Breakfast in Texas: Book Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway #LoneStarLit

June 7, 2017 Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews 2 ★★★★½

BREAKFAST IN TEXAS
by
Terry Thompson-Anderson
  Genre: Cookbook / Southwest Cuisine
Publisher: The University of Texas Press
Date of Publication: April 18, 2017
Number of Pages: 312
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Texans love the morning meal, whether it’s bacon and eggs (often eaten in a breakfast taco) or something as distinctively nontraditional as saag paneer omelets, pon haus, or goat curry. A Lone Star breakfast can be a time for eating healthy, or for indulging in decadent food and drink. And with Texas’s rich regional and cultural diversity, an amazing variety of dishes graces the state’s breakfast and brunch tables. The first Texas cookbook dedicated exclusively to the morning meal, Breakfast in Texas gathers nearly one hundred recipes that range from perfectly prepared classics to the breakfast foods of our regional cuisines (Southern, Mexican, German, Czech, Indian, and Asian among them) to stand-out dishes from the state’s established and rising chefs and restaurants.

 

Terry Thompson-Anderson organizes the book into sections that cover breakfast and brunch libations (with and without alcohol); simple, classic, and fancy egg presentations; pancakes, French toast, and waffles; meat lover’s dishes; seafood and shellfish; vegan dishes and sides; and pastries. The recipes reference locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, and Thompson-Anderson provides enjoyable notes about the chefs who created them or the cultural history they represent. She also offers an expert primer on cooking eggs, featuring an encounter with Julia Child, as well as a selection of theme brunches (the boozy brunch, the make-ahead brunch, New Year’s Day brunch, Mother’s Day brunch with seasonal ingredients, teenage daughter’s post-slumber party breakfast, and more). Sandy Wilson’s color photographs of many of the dishes and the chefs and restaurants who serve them provide a lovely visual counterpoint to the appetizing text.

Praise for Breakfast in Texas:
**A James Beard Cookbook Award Finalist**
“Bring a Texas-sized appetite to the table for Breakfast in Texas! A combination of home-style cooking and favorite dishes from restaurants across the great state, Breakfast in Texas is packed with recipes for simple to spectacular egg dishes, creative cocktails, meat lovers’ feasts, and pancakes and pastries, as well as vegan breakfast and brunch ideas. Beautiful photographs, mouth-watering recipes, and great menu and party ideas make this a must-have for your cookbook shelf.”
-Virginia Willis, chef and James Beard Award–winning cookbook author 

“I thoroughly enjoyed Terry Thompson-Anderson’s latest cookbook, Breakfast in Texas. I’m sure many of these recipes are going to become signature dishes for my family, as well as my loyal restaurant customers. Relish every story; enjoy every bite. This cookbook is Texas at the breakfast table.”
-Monica Pope, chef and author of Eat Where Your Food Lives

“Terry Thompson-Anderson’s epic breakfast book spans the cultures of Texas, as well as its regions. With recipes that run from simple to more elaborate, and range from libations to pastries, there’s something for everyone. Plus, Breakfast in Texas is a good read, with all sorts of fascinating information about Texas and its rich and colorful history.”
-Paula Lambert, owner of the Mozzarella Company and author of The Cheese Lover’s Cookbook and Guide

 

 

Review in recipe form today, because why not!
  • 1 Part History
  • 1 Part Interesting Anecdote
  • 1 Part Excellent Research
  • 1 Part Humor

Combine together, add a pinch of ingredients and instructions. Garnish with some amazing photos. In the end, you’ll have an amazing cookbook. In this case, one that focuses on breakfast and brunch, the most important meal of the day, especially in Texas!

Breakfast in Texas is chock full of recipes, a number of which really caught my eye:

    • Migas
    • Churro Waffle (HELLO. CHURRO. WAFFLE.)
    • Scrambled Egg Muffins
    • Breakfast Tacos (which are a staple in my house)
    • Brisket, Bacon, Egg Quesadillas (you can’t go wrong with any of these ingredients. Even better when combined)
    • Hill Country Cinnamon Rolls (the picture alone is mouth-watering!)
    • Even some vegetarian\vegan options (if you are into that)

And for you, readers, I did some research. I testing out the Apple-Raisin Blini recipe, but with strawberries. I’m a rule breaker, what can I say. My photography skills are not up to the standards of Ms. Thompson-Anderson, but here are my Blinis!

More than the recipes, though, I really enjoyed the history lessons and stories which accompany each chapter and recipe. I love the story of Ms. Thompson-Anderson in a hotel buffet line, getting a lesson on scrambling eggs from Julia Child herself. What a great lesson for all of us. Scrambled eggs are an essential breakfast recipe. I also really enjoyed the story of Texas Hill Country Distillers and making seasonal moonshine out of prickly pear cactus. I have a friend who has visited the distiller, and highly recommends them. I was ready to go out and buy some moonshine that I would probably never drink.

My caveats for Breakfast in Texas are these: the recipe portions are (Texas) huge, and clearly intended for a lazy weekend morning, not a rushed weekday. For a small family, the recipes would either need to be cut down while preparing or extras put into the freezer. Instead, I’d recommend inviting all your friends over to brunch on the weekend to enjoy these recipes!

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Breakfast in Texas. 4 1/2 Stars!

 

I received The Heart of a Texas Cowboy free in exchange for my honest review. Thanks to author Terry Thompson-Anderson, University of Texas Press, and Lone Star Book Blog Tours for providing this opportunity.

Terry Thompson-Anderson is the author of nine previous cookbooks, including Texas on the Table: People, Places, and Recipes Celebrating the Flavors of the Lone Star State, which was a finalist for the 2015 James Beard Book Award for American Cooking.


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