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The Homesick Texan Cookbook Hardcover – September 13, 2011
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"Written with equal parts humor and tenderness, Lisa Fain's book makes it easy to imagine your kitchen lies deep in the heart of Texas. Her enticing recipes for a wealth of toothsome Texas favorites prove once and for all that nothing soothes the homesick soul like good old Texas cooking."―Rebecca Rather, author of Pastry Queen Parties
"The sometimes funny and sometimes poignant memories of this seventh-generation Texan pining for the cooking of her homeland bring The Homesick Texan Cookbook to life. Lisa Fain's move to Manhattan has given Texans everywhere a great new resource for surefire recipes and Lone Star lore."―Robb Walsh, author of Legends of Texas Barbecue Cookbook and The Tex-Mex Cookbook
"Finally, the voice and the down-home Texas cooking I love on the Homesick Texan blog is now between hard covers! Lisa Fain has an original voice, and I love her food-completely accessible, honest and delicious."―Michael Ruhlman, author of Ratio and The Elements of Cooking
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Sunday Night Supper: Kid-Tested Jalapeno Mustard Roast Chicken
I spend too much money on books, particularly cookbooks, which are usually hard-covered and filled with beautiful, colored pictures. If I don't cook from them right away, I never cook from them and then they sit like expensive art books on the shelf. A few weeks ago, I bought Lisa Fain's cookbook, The Homesick Texan, and was determined to get my money's worth from it. (The book lists for $29 and Amazon sells it for $17.59.)
Ever since that book landed on my doorstep, I've been reading Fain's poignant and vivid essays about growing up Texan. Because most of her recipes aren't all that complicated, I've actually been cooking from the dang thing.
This week, I decided to make her jalapeno mustard chicken, which calls for honey, yellow mustard, lime juice, ginger, garlic, cumin, jalapeno and cilantro. I'll just admit right now, I'm a cilantro junkie. It makes me high and I look for reasons to smell, chop and eat it. Fain writes that she made this recipe, which calls for a half cup of cilantro, for her friend who was homesick for Texas. Her friend said it was the best roast chicken she ever ate. The only problem is that Fain recommends that the chicken sit in its marinade for eight hours. That's a long shift.Read more ›
Beginners will be the most pleased!
I haven't gotten to any of the recipes in the book yet, but I did read the entire book the day I got it (yesterday). I have no doubt it will be everything Ms. Fain's blog is and more.
Now, with that out of the way, being a homesick Texan myself, I was so excited when I found Ms. Lisa's blog! Then I found out she was releasing a cookbook?! I couldn't wait to buy it (it's the only item I've ever pre-ordered) and I don't regret my purchase (even with the binding issue, which I am confident the parties involved will do everything in their power to correct). My husband is going to be so fat, full, and happy on this gem of Tex-Mex cooking that I now possess! I can't wait to buy a copy for my cousin & his wife, who are stationed in Tennessee, and only ever get to come home to Texas once every year or two! I may not try every recipe in this cookbook, but you better believe I'll be working my way through to trying ALMOST all of them! Thank you, Ms. Lisa!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this for my Father-in-law who is, in fact, a Homesick Texan.
When I give it to him, I'm going to tell him that he has to make me something out of the book every week. Read more
This is a great cookbook. My wife (a native Texan) uses it all of the time. We have another of her books and use it just as often. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rod Danner
Guess you have to be a Texan for all these great recipes. There are several I will try, and I'll pass the book on to my daughter and daughter-in-laws, and grand daughters who are... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cheryl Keefe
My husband loves this book and makes some delicious dinners from it!Published 3 months ago by Reyanna Jarrel
Love this book! Made me miss my Granny and my mom! Super recipes that are the true taste of the Lone Star State.Published 6 months ago by claysmom