• Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    Cookbook Review: Open Up Your Pantry With The Chopped Cookbook

    You don't necessarily need crazy ingredients to make a delicious meal. Although the hit Food Network reality competition, "Chopped," uses a multitude of out-of-the-box foods like goat brains, hibiscus flowers in syrup and preserved duck eggs, The Chopped Cookbook helps you put a restaurant-quality m ... More >>

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    May 6, 2014

    Cookbook Review: Everything a Man Needs to Know About Cooking But Was Afraid to Ask

    There are a number of cookbooks out there catering to the male sensibilities. Daniel Duane's How to Cook Like a Man is part memoir, part instruction manual. Then there's simply, Cook Like A Man: The Ultimate Cookbook for the Modern Gentleman, Esquire Magazine's Eat Like a Man, The Stag Cook Book and ... More >>

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    April 28, 2014

    Cookbook Review: Smokin' in the Boys' Room Proves Women Have BBQ Chops

    Traditionally, barbecue has been considered a man's game. While the women stay in the kitchen and cook, the men gather 'round the barbecue and, with much fanfare and fire, cook the meat for dinner. It's a little primal and a little sexist, but we let it slide cause it's tradition. Melissa Cookston ... More >>

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    April 25, 2014

    5 Best Reality-Show Inspired Cookbooks

    Reality television. You don't love it. You don't hate it. You either love to hate it or hate to love it. And, sometimes, it makes you want to cook. Many reality TV personalities have created their own signature food and beverages and some show even have entire theme cookbooks. (I know, hard to beli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    Texas Hill Country Cuisine Defined and Made Doable

    New Mexican cuisine is a thing. It evokes thoughts of Hatch green chiles and blue corn. California cooking is on the healthy side, with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients. The Midwest is known for its meat and potatoes, the Gulf Coast its seafood. But when I saw the new cookbook entitled Texa ... More >>

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    March 21, 2014

    The History of Backstreet Cafe as Told Through Seasonal Recipes

    "Thirty years ago, I took one huge leap of faith that completely changed the course of my life forever, and with it the course of many other lives. Thirty years ago, I opened Backstreet Cafe." Thus begins restaurateur Tracy Vaught's introduction to Backstreet Kitchen: Seasonal Recipes from Our Neig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Rombauer and Beard: Their Words Belong on Your Shelf

    Joy of Cooking is one of the most influential cookbooks of all time, but there's a surprise about the author.

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    February 6, 2014
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    February 5, 2014

    Paula Deen's Son is Coming to Houston, and He Wants You To Buy His New Book

    Bobby Deen is coming to Houston, and he's excited about it. "I love Houston!" he enthused over the telephone. "I have friends in Houston and I love it -- I love Texas! I was just in Houston a few months ago, in fact, and had a lot of fun." Tickets are on sale now for Deen's February 12 appearance ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Book Review: Giada de Laurentiis Shares Her Secrets for Healthy Eating

    Giada de Laurentiis released her newest cookbook, Giada's Feel Good Food, in November 2013, and it doesn't focus on Italian food. You've probably wondered, how does someone who makes heavy pasta dishes and adores chocolate look like she does. I've often wondered this same exact thought. De Laurentii ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    The Eating Our Words Library: 10 Essential Cookbooks Everyone Should Own and Use

    Here at EOW, we take our food seriously. We write about all things culinary every day, and for the most part that passion was born in the kitchen. Whether you dabble with molecular gastronomy or are slowly learning your way around a burner or grill, you all share the same quest for culinary knowledg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Cordúa Family's Food and History Come to Life on the Pages

    The Cordúa family recently released their first cookbook after more than 25 years in the Houston restaurant industry. It's the product of years of recipe development melding the food of Nicaragua with the melting pot of Houston cultures. The Cordúa patriarch, Michael Cordúa, is credited with bri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Foolproof Thanksgiving Cooking Class, An Award-Winning Risotto, and Gingerbread Doghouse Benefit

