The Big Bend Cookbook


Early settlers of the Big Bend honed a culture of self-reliance, resilience and creativity. Today, this is reflected in the diverse art, music and cuisine of the area that draw visitors undeterred by its isolation. Though sparsely populated, Big Bend is home to nationally acclaimed restaurants and chefs, as well as generations' worth of family recipes. Travel town by town and plate by plate in this culinary and cultural tour through the Big Bend. Indulge in a slice of jalapeno chocolate cake from Lajitas. Taste the way Big Bend Brewery's beer makes beef stew irresistible. Take a bite of an innovated classic with the rich pistachio fried steak in Marfa. From barbecued cabrito in Marathon and pozole in Fort Davis to adventures foraging in the desert, savor a part of Texas unlike any other. Author Tiffany Harelik guides the journey with interviews, history and, of course, recipes.

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Press Reviews

Austin American Statesman: Food Matters: New cookbook explores foodways of Big Bend by Addie Broyles. "As with most books about food culture, “Big Bend Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of West Texas” (The History Press, $24.99) is as much about the people who are carrying on the food traditions as the traditions themselves. We learn about how the couple behind Fat Lyle’s food truck in Marfa make it through the slow winter season and what it’s like running a historic hotel in Alpine. Harelik compiles both the recipes and the stories in a way that will make your fingers itch to grab that steering wheel and head west..."

Houston Chronicle: Falling under the spell of the Big Bend atmosphere by Joe Holley: "Tiffany Harelik (rhymes with garlic) wakes up every morning in a rented house on the outskirts of Marathon to a view of the Glass Mountains, an ancient reef structure that formed 200 million years ago. The 33-year-old UT-Austin grad describes herself as a country girl even though she's a fourth-generation Austinite..."

Lonestar Literary Life: The Big Bend Cookbook is a lush love letter to the remote and wildly beautiful region in southwest Texas by Rashda Kahn. "The recipes in this book are as varied as the people who contributed them and shared their stories. There are Texas classics like chili, chicken fried steak, cabrito (goat), and brisket. You’ll also find recipes that reflect the adventurous spirit of the contributors, such as Crispy Fried Brussel Sprouts Haystack, Bibimbap with Ghetto Gochujang (a Texas take on the Korean classic), and Jalapeno Chocolate Cake...

"The book is also very practical. Harelik has included sections about what to do in the Big Bend area, foraging for native and wild ingredients in the region, camping and hiking, and wildlife and hunting. I really enjoyed and appreciated the tips about where to eat, must-see sights, and popular activities the author included in each chapter focused on the different communities in the region..."

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