The Mansion on Turtle Creek—the winner of James Beard, Forbes Five-Star, and AAA Five-Diamond Awards—is a luxury resort in Dallas that houses one of the finest restaurants in the country. This book allows visitors and home cooks everywhere to learn how to re-create its signature dishes, from accessible favorites such as tortilla soup and turtle pie to refined showstoppers like grilled gulf snapper with tomatillo-serrano vinaigrette and roasted rib eye with gorgonzola fritters.
Royalty, rock stars, presidents, athletes, and visitors from all over the world have been lured to this 1920s-era Italianate villa by a confident and intelligent menu that has never been traditional in concept or execution. The restaurant gained renown in the 1980s when chef Dean Fearing took a regional cliché—Tex-Mex food—and transformed it into an appreciation of fresh, local ingredients. New Southwestern cuisine was born, and it went on to revolutionize American fine dining. This tradition of culinary excellence thrives today at the Mansion, with the current chef Bruno Davaillon whose past work earned a Michelin star. This book profiles how a regional cooking style has been refined to the highest art through a world-class resort restaurant.
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About the Author
Helen Thompson was a food writer at Texas Monthly and an editor at Metropolitan Home. Her articles have appeared in Elle Décor, Men’s Journal, Architectural Digest, Traditional Home, and Veranda. Dean Fearing, a Beard award winner for Best Chef in the Southwest, was the chef at the Mansion on Turtle Creek for over twenty years and is now the chef and partner at Fearing’s Restaurant in Dallas. He has received accolades in such publications as Esquire, the New York Times, Newsweek, Food & Wine, and Texas Monthly.