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The Homesick Texan Cookbook
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on January 3, 2015
This book is worth its weight in gold for a SC couple. I can't believe it took us over three years to run across this book. I bought this book for my wife because she had checked out a copy from the local library and just kept renewing it. She had prepared at least a half dozen dishes and planned on trying as many more when I decided it was time to invest in a copy for our kitchen. My wife was raised mostly in Texas until her late teens. I was raised in SC but spent about eight years out west. I learned what real Tex-Mex tasted like and feel in love with it.

The food my wife prepares out of this book is a hit for the entire family. my favorites are the Jalapeno Pintos and the Pork Chops with Salsa Verde Rice. The recipes are well documented and the instructions are easy to follow. My wife has sticky notes and tabs all through the book. We eat a dish out of this book about once a week and I don't se any reason to change that anytime soon.

My wife had a question about one of the recipes and wrote the following email to Lisa and received a very nice a timely response:

"Our family has truly enjoyed your cookbook "The Homesick Texan"! All the recipes I have tried have been wonderfully full of flavor! I spent much of my childhood in Texas before moving to South Carolina in my late teens. After years of searching for the Tex- Mex food I remembered, only to find yet another chain with "Speedy Gonzales with beans" on the menu, I have learned to research and make my own. Finding your book at the library (which I now own) has brought me joy and quite pleased my hubby!

I would like to try your "Tomato Cobbler" that is pictured on page 273. I wondered if there might be a typo because the picture shows what looks like cheese on the top but the recipe doesn't list cheese as an ingredient. Cheese on a tomato casserole style dish is consistent but perhaps I am making an assumption. I searched for the recipe on your blog but couldn't find it.
Thank you for your time!"

RESPONSE from Lisa:

Thank you for the kind words about my book. I'm so pleased it's made you happy.

As for the tomato cobbler, there is no cheese on top nor in the recipe. It's shiny from the butter and yellow from the cornmeal.

Happy New Year!

Best wishes,

This is a great book for anyone with a taste for Texas!
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on November 23, 2015
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. We have not had a "loser" from any of the recipes although a couple of them we had to tone down a bit on the heat from the chiles. We lived on the Texas Mexico border for about 6 years so are pretty familiar with this type of cuisine and cooking. We probably use one of her recipes a couple of times a month or more but we vary our cooking a lot. If you like Tex Mex food, these are great collections.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon June 11, 2013
Texas. Big Sky country. A little bit Southern, a little bit Southwestern, and all the flavors to match. Texas is an easy place to be homesick for even if you've never been there and Lisa Fain's The Homesick Texan Cookbook has all the flavors of home.

This is a full-flavor book loaded with gorgeous pictures meant for full-color display. Inside you'll find an interactive Table of Contents listing each chapter. Separate listings linking individual recipes begin each chapter. Lisa includes a discussion of ingredients & special equipment commonly used in Southwestern cooking and is thoughtful enough to include pictures of some of the more readily obtained chiles.

No Texas cookbook would be a Texas cookbook without recipes for Texas Sheetcake and King Ranch Chicken Casserole, but Lisa goes far beyond the norm. Giant kettles of Texas Red, Jalapeño Pinto Beans, and Green Chile Chowder cozy up to Tomatillo Cheese Grits, Fried Okra just like my mother's, a Mexican Shredded Beef Salad, and Dr. Pepper Ribs, all topped off with Apple Fried Pies, Peach Cobbler and Pumpkin Empanadas - and don't forget to have a bite of Coconut Tres Leches Cake for dessert. 158 recipes, something for every taste.

Beautiful to look at, mouthwatering to read, this is a book that you'll enjoy cooking from no matter where you live.

Grandma's $0.02 - Delightful and stupendously good. Texas cuisine at its best. Highly recommended
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on February 18, 2018
My family has loved everything I've made from here. My only problem with it is that dinner tends to run late when I cook from this cookbook because I often stop to linger over the stories- I love the personal narrative woven throughout the cookbook and the beautiful scenery. I'm still cooking my way through this, but as everything from the salsas to the enchilladas to the dips to the desserts has been amazing, I'm planning to eventually buy her other cookbook(s) and I hope they keep coming!
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on September 19, 2011
...very disappointed in the binding quality. I, too, have a brand new pre-ordered copy of Ms. Lisa's book. While browsing through the book, about half way through, the binding of the bottom half of the page does not hold, and the pages nearly fall out of the book. I have contacted Ms. Lisa about this, and she is deeply and sincerely apologetic. She suggests returning and replacing the book via Amazon. She's seen the other reports on Amazon about this issue and is working with her publisher to find a solution.

