Best New Texas Cookbooks

November 9, 2011 6:00 AM

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Four new cookbooks will surely get foodies away from the restaurant and into the kitchen. From chili to tacos and barbecue to steak, these books will help you satisfy that appetite for home-state cuisine.  Grab one of these cookbooks, get cookin’ and enjoy the larger-than-life flavors of Texas.

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Big Ranch, Big City Cookbook: Recipes from Lambert’s Texas Kitchens
Louis Lambert with June Naylor
Ten Speed Press, September 2011
Available in bookstores and online

More than 100 recipes from Lou Lambert’s well-loved restaurants (including Lambert’s Steak, Seafood and Whiskey, and Dutch’s) are collected in the chef’s huge, beautifully photographed debut cookbook with co-author June Naylor (a contributor to  Try out mouthwatering recipes for Spicy Oak-Smoked Chorizo, Wood-Roasted Chicken with Mexican Chocolate Chile Rub, Brandied Chicken Liver Terrine with Caramelized Onions, and Sabine Braised Duck with Wild Mushrooms and Port. And don’t miss dessert recipes for Gingered Pear Fried Pies and Tres Leches Cake, dishes that reflect Lambert’s simple yet sophisticated approach to Texas cooking.

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The Homesick Texan Cookbook
Lisa Fain
Hyperion, September 2011
Available in bookstores and online

Lisa Fain, a Texas transplant in New York, began documenting her love for Texan food in her blog the Homesick Texan in 2006 and it soon grew to an active community, connecting readers (both Texan and non-Texan) with a hankering for good old Texan comfort food. In her new cookbook, she hopes to bring the best of Tex-Mex flavors to kitchens everywhere – from Pork Tacos, Dallas Gas-Station Style to Austin-Style Black Beans and Poblano Macaroni and Cheese. And from the rave reviews, homesick Texans everywhere are enjoying Fain’s taste of Texas.  Check back later this month for’s interview with author Lisa Fain.

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Lone Star Eats: A Gathering of Recipes from Great Texas Cookbooks
Terry Thompson-Anderson
Shearer Publishing, October 2011
Available in bookstores and online

Veteran chef and cookbook author Terry Thompson-Anderson researched over 65 of the best Texas cookbooks by chefs, community organizations, and junior leagues to collect more than 500 recipes for this comprehensive cookbook of old and new Texas favorites. Whether you’re looking to serve traditional fare or whip up sophisticated, urban-inspired dishes, you’ll find this cookbook becoming one of your kitchen staples.

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Stirring It Up With Molly Ivins: A Memoir With Recipes
Ellen Sweets
University of Texas Press, October 2011
Available in bookstores and online

Journalist Ellen Sweets chronicles her friendship with columnist and Texas icon Molly Ivins in this entertaining, intimate memoir. Sweets takes readers behind the scenes and into the kitchen to reveal the food-loving details of Ivins’ private life, which includes stories of the fabulous meals Ivins prepared for friends and family, and recipes for 35 of her favorite dishes. From chili and chicken-fried steak, to Texas Mud Pie and Ouefs Brouille, the dishes illustrate Ivins’ love for cooking; and the book is an affectionate (and delicious) tribute to the “professional Texan.”