The Homesick Texan Cookbook

The Homesick Texan Cookbook

by Lisa Fain


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When Lisa Fain, a seventh-generation Texan, moved to New York City, she missed the big sky, the bluebonnets in spring, Friday night football, and her family's farm. But most of all, she missed the foods she'd grown up with.

After a fruitless search for tastes of Texas in New York City, Fain took matters into her own hands. She headed into the kitchen to cook for her friends the Tex-Mex, the chili, and the country comfort dishes that reminded her of home. From cheese enchiladas drowning in chili gravy to chicken-fried steak served with cream gravy on the side, from warm bowls of chile con queso to big pots of fiery chili made without beans, Fain re-created the wonderful tastes of Texas she'd always enjoyed at potlucks, church suppers, and backyard barbecues back home.

In 2006, Fain started the blog Homesick Texan to share Texan food with fellow expatriates, and the site immediately connected with readers worldwide, Texan and non-Texan alike. Now, in her long-awaited first cookbook, Fain brings the comfort of Texan home cooking to you.

Like Texas itself, the recipes in this book are varied and diverse, all filled with Fain's signature twists. There's Salpicón, a cool shredded beef salad found along the sunny border in El Paso; Soft Cheese Tacos, a creamy plate unique to Dallas; and Houston-Style Green Salsa, an avocado and tomatillo salsa that is smooth, refreshing, and bright. There are also nibbles, such as Chipotle Pimento Cheese and Tomatillo Jalapeño Jam; sweet endings, such as Coconut Tres Leches Cake and Mexican Chocolate Chewies; and fresh takes on Texan classics, such as Coffee-Chipotle Oven Brisket, Ancho Cream Corn, and Guajillo-Chile Fish Tacos.

With more than 125 recipes, The Homesick Texan offers a true taste of the Lone Star State. So pull up a chair-everyone's welcome at the Texas table!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401324261
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 09/13/2011
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 159,315
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 - 12 Years

About the Author

Lisa Fain is a seventh-generation Texan; her formative years were spent on the outskirts of Houston, with crude-oil tanks and barbecue stands nearby; her summers were spent outside Dallas, driving a tractor, picking black-eyed peas, and shucking corn at her grandparents' farm. At the age of 25, she moved to Manhattan for work. In 2005, she began the Homesick Texan website, which has won many awards and has grown to 175,000 unique visitors per month. This is her first book.

What People are Saying About This

Robb Walsh

"The sometimes funny and sometimes poignant memories of this seventh-generation Texan pining for the cooking of her homeland bring The Homesick Texan Cookbook to life. Lisa Fain's move to Manhattan has given Texans everywhere a great new resource for surefire recipes and Lone Star lore." (Robb Walsh, author of Legends of Texas Barbecue Cookbook and The Tex-Mex Cookbook)

Rebecca Rather

"Written with equal parts humor and tenderness, Lisa Fain's book makes it easy to imagine your kitchen lies deep in the heart of Texas. Her enticing recipes for a wealth of toothsome Texas favorites prove once and for all that nothing soothes the homesick soul like good old Texas cooking." (Rebecca Rather, author of Pastry Queen Parties)

Ed Levine

"You don't have to be a homesick Texan to appreciate Lisa Fain's evocative, unpretentious prose and her accompanying seriously delicious (and easy to make) recipes." (Ed Levine, founder,

Michael Ruhlman

"Finally, the voice and the down-home Texas cooking I love on the Homesick Texan blog is now between hard covers! Lisa Fain has an original voice, and I love her food—completely accessible, honest, and delicious." (Michael Ruhlman, author of Ratio and The Elements of Cooking)

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The Homesick Texan Cookbook 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Hometownulysses More than 1 year ago
As a "Homesick Texan" myself (originally from San Antonio, now in Connecticut) I was a big fan of Ms. Fain's blog. I'm even more excited to have her cookbook. I spent the first day with it flipping through it and savoring the pictures/food/memories. I've only made a few of the recipes so far but I find them complete, relatively easy, and always delicious. My girlfriend is not from Texas, so this is a great chance for me to share the foods I grew up eating with her. I've shared a few recipes with some other Texans I know and we all agree - this stuff is authentic. It's even introduced me to food from other parts of Texas, expanding my appreciation and knowledge of the Lone Star State.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought it for a Christmas gift for my Sister and Brother in law who have been transplanted out of state for several years now and are truly Homesick Texans. While visiting we made several recipes and they were all so good! Love the pictures and the stories too. I will buy another one for myself.
weezielo More than 1 year ago
This is the best book on Tex-mex I have seen. I've made several of the recipes and continue to love everyone. Recipes are easy, ingredients easy to obtain and best of all taste terrific.
AustinJJ More than 1 year ago
It's more than a cookbook, it is a celebration of life, family and, yes, delicious food. When going through it, I just want to try every recipe. For the record, Lisa Fain is my niece, but I'm objective enough to say that this book is superb. Buy it and enjoy!
nytx More than 1 year ago
I am a Yankee (New York) by birth and a Texan by choice. The recipes in this cookbook are more Tex-Mex but have the same flavors and ingredients as the border cuisine of El Paso which is where I live. The book is colorful and the stories that accompany the recipes help to connect you to the author and her family roots. The recipes are pure Texas comfort food with Lisa Fain's own spin. You don't have to be a Texan to enjoy this cookbook you just have to be someone who loves good food.
Sheltie More than 1 year ago
Looking it over instantly made me recall my two years in San Antonio at Lackland Air Force Base, and my gradudation from Officer Training School there. Good Texas-style food is hard to come by commercially in New England. now I can make my own
technodiabla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was born and raised in Texas (Dallas) and these dishes are spot on. It's a big state, so there's variety, but The Homesick Texan covers most of it, possibly not enough coverage of the southeast portion-- like adaptations of deep south/Louisiana cooking. I enjoy the commentary on the recipes and have tried 5 recipes so far. They all worked well and ranged from pretty good to delicious. Some of the ingredients are not findable here in Northern California, and I imagine even fewer would be available farther north and east. The pictures are lovely. The best part is that the dishes presented are both downhome and upscale-- they are authentic, not just standard fancy dishes with chipotle added randomly, but they do not call for Velveeta in the queso, there's a nice mix of vegetable dishes along with the meats. I recommend this book to most people who can cook, like spicy food, and can get chiles. You don't have to be Texan to enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was GREAT for another homesick Texan. The photography is beautiful, the writing was interesting, and the recipes were fantastic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommend this cookbook to both Texans and non-Texans. Lisa Fain has captured the recipes perfectly!! This is exactly why I miss Texas. As soon as I go home to Houston for a visit, I go straight to a Tex-Mex restaurant. Now I can make some of the recipes at home in Massachusetts all year long! Very excited to have found out about this cookbook. Thank you!
Richard60 More than 1 year ago
If you are homesick for Texas like me, you must check this book out. I enjoyed every page and recipe.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I preordered this book months so excited! Wonder why its taking so long ti recieve it :o(
cookingthehomesickway More than 1 year ago
Fantastic cookbook.....I hace been looking forward to this one for quite a while! Thank you Lisa for such great food!
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texas2stepbk More than 1 year ago
Lived in Houston for ten years,and LOVE this book.A must for all Homesick Texans and all lovers of Texas Cookin!!!