Best Cookbooks Pertaining To DFW

July 4, 2012 5:00 AM

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The Dallas/Fort Worth area is the test market for many new dining concepts; if a new venture can make it here, it can make it almost anywhere. This city has also been blessed with some stellar chefs that have elevated Texas cuisine far above the traditional Bar-B-Q and Tex-Mex. Chefs such as Dean Fearing have established award-winning careers crafting new combinations utilizing the freshest foods. Food craftspeople such as Paula Lambert of The Mozzarella Company has educated local palates to expect so much more from cheese than what a single-wrap slice can offer. For aspiring home cooks looking to pay homage to these legendary restaurants and chefs, here are some cookbooks destined to become classics within your kitchen.

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“The Mansion on Turtle Creek Cookbook: Haute Cuisine, Texas Style”

Written by Helen Thomas with foreword by Dean Fearing
Rizzoli, March 2012
Price: $26.28
Available in bookstores and online.

Award-winning chef Dean Fearing set the bar high during his tenure at The Mansion on Turtle Creek, and now Helen Thomas has composed a weighty tome paying homage to Fearing and the amazing cuisine he developed. Beautifully written and photographed, this cookbook was published by Rizzoli in March 2012 and might be considered more of an art book than cookbook.

If you have ever had the fortune of a meal or stay at The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, then you know that this mansion exudes elegance in every sense of the word. Bring some of this luxury to your kitchen with the valuable information in Thomas’ cooking guide. The recipes included will allow home chefs to recreate legendary dishes, from grilled gulf snapper with tomatillo-serrano vinaigrette to roasted rib eye with gorgonzola fritters or the legendary and original tortilla soup. Contents include sections on Appetizers, Soups & Salads, Fish & Shellfish, Game & Fowl, Meat, Sauces & Sides, Brunch, Bar Food & Cocktails and Desserts.

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 Best Cookbooks Pertaining To DFW

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“Pastry Queen: Royally Good Recipes from Texas Hill Country’s Rather Sweet Bakery and Cafe”
Written by Rebecca Rather
Ten Speed Press, October 2004
Price: $20.75
Available in bookstores and online.

For many years, DFW visitors to the Texas Hill Country enjoyed making a stop at Rebecca Rather’s bakery in Fredericksburg. Now, fans can strive to duplicate some of their favorite recipes at home. This bakery was a popular spot to stop when driving through Fredericksburg, and many have tasted its offerings. This tome is chock full of more than 100 photographs that capture the tempting dishes and great small-town life.

Whether the mood is for apple-smoked bacon and cheddar scones or turbo-charged brownies with praline topping, the right dish for the right occasion will be found in this 125-recipe collection. Unfortunately, Rather Sweet Bakery has recently closed down and is no longer serving those great treats that Texans love. The recipes in this cookbook may be the only way to ever have a taste of some of your favorites again. Support the baker and creator who put some serious sweat and elbow grease into making food you love.

 Best Cookbooks Pertaining To DFW

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“The Texas Cowboy Cookbook”
Robb Walsh
Ten Speed Press, April 2007
Price: $15.98
Available in bookstores and online.

With this fantastic cookbook, every city slicker can conjure up the illusion that they are camping out on the wide-open plains under a black velvet sky of stars. Author Robb Walsh is the recipient of two James Beard awards and he reaches back as far as the 1500s with recipes in this cookbook highlighting rugged cowhands, slaves turned cowboys and naturally, a cowgirl or two. With more than 100 recipes from poblano mac and cheese to buttermilk lemon pie, home chefs will have an adventure ahead of them as they strive to recreate these dishes.

Try your hand at the various types of recipes broken down by Meats and Poultry, Stews and One-Pot Meals, Sides and Desserts and Bread. Bring that smoky sensation of a campfire to your dining room table and take the kids camping without a tent. Or pack this book for your next outdoors adventure to wow fellow friends with something much more than your typical hot dog and baked beans. Robb Walsh has authored four Texas cookbooks prior to “The Texas Cowboy Cookbook,” but this one captures the flavor of Texas history the best.

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Raine Devries is a 5th generation Dallasite and is well acquainted with the best that the city has to offer. She resides in the Downtown / Deep Ellum area and enjoys being so close to the Arts District, live music venues, and great restaurants. She has a passion for international travel, indie/foreign films, and riding her Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Her work can be found at