Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Homesick Texan Review

I have been fortunate enough to have received an advanced copy of The Homesick Texan cookbook weeks before it appeared in bookstores. How exciting is that?! I love cookbooks and have stacks to attest to that statement....(need to shop for a larger bookshelf)

I made several recipes from this book and all were outstanding. The black beans are a favorite for sure as frequently have black beans and rice as a side with many meals. The mac and cheese was uber-creamy and the tomato cobbler...no wait, maybe that's my favorite so far!



One of the things I enjoyed the most from this cookbook are the stories.

"Now, observe closly , this is the secret ingredient," said Uncle Richard as he poured in a serving of masa harina into his bubbling pot of chili."

Family stories, and first hand accounts in particular, really grab my attention. I indulge in family history - genealogy....and I love to hear about family interactions and traditions. These are the sort of memories Lisa Fain shares in her book. Traditions and just plain old fun times involving family and food. What a lovely thing to pass on to future generations in her family.

The photography was wonderful. Even before I savored the recipes I was flipping through the book admiring the well shot photos of scenery, food (of course) and the giant Texas shaped cornbread pan.

As a former resident of Pennsylvania, exiled in Florida, and missing the food of my childhood (bring me a hoagie please), Lisa really captured the hearts of her fellow Texans by bringing this book to fruition. I understand the longing for foods you just can't get when you live so far from home. Good job, Lisa Fain!

Thanks to Hyperion Publishing and Girlichef for hosting this event. It was most enjoyable cooking with a big group.

This post is part of The Homesick Texan Cookbook Spotlight and Cook-Off sponsored by Hyperion and hosted at girlichef*

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