Elizabeth Warren contributed recipes for herbed tomatoes, spicy barbecued beans and crab with tomato mayonnaise dressing to a Native American cookbook decades ago — the latest in the saga of the U.S. Senate candidate’s claims to Cherokee ancestry that were disproven this week.
She is identified as “Elizabeth Warren, Cherokee” under each of the five recipes she submitted to the “Pow Wow Chow” cookbook, which was edited by her cousin in 1984 and recently obtained by the Boston Herald.
Published by Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muskogee, Okla., the cookbook offers “special recipes passed down through the Five Tribes families.” Mrs. Warren also contributed a recipe for Mexican oatmeal made with oats, onions, tomatoes and chicken broth.
“The soup sounds weird, but everyone who tries it, loves it!” she wrote next to the recipe.
Running neck-in-neck with Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown for his Senate seat, Mrs. Warren has lately faced accusations of exploiting a family legend that she was 1/32 Cherokee to further her career. She was listed as a minority on a law school directory and considered a “minority hire” by Harvard Law School and the University of Pennsylvania.
The firestorm intensified Tuesday when the New England Historical Genealogical Society admitted it had no documentation to back up Mrs. Warren’s claim and Mr. Brown intensified his calls for her to release her personnel records.