    It's not too late to learn how to make a great Thanksgiving meal. Sur la Table will host several Thanksgiving cooking classes centered around recipes from the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten. On Sunday, November 24, the Houston River Oaks location will host a class from 2:30-5:30 p.m. for $95 per pers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    MetroCooking Houston Features Paula Deen, Her Sons & More

    It's the first time Paula Deen will make a cooking demonstration-public appearance since early this summer when those nasty racism allegations surfaced, but it's not the first time she has appeared in The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertainment Houston Show. This weekend at Reliant Stadium, Paula Deen ... More >>

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    September 6, 2013

    The Southern Tailgating Cookbook Helps Satisfy All Your Culinary Tailgate Needs

    Food photographer Taylor Mathis has spent the last three football seasons right in the thick of all the rivalry and school spirit, but he's only been to one game. Instead of watching college athletes toss around the pigskin, Mathis joins tailgaters in eating pig skin. And gumbo. And ribs. And just a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Houston Food Trucks Now Have Very Own Cookbook in National Series

    I just got my hands on a copy of the Trailer Food Diaries Cookbook: Houston Edition, Volume 1 here in the office, and good luck getting anything useful out of me the rest of the day. Now I can't wait for 6 p.m. when I can go home and try some of the recipes! Austin-based author and food truck-lover ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    Fans Still Support Paula Deen, Bringing Her Cookbooks to No. 1 on

    During the afternoon of Friday, June 28, Paula Deen's upcoming cookbook, Paula Deen's New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes All Lightened Up, to be available in October, was No. 1 on in the Best Sellers in Books section, followed by her previous cookbook, Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    MasterChef 3 Winner Christine Ha Wows Crowd at Brazos Bookstore

    Well, it appears I'm not Christine Ha's only stalker huge fan here in Houston. Last night, the MasterChef Season 3 winner spoke to a full house at Brazos Bookstore, promoting and signing copies of her cookbook, Recipes from my Home Kitchen. By 6:30 p.m., most seats were full, and by the time Ha too ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 23, 2013

    The 10 Best Downtown Restaurants

    More than tunnels and tourist traps.

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    May 15, 2013

    Top 5 Cookbooks for Recent Graduates

    The end of May is approaching, meaning that graduation season has begun. Many high school and college graduates will soon be on their own and no longer under the wings of their parents, which means that they must provide for themselves. Every parent wants to know that their child is feeding themselv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Historic Cookbooks for the Modern Cook: Andrews McMeel Republishing Vintage Favorites in Print and eBook Form

    The moment I opened a thick, brown envelope this week and saw its contents, my heart skipped. Two jewel-toned books slipped out of the package. With hardy, fabric-covered hardcovers and gold trim on the edges of their pages, these were no ordinary cookbooks. They reminded me vividly of the first tim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    Julie & Julia Redux: Top 5 Cookbooks I'd Work My Way Through Besides MtAoFC

    I admit, I've got a bit of a copycat streak in me. When I first read Julie and Julia , I was so intrigued with the project I wanted to try it myself. (Me and one million other foodies. Here's hoping Powell believes imitation is the sincerest form of flattery). But I would repeat with a difference: ... More >>

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    November 30, 2012

    Smitten and Barefoot: Our Top 5 Cookbooks for Christmas

    I have a confession to make: I am a cookbook-aholic. I absolutely love reading and collecting cookbooks. Sometimes I like to sit in Barnes & Noble and read through all of the new cookbooks displayed in the food section of the store. I love the pictures, I love the author's story behind each recipe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    Cooking Notes: The 5 Most Unnecessary Musical Cookbooks

    This past week, international superstars and hard rock musical auteurs Smash Mouth announced that they were bestowing down upon us a cookbook from the heavens, which would give us some All Star recipes. You may have your doubts, but these recipes will have you Walkin' on the Sun and saying "I'm a Be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    In Italy, Make Sure Your Silver Spoon Is a Measuring Spoon and Kid-Size

