So, I spent the past two years working on another book and today it’s published. Would you like to see a preview?
Like my first book, there are over 125 comforting Texan recipes made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. There are also lots of stories and full-color landscape photos of Texas. To get a sense of how it's organized, here’s the table of contents, with a cow.
And here are some more cows. (While it may appear to the contrary, not every photo is of a cow. There are also bluebonnets, windmills, big sky, and numerous other photos taken across Texas. And, of course, lots of food.)
The recipes in this collection are inspired by old family favorites. This is Texan comfort food for any occasion, at any time of day. For instance, when we have the time, my family and friends love to linger at the breakfast table, so I’ve included lots of recipes for morning meals, such as Pecan Lime French Toast Casserole, Bacon and Molasses Breakfast Sausage, Breakfast Enchiladas, and Potato Chorizo Breakfast Tacos, which are made even better with homemade sausage, tortillas, and salsa.
You couldn’t have a Texan cookbook without salads and sides, so I’ve included a host of dishes that will round out any meal, from holiday dinners to backyard gatherings. Here’s my take on that Texan potluck and weeknight dinner mainstay, Frito Salad.
For the main event, I’ve got you covered with plenty of beef, pork, chicken, seafood, Tex-Mex, and meatless dishes, such as Sunday Brisket, Peppery Ribs, Black Bean Sopes with Chipotle Crema, and a decadent Chicken Spaghetti.
My family loves to bake, so I’ve shared some favorite bread recipes such as Bacon Cheddar Biscuits, Sweet Potato Tortillas, and Buttermilk Dinner Rolls. And there are also sweet treats, such as tangy Lemon Pie, creamy Divinity, and Mexican Chocolate Cake, a spicy twist on that Texan classic German chocolate cake.
You’ll also find an appetizer chapter, a soups and chilis chapter, and an accompaniments chapter stuffed with pickles, salsas, and jams.
While the food included is chock full of big Texas flavors, at heart this book is a celebration of spending time at the table with those that you love. My favorite memories come from shared meals with family and friends and I know many of you feel the same. I’ve spent the past two years working on The Homesick Texan’s Family Table and I’m thrilled it’s finally making its way out in the world and hopefully, into your kitchens. It’s available wherever books are sold.
If you’re in New York City this Saturday, April 5, I will be signing books at Powerhouse on 8th in Park Slope from 4 to 5. There will be other book signings coming later this year, which I’ll share with you soon. I look forward to meeting you!
This book is very dear to my heart as the photos and dishes come from places and people that I love. These are some of my favorite recipes and I find myself reaching for this collection whenever I want to make something delicious, whether it’s for a quick supper or an impromptu weekend gathering with friends. No matter the occasion, I've found that cooking this food always brings me closer to Texas and those that I love.
Thank you so much for supporting my first book, as it was your encouragement that allowed me to write another. I am so fortunate to have found this community of like-minded folks and appreciate each and every one of you every day.
But enough about the book, let's get cooking! Creating The Homesick Texan's Family Table has brought me a lot of joy and I'm so pleased that I finally get to share it with you.