New Cookbook Separates the State by Cultural Influences but Unites it by the Love of Food
Texas has a diverse cultural background from the Native Americans who first populated the state to the French, Spanish and Mexican explorers to many other nationalities sprinkled in between. Thanks to this rich cultural diversification there are many wonderful foods to be found here.
Jessica Dupuy’s book, “United Tastes of Texas, Authentic Recipes from all corners of the Lone Star State”, breaks the state into regions and then talks about the influences from each culture in that region. She also shows how regional diversities inter-played in the area’s cuisine. For instance how beef and BBQ are a big part of the West and Central regions where cattle, lamb and goat ranching are the mainstay of those areas. Many of the recipes she includes in the book are passed-down family favorites collected over the years and some are Jessica’s personal favorites. She even includes recipes from some of her favorite restaurants across the state as well as including recipes and introductions from chefs in each area who have now put their culinary footprint in their particular region.
Chef Johnny Hernandez, owner of three San Antonio restaurants, is one of the featured chefs mentioned in the book. Chef Hernandez owns La Gloria at The Pearl which was created to celebrate the rich and delicious street foods of interior Mexico. Fruteria-Botanero in San Antonio’s historic Southtown neighborhood was inspired by the traditional fruit stands of Mexico. This unique eatery is a new take on the Mexican botanero- a casual place people gather to enjoy tapas- style Mexican appetizers and cocktails. His third venture located at The Quarry Market is El Machito which specializes in mesquite-grilled meats prepared in the traditional style of the carne asada of northern Mexico and estilo-campestre of Guadalajara.
Filled with mouth watering, full color images of many of the recipes and beautiful scenes taken from around the state, the book is also a delight to leaf through. In her side notes of Texas Tidbits and Texas Tools you will learn a little about the state, how a certain dish came about and tools needed to cook it.
Jessica will also clue you in to the best Texas Pit Stops in each area so you can get a good dousing of local culture. Getting cooking tips and some humor along the way are an added bonus.
Want to party like a Texan? Be sure to read the Shindigs chapter and get the low-down on Texas libations and holiday table spreads combining recipes found elsewhere in the book. This way you too can put together a Texas worthy spread to make your Mama proud.
I believe this book is coffee table worthy whether you are from Texas or just like to share a good book!
This book is available at:
The Twig Book Shop
**Full Disclosure: I attended a media book signing event in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100 % mine.