Homesick Texan Returns to Texas
Lisa Fain, the popular blogger behind the Homesick Texan blog, visited Austin, Texas this week to not only speak at the bustling Texas Book Festival, but also hold her own court at the city’s excellent independent bookstore BookPeople. Fain spoke to a standing room only crowd about after moving to work in publishing in New York City, finding Texas-style foods was practically impossible.
She parlayed this frustration into learning how to cook things herself, like chicken fried steak or real enchiladas. Since starting her blog in 2006, Fain has attracted a big following, culminating in the 357 page The Homesick Texan Cookbook from Hyperion Books.
The cookbook combines the essentials, such as how to make cream gravy and fried okra along with lots of interesting twists and variations. Some recipe examples: Poblano Macaroni and Cheese, Pork Chops with Salsa Verde and a Tex-Mex Meatloaf with a Chipotle-tomato Glaze. (Apparently finding chiles in the Empire State is not a problem.)
We’ll be talking more about Fain’s cookbook very soon. And welcome home!