    If The Silver Spoon cookbook is the bible of Italian cooking, then The Silver Spoon for Children is the Sunday school reader of Italian cooking for kids. The Silver Spoon for Children takes 40 recipes from the original The Silver Spoon, adapting them so they are very easy to read, follow and cook. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    Lunch with Marcus Samuelsson Provides a Sneak Peek at Pass and Provisions

    "You're going to have a great restaurant in your community," Marcus Samuelsson said to a roomful of smiling guests last Thursday afternoon at the Milam House. The bonafide celebrity chef from New York City -- he of the three Michelin star Aquavit and the President-approved Red Rooster in Harlem -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    How to Spend $1,000 on Cookbooks in an Afternoon: Go to Vegas

    Get off the Strip, allow yourself three to four hours and go before gambling at Amber Unicorn Books. One of the best used bookstores in the Las Vegas Valley, Amber Unicorn has, at any given time, more than 200,000 books on hand, of which 16,000 are cookbooks. Amber Unicorn is a little, unassuming ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    The 5 Sexiest Celebrity Chefs: Ladies Edition

    We've taken a look at the Sexiest Men in the Kitchen (meatballs, anyone?). Now, it's the ladies time to turn up the heat. Check out the Top 5 Hottest Female Chefs: 5. Nadia Giosia As in, "Nadia G." As in, the wild and slightly psychotic Italian but Canadian-born chef, singer, and host of Nadia G' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    The Texas Chefs Hall of Fame: 1981 and Now

    Assistant music editor Craig Hlavaty recently purchased a 1981 edition of The Genuine Texas Handbook, a guide to all things Texan. It's an often-tongue-in-cheek look at the people, places, outfits, songs, foods and more that made someone Texan 31 years ago. Incidentally, the book and I are the same ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012

    Mr. Sunday's Saturday Night Chicken: It's Just Chicken, But Oh, What a Chicken

    Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday is a politico who loves his chicken. His wife, Lorraine, has written two cookbooks, Mr. Sunday's Soups and Mr. Sunday's Saturday Night Chicken, based on Wallace's love of routine. His motto is "change is overrated." He wants a quiet evening at home the Saturday befo ... More >>

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    June 22, 2012

    Ripe: Crayola Wishes It Could Make These Colors

    Crayola can't make these colors, but we can eat them. The unique cookbook Ripe approaches fruits and vegetables in a way we haven't seen before. Pick a color, any color, and you can find it in the book and then at your local market. Author Cheryl Sternman Rule and photographer Paulette Phlipot arra ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    June 7, 2012

    God Knows Why, But You Can Now Buy Game of Thrones and True Blood Cookbooks

    I am the last person in America to have neither watched nor read Game of Thrones and/or True Blood. I'm not being willful about this; I just don't have cable. And my patience for campy vampire TV shows ran out with the cancellation of Moonlight and season 5 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Anyway, I'm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Romanesque Roots with an American Family: Giada De Laurentiis

    Her lineage destined her for culinary aspirations, but education and hard work put her on your television screen, on the covers of books and magazines and, most deliciously, on your dinner plate. Giada De Laurentiis was in Houston April 3 to publicize her new cookbook, Weeknights with Giada and drew ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    Incredible Medibles: The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook, Part 2

    The one thing that The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook doesn't tell you is that making medibles is a smelly process. Measurements in the brand-new cookbook are accurate if disjointed -- going from ounces to grams to cups in one recipe, for example -- and the recipes are reliably good. Many of ... More >>

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    March 14, 2012

    Incredible Medibles: The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook, Part 1

    "Ancient people almost exclusively ate their cannabis, saving seeds for food, and using the resinous flowers for medicinal, recreational, and spiritual use," the introduction to the new The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook tells us in its fascinating introduction to humanity's long history of e ... More >>

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    December 14, 2011

    The Top 10 Cookbooks of 2011: Texas Edition

    ​This is neither a list of the all-time best cookbooks of the year, nor is it a list of the best Texan cookbooks of the year. It's a combination of both. Because odds are that if you're giving a cookbook as a gift this year, it's either going to be to a fellow Texan or because you're a Texan l ... More >>

