Texas Eats

Robb Walsh. Ten Speed, $25 (304p) ISBN 978-0-7679-2150-3
Having authored five previous Texas cookbooks, and with a decade’s worth of restaurant reviews written for the Houston Press, Walsh knows a thing or two about the Lone Star food scene. Along with more than 200 recipes, he serves up plenty of state history, profiles of quintessential eateries, and a surprising look at just how many international cuisines have claimed territorial footholds in the region. The book is divided into six sections, with the first five broken out geographically. There are seafood recipes, like shrimp stew, taken from the coast, and German and Czech offerings, including stuffed cabbage, culled from central Texas and the Hill Country. The section on East Texas includes an important look at the foods surrounding Juneteeth, “the biggest holiday in the state’s African American community,” while the West Texas section surveys several of the area’s best barbecue shacks, burger joints, and chicken-fried steak emporiums. The final section is a state-wide multicultural roundup of immigrant dishes. Walsh could not resist titling the last chapter of this section “Indian Cowboys,” where the emphasis is on chutney and samosas, not buffalo. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 03/05/2012
Release date: 03/06/2012
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