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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.
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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: 8.3 x 0.9 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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I also have this cookbook in a hard copy and have all of her cookbooks. The first cookbook is still my favorite, but I've used recipes in all of them. These are not artisan recipes, but recipes you can use every day.
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Has some really great recipes in this book. So many times I order a cookbook and am very disappointed in the recipes, but not in this one. Have many quite a few of them and they have come out great every time. This is fast becoming one of my favorite cookbooks.
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Rebecca Rather and Alison Oresman have done another great cookbook. These party recipes are adaptable for a variety of occasions, from parties to at home dining. The writing is informative and interesting and catches the spirit of celebrations. Indexed and complete with lovely photographs. Instructions and ingredient lists are clear and easy to follow. This book is a fine follow-up to Pastry Queen and Pastry Queen Christmas. Need not be limited to Texas parties!
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I i love her first book, but did not like this one. I guess this would be good for Texans who want Mexican inspired food, but for the rest of us it don't do. I rehretfully threw it in the trash basket.
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