Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Homesick Texan's Family Table by Lisa Fain

*Disclosure of material connection- I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own. 

About the book- 

From beloved food blogger Lisa Fain, aka the Homesick Texan, comes this follow-up to her wildly popular debut cookbook, featuring more than 125 recipes for wonderfully comforting, ingredient-driven Lone Star classics that the whole family will love.
There are few things finer than a delicious, homemade meal shared with family and friends. Take it from Lisa Fain, a seventh-generation Texan who loves to cook and serve up the best dishes her home state has to offer—even though she now lives half a country away.
     The Homesick Texan’s Family Table showcases more than 100 of Lisa’s best and most-loved recipes, ranging from down-home standards (think cheesy nachos, comforting chicken and dumplings, and fiery wings) to contemporary riffs on the classics (who knew adding Mexican spices to a German chocolate cake would taste so good?).
     All of Lisa’s recipes are made with fresh, seasonal ingredients, yet still packed with real Texas flavor that will make your grandmother smile. Whether you’re looking for a party-friendly snack like Pigs in JalapeƱo Blankets, a Mustard Coleslaw to bring as a side to your next potluck, a weeknight- and family-friendly meal like Steak Fingers with Cream Gravy, or a mouthwatering dessert like Ruby Red Grapefruit and Pecan Sheet Cake, The Homesick Texan’s Family Table has you covered. After all, with some mighty fine food and mighty fine people to enjoy it, any meal can be cause for celebration.

My thoughts-

It was so cool to see a book devoted to Texan cooking, I could not help myself, I had to check it out! I have sort of an addiction to cookbooks...I have a ton sitting on their own special row in my pantry, but I usually find that I only like some of the recipes in these books. Maybe it is because the author of this cookbook is from Texas or that all of the recipes are of things I have been eating all of my life and absolutely love, but there are only a handful of recipes in this book that I wouldn't want to try. If you are a southerner or love southern food, you will absolutely love the recipes in The Homesick Texan's Family Table. There is definitely a huge focus on Tex-Mex, but that is what we love around here! There are some great recipes for different types of tacos, enchiladas and refried beans, as well as more traditional foods with a Tex-Mex twist. I love that in addition to the traditional offerings of a cookbook (appetizers, main dishes, desserts, ect.) there were also recipes for salsas, sauces, dressings and instructions on how to can. I have been wanting to learn how to can for a long time, so I thought it was cool that it was part of this cookbook. My absolute favorite part of pretty much any cookbook is the dessert section and this one did not disappoint. I was born and raised in Texas and I have lived here my whole life...I am also part of a very large family with some fantastic bakers, so my mouth watered when I saw some familiar favorites in the dessert chapter...strawberry shortcake, banana pudding, lemon pie, pecan pie, divinity....I wish I could have a tiny piece of each right at this very second! I know that I will get some great use out of this awesome cookbook, the only problem is deciding on which recipes to try first! I definitely recommend this book to any cookbook enthusiast or lover of southern cooking!

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