Online star and local cookbook author Hilah Johnson has spent several years building an online audience for her popular web series, "Hilah Cooking," and last month, she debuted a new YouTube show, "Hilah’s Texas Kitchen."
For "Texas Kitchen," Johnson is visiting grapefruit farms in the Rio Grande Valley, shrimping families in Port Aransas and other food-centric people and places in the state to give her viewers a taste of the myriad facets to Texas cuisine, which isn’t just about barbecue (although the first episode does learn some tricks to replicating those irresistible beef ribs at Black’s Barbecue in Lockhart).
The 12-episode run began June 6 and will continue through this summer. In 2011, Johnson got a huge boost after she was named one of 15 YouTube’s Next Chefs. The personable host, who produces the shows with her husband Christopher Sharpe, has also published four cookbooks, including the most recent, "Learn to Cook," which teaches beginner and intermediate cooks how to craft simple, low-cost meals.
You can watch "Hilah’s Texas Kitchen" or find her books on her website, hilahcooking.com.