Mary has contributed to The Trail and Rider Magazine, Farm and Ranch Living, Country Woman, and Cats and Kittens. She also co-edited the locally bestselling cookbook, Steamboat Entertains, and wrote two additional cookbooks: The Bean Sprout: A Nutritional Guide and Cookbook for Children and My Grandmother’s Kitchen: Recipes and Remembrances of Mabel Ide Mortensen.

For over thirty years, Mary and her husband, Pete, have lived in the Elk River Valley where they raise quarter horses and hay, and graze a small herd of cattle during the summer months. They have two adult children, Andy and Cassidy.

Mary's first collection of essays, At Home in the Elk River Valley: Reflections on Family, Place, and the West was released in April 2011.  It was recognized by Indie Excellence Book Awards as a Finalist in Regional Non-Fiction and by the Colorado Independent Publisher's Association's as a Bronze EVVY Award winner.  It is available at http://www.marybkurtz.com/http://www.amazon.com/ , Barnes and Noble, and other fine bookstores.
She has also produced a series of photographic note cards and prints documenting the life and landscape of the ranch she and her husband share in the Elk River Valley.  Please visit her store at http://www.marybkurtz.com/ to purchase.

Contact her at: mbk@kurtzranch.com 
Visit her website at: http://www.marybkurtz.com/