REVIEW: The Homesick Texan’s Family Table by Lisa Fain
The Homesick Texan’s Family Table
by Lisa Fain
From beloved food blogger Lisa Fain, aka the Homesick Texan, comes this follow-up to her wildly popular debut cookbook, featuring more than 125 recipes for wonderfully comforting, ingredient-driven Lone Star classics that the whole family will love.
There are few things finer than a delicious, homemade meal shared with family and friends. Take it from Lisa Fain, a seventh-generation Texan who loves to cook and serve up the best dishes her home state has to offer—even though she now lives half a country away.
The Homesick Texan’s Family Table showcases more than 100 of Lisa’s best and most-loved recipes, ranging from down-home standards (think cheesy nachos, comforting chicken and dumplings, and fiery wings) to contemporary riffs on the classics (who knew adding Mexican spices to a German chocolate cake would taste so good?).
All of Lisa’s recipes are made with fresh, seasonal ingredients, yet still packed with real Texas flavor that will make your grandmother smile. Whether you’re looking for a party-friendly snack like Pigs in Jalapeño Blankets, a Mustard Coleslaw to bring as a side to your next potluck, a weeknight- and family-friendly meal like Steak Fingers with Cream Gravy, or a mouthwatering dessert like Ruby Red Grapefruit and Pecan Sheet Cake, The Homesick Texan’s Family Table has you covered. After all, with some mighty fine food and mighty fine people to enjoy it, any meal can be cause for celebration.
MY THOUGHTS: 3 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
I appreciate cookbooks that don’t have a ton of unattainable ingredients, because I live in a small town and would have to travel far from my tiny grocery store to get them. The recipes in this book might have a LOT of ingredients, but for the most part they are easily gotten.
There are recipes that you already know and love, like Chicken Spaghetti, and there are some familiar favorites that are given a Texas twist, like Jalapeno Cornbread Sticks.
One thing to know is, don’t get this cookbook if you don’t like things spicy. Nearly every recipe contains a pepper of some kind, and there is even a lengthy section on the beginning to teach you about the different kinds of peppers and how to handle them. I guess you could omit the peppers if you wanted…but that means eliminating a lot of the flavor too!
As a Louisiana girl I do like my food with a kick, so this book was a nice get for me. The inclusion of similar ingredients in many recipes makes it a bit one note at times, though. I am looking forward to making my own Texas Sheet Cake!