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Angelina LaRue is author of The Whole Enchilada: Fresh and Nutritious Southwestern Cuisine (Pelican Publishing, 2015).
LaRue writes two weekly food columns, “Food Made Fresh” and “Food Bytes,” which focus on food experiences, recipes, and travel. Her columns are featured in Lubbock Magazine, Lubbock (TX) Avalanche-Journal, and the Idalou (TX) Beacon. She also maintains a food blog on which she posts her tested recipes.
Terry Thompson-Anderson, with photos by Sandy Wilson
311 pages, 8 x 10, 123 color photos, $35.00
Reviewed by Angelina LaRue
Terry Thompson-Anderson has the ability to reach deep in the heart of Texans and know just what folks want to eat . . . and cook. Her masterful cookbooks hit the spot every time. Thompson-Anderson’s latest offering serves up breakfast in a big Texas way but with lots of variety. And not to worry, if it’s libations you’re looking for, there are plenty of lovely ways to quench your thirst as well.
The section on party ideas and menus ranges from fun teenage sleepover food to an elegant Mother’s Day brunch. Breakfast in Texas is a superb resource for planning everything from Sunday breakfast to all your special occasions.
This is one to put on your countertop and use on a regular basis, unlike some cookbooks we tuck away and pull out for one or two recipes. I can see I’ll be using this book to cook many meals for my husband and me, and I can hardly wait to crack it open next time my kids are home for a visit, or for our next big brunch with my brother’s family.
The Cinnamon-Spiced Waffles are one of our favorites. Incorporating egg whites makes for a fluffy, light waffle. And I don’t know a single Texan (or anyone else for that matter) who wouldn’t want to devour the Spicy Candied Bacon. There are thoughtfully developed vegan recipes in the book as well.
My kitchen had the aroma of a fresh bakery or a Hill Country bed-and-breakfast when I tried some of the recipes. It was the kind of enticing scent that would pull a person right out of bed and straight to the breakfast table.
These recipes aren’t just for breakfast, either. They are perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. And who doesn’t like a little breakfast for a late night supper?
As you turn the pages of Breakfast in Texas, you will experience the talent that photographer Sandy Wilson has for capturing the true essence of real Texas food. Each image is absolutely stunning and will have your mouth watering.
As author and photographer trekked across Texas, recipes and stories were collected to add to Terry’s own scrumptious creations. In fact, I feel as though I am now privy to some the state’s most treasured secret recipes from places like the Driskill Hotel in Austin, and Otto’s German Bistro in Fredericksburg.
The German, Czech, and Mexican influences in the book represent a sampling of the rich, diverse Texas heritage Thompson-Anderson weaves into each chapter.
Take a little time to enjoy the most important meal of the day, and savor Breakfast in Texas.
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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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