The Homesick Texan Cookbook

The Homesick Texan Cookbook Review

When Lisa Fain, a seventh-generation Texan, moved to New York City, she missed the big sky, the bluebonnets in spring, Friday night football, and her family's farm. But most of all, she missed the foods she'd grown up with. After a fruitless search for tastes of Texas in New York City, Fain took matters into her own hands. She headed into the kitchen to cook for her friends the Tex-Mex, the chili, and the country comfort dishes that reminded her of home. From cheese enchiladas drowning in chili gravy to chicken-fried steak served with cream gravy on the side, from warm bowls of chile con queso to big pots of fiery chili made without beans, Fain re-created the wonderful tastes of Texas she'd always enjoyed at potlucks, church suppers, and backyard barbecues back home. In 2006, Fain started the blog Homesick Texan to share Texan food with fellow expatriates, and the site immediately connected with readers worldwide, Texan and non-Texan alike. Now, in her long-awaited first cookbook, Fain brings the comfort of Texan home cooking to you. Like Texas itself, the recipes in this book are varied and diverse, all filled with Fain's signature twists. There's SalpicÓn, a cool shredded beef salad found along the sunny border in El Paso; Soft Cheese Tacos, a creamy plate unique to Dallas; and Houston-Style Green Salsa, an avocado and tomatillo salsa that is smooth, refreshing, and bright. There are also nibbles, such as Chipotle Pimento Cheese and Tomatillo JalapeÑo Jam; sweet endings, such as Coconut Tres Leches Cake and Mexican Chocolate Chewies; and fresh takes on Texan classics, such as Coffee-Chipotle Oven Brisket, Ancho Cream Corn, and Guajillo-Chile Fish Tacos. With more than 125 recipes, The Homesick Texan offers a true taste of the Lone Star State. So pull up a chair-everyone's welcome at the Texas table!

Title:The Homesick Texan Cookbook
Edition Language:English

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Julie Davis

    Gorgeous photography, engaging writing ... but why Lisa Fain thought she needed to add chiles or heat to practically every single recipe (up to and including candy) is beyond me. I know her grandmothe...

  • lauren

    i've been on a roll of checking out cookbooks from the library lately, but this is the first one that I felt really inspired by. I have a ton of different recipes bookmarked, and made a couple recipes...

  • Renee

    This author seriously has some of the BEST recipes...

  • Beth Bonini

    I've just thought to add "cookbooks" to my Goodreads categories, and frankly, I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner. I've loved reading cookbooks since I was a kid, and this is a superb example...

  • Carol

    I put a pork roast into the slow-cooker for dinner (and there will be plenty of leftovers). So what , exactly, should go on tonight's menu? I reached for this cookbook and realize it needs to on my Go...

  • Lauren Munoz

    Gorgeous photos, easy-to-read-and-follow layout, and delicious recipes. My only gripe is that there aren't enough weeknight accessible recipes - many of them require off-the-grid mexican store ingredi...

  • Kyrie

    I really enjoyed reading through this one, although the level of cooking is a bit above my usual fare, and I don't own many of the things needed to make these recipes. Still, it inspired me (and made ...

  • Caitlin

    The perfect combination of anecdotes and recipes. And lots of recipes reminiscent of my Oklahoma childhood as well. I, like the author, had my own chicken fried steak quest upon first moving here. If ...

  • Carissa

    This is, as you might correctly guess, the perfect book for any Homesick Texan. There are recipes new to me, different riffs on old favorites, and great tweaks to standard Texan dishes. It is, by far,...

  • Kerry Pickens

    Some good homestyle recipes, but the Mexican food is not very authentic. ...