New Book Collects Centuries Of Family History, Adventures

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Don McComber’s ‘The Recipe’ recounts adventures in wilderness and time, wars and happiness.

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traces two and half centuries of family history, across the ocean from Scotland and across the continent of North America

Don McComber’s book “The Recipe: One American Family's Eight Generation Odyssey” (published by Trafford Publishing) traces two and half centuries of family history, across the ocean from Scotland and across the continent of North America.

“I was afraid the family stories passed down by both written documents and word of mouth would be lost,” McComber says, “and these stories of some the adventures and gripping experiences of multi-generations are the result.”

As she watched his boat disappear into the distance in Loch Carron, Sarah prayed that her blue eyed bastard son, Macum, would have a full and happy life. She would never have dreamed that this boy, the product of a rape, would make his way to the shores of the new America, marry twice, father four sons and a daughter, become a successful merchant, and help pioneer the West. One of the sons, Harmon, fathered the line of descendents that continued the adventures to this very day.

One of the strengths of “The Recipe” is its sheer scale. Not only does it cover centuries of time, but staggering amounts of geography. It begins in Inverness, Scotland in 1746, proceeds across the Atlantic to Nova Scotia, Chesapeake, western Pennsylvania, Fort Pitt, St Louis, Confluence, Nebraska, the Oregon Trail, Colorado, back to New York, west across the Great Lakes, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska again, Vietnam, and then finally to Colorado.

About the Author
Born and raised in one of the dusty small towns of the plains, Don McComber continued the adventure of his ancestors. Don traveled the world as an engineer and developed a love for the story of America and its people. He reads prolifically, loves the mountain trails, refinishes old furniture, and writes stories about the tiny niche of history in which his ancestors lived.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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