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Serving up some New Mexico history

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Former state historian Robert J. Torrez, left, and author and freelance journalist Lynn Cline display their books at the Roswell Public Library Saturday afternoon. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Former state historian Robert J. Torrez and author and freelance journalist Lynn Cline visit the Roswell Public Library Saturday afternoon to impart some knowledge about New Mexico history and native cuisine in a presentation co-sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council.

Torrez, the author and co-author of several books of his own, talked about three New Mexico writers: Cleofas Jaramillo, who penned several books including “Shadows of the Past,” which is about early settler life in Taos; Fabiola Cabeza de Baca, a nutritionist believed to be the first published author of a cookbook; and Agnes Morley Cleaveland, who wrote “No Life for a Lady” about her life on a cattle ranch in the late 1800s.

Cline talked about her new book, “The Maverick Cookbook,” which includes recipes from different eras and discusses New Mexico cuisine while exploring the lives of 12 historical figures from New Mexico, including artist Georgia O’Keefe, restauranteur Fred Harvey and notorious outlaw Billy the Kid.