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Pastry Queen Parties: Entertaining Friends and Family, Texas Style Hardcover – October 13, 2009


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Pastry Queen Parties: Entertaining Friends and Family, Texas Style + The Pastry Queen Christmas: Big-hearted Holiday Entertaining, Texas Style + The Pastry Queen: Royally Good Recipes from the Texas Hill Country's Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1St Edition edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580089909
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580089906
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 8.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A former caterer, Rather (The Pastry Queen) knows how to entertain, explain and keep things fun and manageable. This entertaining title for home cooks by the Texas native is full of creative and fun dishes that span the state. The six chapters are broken down by region and event and include Gulf Coast Beach Bash; San Antonio Tex-Mex Fiesta; and West Texas Dinner Party. Recipes for appetizers, mains, side dishes, desserts and cocktails showcase seasonal produce and include designated Party Express selections that can be prepared in an hour or less. Southern classics such as spoon bread, seafood gumbo, chicken-fried steak and sweet tea are balanced with Mexican and Mexican-inspired dishes such as posole, fajitas and chiles rellenos. Kitschy selections like hostess-with-mostest cupcakes, Corona sorbet and layered salad in a jar add to the mix. Color photos and essays on Texas traditions, residents and life give readers a feel for not only the big, bold flavors but the unique spirit of the Lone Star state. (Oct.)
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* Pastry Queen Rebecca Rather's 100+ hit recipes for Texas-style parties and gatherings.
* Rather's previous two books have sold more than 80,000 copies, and PASTRY QUEEN CHRISTMAS won the 2008 IACP cookbook award in the American category.

More About the Author

REBECCA RATHER has worked as a caterer and baker for 15 years, first for a couple of upscale Houston catering companies and then as the executive pastry chef for a group of high-end Houston restaurants. Then, while overseeing research and development for the Austin-based Schlotzky's Corporation, she studied with renowned artisan baker Daniel Leader. Rather opened her own bakery, Rather Sweet Bakery, first in Austin in 1999. In 2000, she moved the bakery to a larger yet more intimate setting about an hour west of Austin. Rather and her recipes have been featured in Texas Monthly, Ladies' Home Journal, Food & Wine, Saveur, Southern Living, and Chocolatier. She and her daughter, Frances, live in Fredericksburg, Texas.

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I have all the Pastry Queen recipe books and LOVE them all.
Fred Johns
I haven't had this one as long as her other cookbook but so far this one has had some great recipes in it.
Whitney Watkins
Rebecca Rather and Alison Oresman have done another great cookbook.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 20, 2009
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Rather has demonstrated with her other cookbooks that she brings the Southern charm and style to her pastries and other culinary offerings. Here she turns to one of her passions, partying Texas style. A Texas native, she related her desire to do such a book after a lifetime of enjoying Texas partying and her catering biz, etc.

So, this wonderful work is organized around the different Texas regions and their partying specialties: e.g. Hill Country, Gulf Coast, Big City, etc. What I find exceptional about this colorful and exciting offering is the writeup on each of these and the absolutely great color photos is one of my favorite things about it.

There are so many enticing recipes in this collection, and what is great about them is that one can either mix and match, or go with a theme party as this cookbook is organized around. Those that intrigue me to try include: Roasted Beet Salad with Spicy Pecans and Fresh Chevre; Watermelon Salads with Tequilla-Lime Dressing; Layered Salad in a Jar; Butterscotch Brownies with Brown Sugar Butter Icing; Fiesta Chile Rellenos; Key-Lime Cocunut Cream Cake; Mary's Crayfish Pies; Stuffed Bandera Quail with Pepper Glaze; Sohnne's Mama's Double Decker Blackberry Cobbler.

A great Texas addition to one's collection.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Phillip A. Wright on November 7, 2009
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I have all 3 of the Pastry Queen cookbooks, and have discovered you can rely upon them to be your fall-back recipe for every dish they cover. My whole family loves it when I get a new cookbook of hers, as they know lots of good food will soon follow.

Off the top of my head, I know we've had enchiladas, beans and rice from this one, plus the home-made Hostess cupcakes, while looking difficult, were out of this world delicious and easy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cstro on August 27, 2010
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I love this book! So far I've made the watermelon salad, rustic bread salad, campenacha and curried rice salad. I've brought these things to potlucks and gotten a lot of requests for the recipes. It really is a party cookbook because a lot of the recipes, as written, serve 10-12 people. The Pastry Queen really packs a LOT of flavor into her food. Oprah should hear about her because she's into lots of flavor too. She would love her food. I've gone back and bought her other two books because of "Parties". Thanks Pastry Queen!
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Fred Johns on October 30, 2009
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I have all the Pastry Queen recipe books and LOVE them all. This book is as wonderful as the others as far as the quality of recipes go. In particular I have loved the Hostess with the Mostest Cupcakes, Cocoa Cloud Whipping Cream, and Beans a la Charra. I am a little disappointed, however, in the number of recipes in the book (probably about 25% of them) that contain alcohol as an ingredient. For those of us who don't drink alcohol, it makes many of the recipes unworkable. If it weren't for this fact, I would give it a 5 star.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Millie on November 18, 2010
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This is my third book by this author. I love this lady! All of her recipes are outstanding and delicious. Two of my favorite recipes in this book are the layered salad in a jar and the S'mores cupcakes. Delicious!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. Davis on November 13, 2009
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How could one not love this beautiful cookbook? It is filled with down-home Texas cooking, over 100 photos, and numerous stories. Pastry Queen Parties, includes not only many delicious recipes, but also tells about some of the long held traditions of the Lone Star state. Ms. Rather also shares cooking tips and hostess secrets. Recipes include: Pineapple Bundt Cake; Vanilla Sand Dollar Cookies; S'mores Cupcakes; Deviled Eggs; Double-dipped Buttermilk Fried Chicken; Gangy's Spoon Bread; Butterscotch Brownies with Brown Sugar Butter Icing. This will easily become one of my favorite cookbooks for party planning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. on September 7, 2010
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Rebecca Rather has done it again! What a great cookbook. I own all 3 of her cookbooks now and I haven't been displeased with any of them yet! Her stories are fun to read and the recipes are always delicious!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By gilk on November 16, 2010
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I have been a Rebecca Rather fan from the start, but often find that as authors write mutliple cookbooks, they never live up to the first one. Not the case here! I have all of Rebecca's cookbooks and love every one. Move over Ina! I have made multiple recipes from Pastry Queen Parties, but none are as fantastic as the Maple Pecan Butter thins. I have new status with my friends with these fabulous cookies. I have made them 6x in two months, at least! The queso is very good and there are numerous others that I want to try. I can't wait for the next Pastry Queen cookbook.
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