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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 ›
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!
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.
Beginners will be the most pleased!
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This is a fantastic book, filled with flavorful comfort food. There's no cream-of-fill-in-the-blank soup in here. It's all from scratch. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Jennifer Guerrero
I stumbled upon this book in a kitchen/gift shop in a small town in central Washington and I am so glad I did. Every recipe I've tried so far has been outstanding. Read morePublished 26 days ago by EnduroDoug
I think I've only ever made two Homesick Texan recipes that were not keepers. Her recipes are always flavorful and "keepers' after one attempt.Published 1 month ago by MEL
As a former homesick texan I've bought this book several times for myself and friends who leave the state. I use it all the time and I love her stories and photos, too.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a fabulous cookbook. I bought some to give as gifts & they are loved. I highly recommend the gas; they alone are worth the price of the cookbook. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lynda M. Breeze
I was at my doctors office and we were comparing recipes when she told me about this cookbook. I ordered it and love the easy recipes. A great findPublished 4 months ago by Niecee
This is the real deal, and if you've spent more than a day eating in Texas, get it!Published 4 months ago by Seaaddled
Beautiful photography accompanies each recipe, all of which can reasonably be successfully executed by the home cook.Published 5 months ago by Julie and the Boys
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