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The Homesick Texan Cookbook has finally arrived!

Life is funny. If you had told me 16 years ago when I moved to New York that someday I’d be writing a cookbook about Texan cuisine, I would have just laughed. Sure, I loved to cook and I also wanted to write books—but never did I think I’d be pairing the two passions into one.

Today, all that changes. While I’m still a little shocked that my the past few years on this blog has turned into a book, I do have to admit that I’m over the moon that The Homesick Texan Cookbook is finally published, and I hope it brings many people happiness as it makes its way through the world.

Of course, this book would have been nothing without you, my readers. Please accept my deepest gratitude for helping this book come to life. Your support, your friendship and your enthusiasm have made writing and photographing both the blog and the book a true joy.

Now, a little about the book. The Homesick Texan Cookbook has over 125 recipes that aim to capture the essence of Texan cuisine. As Texas is a large and diverse state, my goal was to showcase all of our state’s bounty, from the beef dishes found in the arid West, to the fresh seafood found along the Gulf; from to the Eastern-European influences found in Central Texas, to the Deep South influences found in the East.

Some of the recipes in the book have appeared on the blog, like Texan classics such as chicken-fried steak, migas and King Ranch casserole. But there are plenty of new dishes as well. Some of my favorites include Dallas gas-station tacos, fried shrimp, poblano macaroni and cheese, crawfish rolls, salpicón and Mexican chocolate chewies. And of course, there are color photos and stories, too.

While I’ve been in New York, cooking the Texan foods I grew up with has helped me feel closer to my loved ones back home. I used to think I missed only the food, but what I truly missed was my family and friends. Fortunately, cooking these dishes has given others and myself a way to connect with those that we love. Though, you certainly don’t have to be a homesick Texan to enjoy our state’s warm and comforting dishes. As I like to say, everyone’s welcome at the Texas table!

I feel very blessed to have been given this opportunity, so thank you again for reading and responding throughout the years. Sharing recipes and stories with you has been a genuine pleasure.

But enough about the book—let’s get cooking!

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  1. Money Jenny says:

    Have it…love it.

  2. csdesigner says:

    Congrats!!!!! I stumbled upon your blog by accident but it must have been kismet. I'm a Texan myself displaced to California. I yearn for Tex-mex all the time and my California born husband just does not understand. I'm so excited about your new book and can't wait to finally get the chance to have my husband experience first hand Tex-mex. Cheers to you!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I grew up in Texas and my family is generations deep in the Texas traditions. I just have one thing…chili…beans or no beans… Texas is so diverse that it is split. It made for really great banter on my facebook page. To give a blanket statement that Texas Chili does not have beans is not a fair statement. Other than that, you have a decent little book. 😉

    I dont have a blog so I am posting anonomous…my name is Leslie Long…my email is [email protected]. It is kinda chicken of you to filter your comments…what are you afraid of…just sayin'

  4. Lisa Fain says:

    Hi Leslie–I moderate my comments to keep out spam.

  5. says:

    Hey Lisa – I got your cookbook for Christmas after putting it on my amazon wishlist and mentioning it on FB. I made 4 recipes the other night for company and everything turned out well except for the Salsa Fuego – the marinade on Gas Station Pork Tacos is fantastic! Congrats on an excellent cookbook!