Genre: Cookbook / Southwest Cuisine
Publisher: The University of Texas Press
Date of Publication: April 18, 2017
Number of Pages: 312
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Texans love the morning meal, whether it’s bacon and eggs (often eaten in a breakfast taco) or something as distinctively nontraditional as saag paneer omelets, pon haus, or goat curry. A Lone Star breakfast can be a time for eating healthy, or for indulging in decadent food and drink. And with Texas’s rich regional and cultural diversity, an amazing variety of dishes graces the state’s breakfast and brunch tables. The first Texas cookbook dedicated exclusively to the morning meal, Breakfast in Texas gathers nearly one hundred recipes that range from perfectly prepared classics to the breakfast foods of our regional cuisines (Southern, Mexican, German, Czech, Indian, and Asian among them) to stand-out dishes from the state’s established and rising chefs and restaurants.
Terry Thompson-Anderson organizes the book into sections that cover breakfast and brunch libations (with and without alcohol); simple, classic, and fancy egg presentations; pancakes, French toast, and waffles; meat lover’s dishes; seafood and shellfish; vegan dishes and sides; and pastries. The recipes reference locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, and Thompson-Anderson provides enjoyable notes about the chefs who created them or the cultural history they represent. She also offers an expert primer on cooking eggs, featuring an encounter with Julia Child, as well as a selection of theme brunches (the boozy brunch, the make-ahead brunch, New Year’s Day brunch, Mother’s Day brunch with seasonal ingredients, teenage daughter’s post-slumber party breakfast, and more). Sandy Wilson’s color photographs of many of the dishes and the chefs and restaurants who serve them provide a lovely visual counterpoint to the appetizing text.
Praise for Breakfast in Texas:
**A James Beard Cookbook Award Finalist**
“Bring a Texas-sized appetite to the table for Breakfast in Texas! A combination of home-style cooking and favorite dishes from restaurants across the great state, Breakfast in Texas is packed with recipes for simple to spectacular egg dishes, creative cocktails, meat lovers’ feasts, and pancakes and pastries, as well as vegan breakfast and brunch ideas. Beautiful photographs, mouth-watering recipes, and great menu and party ideas make this a must-have for your cookbook shelf.”
-Virginia Willis, chef and James Beard Award–winning cookbook author
“I thoroughly enjoyed Terry Thompson-Anderson’s latest cookbook, Breakfast in Texas. I’m sure many of these recipes are going to become signature dishes for my family, as well as my loyal restaurant customers. Relish every story; enjoy every bite. This cookbook is Texas at the breakfast table.”
-Monica Pope, chef and author of Eat Where Your Food Lives
“Terry Thompson-Anderson’s epic breakfast book spans the cultures of Texas, as well as its regions. With recipes that run from simple to more elaborate, and range from libations to pastries, there’s something for everyone. Plus, Breakfast in Texas is a good read, with all sorts of fascinating information about Texas and its rich and colorful history.”
-Paula Lambert, owner of the Mozzarella Company and author of The Cheese Lover’s Cookbook and Guide
Breakfast in Texas will appeal to just about anyone: cooks and non-cooks, meat eaters and vegans, and everyone in between. The first thing this cookbook does is barrage your visual senses with its delectable photos. This is what many cookbooks do. Breakfast in Texas hooks you with the pictures, and you can’t stop turning the pages and marveling at how wonderful breakfast in Texas can be, from the simple plate of perfectly scrambled eggs to those recipes that have a page of ingredients and another page of instructions.
While most high-gloss cookbooks go for the eye appeal, Breakfast in Texas takes it one step further. Many recipes in this hefty book are basic dishes (such as cinnamon rolls and muffins); however, quite a few recipes send you on a breakfast/brunch (hey, all day long) food travel journey all around Texas, with interesting anecdotes and shout-outs to regional establishments. So, if you find some of the recipes and ingredient lists a bit too daunting, if you’re not certain you will like the end result, or if you don’t have the means or the inclination to go for the gusto and deliver up a Texas-sized breakfast at home, don’t despair. When you’re planning your next road trip (and every trip in Texas is an epic road trip), just add some of these restaurants to your list of stops and dig in. Then go home and use this cookbook to amaze your family and friends with your breakfast creations that you already know will be delicious.
Breakfast in Texas shows that Texas offers some fabulous dishes and challenges the skills of the seasoned chef as well as the everyday cook who is ready to unleash that adventurous culinary spirit lurking just beneath the surface. And now, let’s whip up a batch of blueberry-jalapeno jam to go on some fluffy biscuits (or on everything) or maybe a churro waffle or Mexican hash browns or a vegetable quiche with tomato jam. But first, let’s start our Texas breakfast with a basil mojito, a hot buttered rum, or a bloody shiner made with Texas legal moonshine, oh my!
Enter the Giveaway below for a print copy of Breakfast in Texas: Recipes for Elegant Brunches, Down-Home Classics & Local Favorites by Terry Thompson-Anderson (photos by Sandy Wilson).
Terry Thompson-Anderson is the author of nine previous cookbooks, including Texas on the Table: People, Places, and Recipes Celebrating the Flavors of the Lone Star State, which was a finalist for the 2015 James Beard Book Award for American Cooking.
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