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    November 29, 2011

    Sugar, Sugar Book Launch and Cooking Class at Central Market on December 5

    I have confessed my lack of kitchen skills to you guys on several occasions, but my one true kitchen talent is baking. I love to bake breads and muffins and cookies, and with the arrival of the holiday season I have already been hard at work testing new recipes. So my baking antennae went up when I ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011
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    November 8, 2011

    Get Lit for the Holidays at Book Signings This Week

    ​It's definitely too early to start putting up Christmas decorations, but it's not too early to start stocking up on presents for the holidays. And although this may just be me, a signed book is always a fantastic gift to open up on Christmas Day or after singing Ma'oz Tzur or however your fam ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Domenica Catelli of Catelli's

    Photo by Matthew DresdenDomenica Catelli, outside her family restaurant in Geyserville, CA.​Yesterday on part one of our chat with Domenica Catelli, we discussed how she left Houston to reopen her family restaurant in Geyserville, California. Today, we discuss her work as a Food Network person ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Racing Rachael: South of the Border

    Carrie Applegate Jaeger​First, my confession...I did it again. I relied on the trusty old cookbook and didn't look at the web versions of these recipes. My apologies for the inconsistencies between the cited recipes and my creations. Regardless of where these recipes are found, they are sti ... More >>

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    May 13, 2011

    Top Five: Ways to Improve Your Cooking, Right Now

    rolandRead cookbooks, be wary of recipes.​I know far too many people who think they can't cook. For some reason, food has this aura of secrecy and magic, as if only the initiated can make it work. Even among people who go through the act of heating ingredients with the goal of winding up with ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011

    Rebecca Lang on Quick-Fix Southern Food and Hand Modeling

    ​Rebecca Lang is a writer and cooking instructor based in Athens, Georgia. She travels the country teaching classes at cooking schools (and also at such places as Williams-Sonoma, Whole Foods and Central Market), and appears regularly in cooking segments on the nationally syndicated show Dayti ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Randy Evans of Haven

    ​That cool restaurant tucked back off Kirby is more than a year old. This week, we speak with Randy Evans, executive chef and partner of Haven and former executive chef at Brennan's, about his past and Haven's present. EOW: Who were your culinary inspirations? RE: Number one, my mom... Her ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011

    Erin Hicks Miller Signs Houston Classic Mexican Recipes

    Photo courtesy of William Jones MillerHicks Miller at her book signing last night.​Erin Hicks Miller was beaming as she put her pen to one bright green book after another at Hugo's last night. It was the first of several book signing parties celebrating the release of her newest cookbook: Hous ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Pat Greer's Raw Vegan Kitchen

    ​Houston chef Patricia Greer radiates a matronly warmth and has a soft, southern twang. It must come naturally, as she's a mother and grandmother; but not only that, a chef, radio host, teacher, seamstress, and founder of her own Raw Vegan Kitchen and the Central City Co-op -- a multitasker, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2008

    Announcing Our "10 Things to Eat Before You Die" Contest Winners

    As you may recall, back before Ike, the Financial Meltdown, and the Vice Presidential Debate, we were having a contest to name 10 Things to Eat Before You Die. We promised to pick some winners and give out some cookbooks. So whether any of the contestants remember the contest or not, we figured we ... More >>

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    April 25, 2007

    But We Thought It Was Duck Season

    Robb Walsh sure is a charmer. He recently had the Homesick Texan in his kitchen, where he cooked the biscuit-loving gal some rabbit stewed in red chile sauce and inspired her to offer up these words about his latest book, The Texas Cowboy Cookbook: A History in Recipes and Photos: If you’ve re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2007

    But We Thought It Was Duck Season

    Robb Walsh sure is a charmer. He recently had the Homesick Texan in his kitchen, where he cooked the biscuit-loving gal some rabbit stewed in red chile sauce and inspired her to offer up these words about his latest book, The Texas Cowboy Cookbook: A History in Recipes and Photos: If you’ve re ... More >>

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