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The Austin Cookbook by Paula Forbes features a wide variety of recipes from Austin’s award-winning, destination food scene. The author says that this book highlights what’s “unique, beloved, and/or especially Texan” about each of the restaurant and food truck recipes in the book, and I would agree. It’s a cookbook filled with detailed information about its recipes with lots of Texas recipe and restaurant history sprinkled throughout.

This book may not be meant as a quick weeknight meal book, but these recipes are attainable. Because many of the recipes are restaurant recipes, with a focus on developing flavors, some have multiple steps or components as part of the recipe and might take some time to put together. I tried the Lentil Chili, Buttermilk Pie, and the Jalapeno Cheese Grits and all came out great and were easy to make. As someone who grew up eating authentic Tex-Mex, the book covers many of the classics, with a variety of recipes for enchiladas, queso and margaritas, but also features “New Austin Classics,” with modern food and drink recipes, like the popular Beet Fries from East Side King and the Grilled Quail with Green Mole from Lenoir. Some other recipes that I plan to try are the savory Everything Bagel Kolache, the Salted Brown Butter and Dark Chocolate Pecan Cookies and the Grapefruit Salsa.

I think this book is ideal for anyone homesick for Austin, craving some Bob Armstrong Dip or Central Texas-Style Smoked Brisket, or interested in reading more about the current Austin food scene.

 
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