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!
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on September 26, 2011
Must say my delivered date-of-release-pre-ordered Lisa Fain's 'Homesick Texan Cookbook' arrived without a hitch and with all pages intact ... I only wish there'd been an option to have an autographed copy because Lisa's signing appearances haven't been scheduled west of Texas (ie. in California). A shout-out to Lisa, 'Y'all welcome out here!'

I've racked my brain trying to backtrack to how I stumbled upon Lisa's blog. I'm sure it had to do with Texas, may have been a recipe search, may have been a travel within Texas search ... wherever, however, whatever, glad to have found the blog, found the wit, intelligence, photographs, to heart & ring true reminiscences and oh-so-very-good recipes in the blog and now gathered & bound between covers easily tucked up within reach on my shelves equally steps from the kitchen or comfy couch (whew!). Before hearing rumored breath of a cookbook, I found myself several times weekly revisiting her blog, reading backwards to catch all I could, both her & her readers' comments, looking at pictures of not only her beautifully precented prepared foods, but Texas ... scenery, flowers, weathered homes & trucks, stretches of land, of sky. I shared these with friends, family ... and well, I can't stop.

Can't imagine not being a fan, not raving as I've done above, but back to the cookbook ... I've more than a few cookbooks, many more if you delved into my mom's collection in boxes waiting to be re-shelved at my home. On the shelves within reach are well-worn favorites, standby's, next to Mom learned-to-cook-by's. Honestly, frankly ... Lisa Fain's 'Homesick Texan Cookbook' is my personal runner-up to replace 'Joy of Cooking' ... and I am smiling!
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on June 2, 2013
also named Lisa, and being from Texas, now living in NYC, I felt an immediate kinship with the author. same name and same background and same love for our homestate recipies? oh yeah! however, even i was impressed with this cookbook and i expected to love it, now i truly cherish it. in fact, this cookbook Ms. Fain has blessed the world with is second only to my grandmother's handwritten recipes on index cards (old school, y'all) and magazine articles. The font is clear, the directions are concise. The pictures are pure food porn with the crispest clarity and instantly elicit a pavlovian dog drooling response. as a chef and foodie, I am hard to impress because i know good stuff when i see, read and taste it. the fact that she nails the whole TRUE texan vibe is noteworthy. please note that i first fell in love with her blog that was the seed for this cookbook. this is one of those cookbooks you use in the kitchen like a bible. it is worth a million. also, even though it's hardcover, it's a nice size, this is a MUST BUY for anyone who enjoys fresh, honest texan dishes which means texans and non-texans alike.
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on January 15, 2018
This cookbook is a must for every displaced Texan. As a Houstonian who dabbled in Dallas and Lubbock, I was able to find everything I needed to razzle dazzle my Hoosier neighbors. The Casa Ole sauce (I think she called it Houston green salsa) was such a hit, that I was asked by a friend to jar some up for her for Christmas. Lisa's enchilada sauce for the stacked enchiladas was perfect. We always call stacked enchiladas "mi abuelo's manjar" because they were indeed my San Angelo grandad's specialty.

The pumpkin empanadas are spectacular too. I am so glad I own this book. My jeans are not so glad I own this book.
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on November 19, 2014
I love the authenticity of the recipes. I bought this book after falling in love with a library copy of her newer book because my library did not have this book. It was a leap of faith that paid off! There are not as many pictures of the recipe products in this first book, compared to her new book, but there are great recipes. I line how the author uses accessible yet delicious and fresh ingredients. I have family in Texas, and recently move from Texas to the midwest, so I was so excited to find this series of books!! My husband and I love cooking our Texas foods when we miss the lone star state, and this author's book are perfect for that!
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on February 6, 2012
I lived in Texas for 58 years; now I'm living in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. Although I love my new life in NC, you will never be able to take the Texan out of me. A huge cultural shock for me once I made the move was not being able to buy fresh tortillas like I could in Houston. In fact, Mexican food in NC is downright yucky! I was on the hunt for a good flour tortilla recipe as well as one for cheese enchiladas with chili con carne. I was fortunate enough to learn about this cookbook; it has these recipes plus so many more great ones. I have told several people this is probably the BEST cookbook I have ever bought, and I have bought hundreds over the years. One of the coolest things when I was reading this cookbook was discovering that the author's grandmother's pie crsut recipe is the recipe I have been using for all of my life! It was my mother's recipe!
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