When you're a cookbook nerd, every month is a good month to dig into cookbooks.
But to celebrate Texas cookbooks, the Central Library's Cookbook Cafe, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St., is hosting a monthlong celebration, including special dinners and chef demos, that starts today.
The first annual Texas Cookbook Month runs through the end of October and highlights the restaurant's Virginia B. Wood Memorial Cookbook Collection. During the kick-off celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight, guests can browse the 500 books from Wood, the longtime food editor of the Austin Chronicle.
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On Tuesdays this month, local chefs, including Jesse Griffiths of Dai Due and Cookbook chef Drew Curren, will host free cooking demonstrations and Q&As. On Thursdays, the restaurant will host a "meet the maker" event with local distilleries, wineries, cideries and breweries in Central Texas.
The month of programming will close on October 28 with a one-year birthday party for Austin Central Library. You can find a full schedule and details at cookbookatx.com.