It’s always pretty cool to see food bloggers made good releasing a cookbook. I meet a lot of food bloggers through Food Blogger Connect and so many have one particular goal in mind – to eventually publish a cookbook with the recipes that they’ve loved and perfected on their blog. Lisa, the Homesick Texan, started her blog after moving to New York and missing the regional delicacies back home in Texas and this April, she’s releasing a second cookbook with some of her favourite family style foods – The Homesick Texan’s Family Table.
There are two things that might be noticeable to most of her readers (especially international ones) – the equipment and the chilies. Southerners love their chilies and so this spice (with or without its normal accompaniment of cumin and oregano) is ever-present throughout the book. Rather than the clichéd Tex-Mex (which even that hasn’t been available here in London for long), this is authentic Northern Texas blended food. Tastes can drastically vary as to how spicy it should be. Beardy Fiance finds a little bit of spice to just be too much for him, while Beardy Mum would have used more gumbo – very individualised. The other is her heavy use of the skillet and other cooking tools which might seem a bit unfamiliar to European-style cooks. My mother was shocked at reading a recipe which recommended making a roux in a cast-iron skillet. So if you’re not really familiar with these recipes, I’d definitely recommend them for a less-packed weekend for a first go, rather than trying to throw it all on the table for the first time on a Monday night.
I always appreciate a well-photographed cookbook and these scenes from Texan life definitely fit the bill. If you’re looking for a more authentic representation of Texas food and culture, this is the book for you!
Butterscotch Brownies (from Homesick Texan’s Family Table)
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 eggs (at room temperature)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups pecan halves (unpictured)
1/2 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)