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Books about Food / Cooking

Beer across Texas: A Guide to the Brews and Brewmasters of the Lone Star State

Paul W. Hightower (author), Travis E. Poling (author)

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Beer across Texas guides readers through nearly three dozen breweries, microbreweries, and brewpubs throughout the Lone Star State, from El Paso and Houston to Lubbock to South Padre Island. Meet brewers, discover their top labels, and find out what to look for at each brewery. Learn how to identify the distinctive tastes of the five basic styles of lagers and the seventeen major styles of ales. This unique book...

The Texas craft-brewing scene has finally reached a benchmark: It's gotten big enough to have a book written about it. . . . We've arrived.Austin Chronicle

Chili Queens, Hay Wagons, and Fandangos: The Spanish Plazas in Frontier San Antonio

Lewis F. Fisher (author)

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As San Antonio's frontier era was ending in the 1870s and 1880s, Military Plaza was a vivid outdoor market. By night it was a crowded dining venue where storied chili queens dished out spicy meals and saloons and fandango halls pulsed nearby. A cathedral dating from 1738 faced Main Plaza, where Apache chieftains and Spaniards had long ago buried a hatchet, a lance, six arrows, and a horse to signify peace. On Alamo...

The greatest strength of the book is the rarely seen photographs and artwork that bring the plazas to life. Fisher illustrates the book with views of the plazas and their...San Antonio Express-News

Classic Tex-Mex Cooking

Jim Peyton (author)

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Tex-Mex, barbecue, and chili are important aspects of a culinary culture in Texas that has developed organically over many years of trial and error by thousands of remarkable cooks on both sides of the border. Tex-Mex cuisine, a melding of regional American and interior Mexican cooking, has become enormously popular not just in the Lone Star State but nationwide and, increasingly, throughout the world. Although...

How to cook Tex-Mex right.Texas Monthly

Domesticity: A Gastronomic Interpretation of Love

Bob Shacochis (author)

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Bob Shacochis, National Book Award–winning author of Swimming in the Volcano, Easy in the Islands, The Next New World, and, most recently, the critically acclaimed novel The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, hones his nonfiction skills in this tour-de-force romp through the worlds of eating and eroticism. Domesticity is an irreverent exploration of the sweet and sour evolution of the enduring romance between author and lover....

Delicious. . . . Domesticity nourishes the senses and the soul.New York Times Book Review

Enchiladas: Aztec to Tex-Mex

Chris Waters Dunn (author), Cappy Lawton (author)

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The enchilada is more than an everyday Mexican food. It is a history of Mexico—rolled, folded, and flat—that embodies thousands of years of Mexican life. The evolving ingredients in enchiladas from pre-Columbian to modern times reveal the internal and external forces that have shaped Mexico’s cuisine and culture.  Enchiladas: Aztec to Tex-Mex is a comprehensive exploration of one of Mexico’s most historic and popular...

Enchiladas: Aztec to Tex-Mex has legs — it could essentially help spread the gospel of enchiladas callejeras, or Tex-Mex, across the country.San Antonio Current

The Spirit of Tequila

Joel Salcido (author), Paul Salopek (foreword), Chantal Martineau (introduction)

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Agave dates back to the Aztec civilization as an important crop in Mexico. Since the 1600s the people of western Mexico have cultivated blue agave from the red volcanic soil that blankets the region to make what we know as tequila. The Spirit of Tequila celebrates the tradition and culture of this iconic drink. Joel Salcido traveled across the state of Jalisco capturing images of distilleries and artisanal tequileras,...

Poetic... a beautiful book. — Texas Standard - Texas Public Radio

The Wine Roads of Texas: An Essential Guide to Texas Wines and Wineries

Wes Marshall (author)

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The Wine Roads of Texas is the premier guide to wines made in the nation’s fifth-largest wine-producing state. It is the inspiration for the three-part PBS series with the same name. For this second edition, Austin wine writer Wes Marshall scouted new wineries from Big Bend’s Davis Mountains to the bayous of East Texas, from Dallas to Del Rio, Galveston to Lubbock. Marshall met the vintners, listened to their stories...

Makes it easy for the reader who may not be familiar with the myriad wine grape varietals, winemaking techniques, etc. . . . A good read.Houston Chronicle