Here’s the schedule of food, cooking authors coming to the Texas Book Festival
The Texas Book Festival is just a few days away.
If you’re hoping to catch some of the cookbook authors coming to town this week, here’s a look at the food and cooking authors who will be in attendance and any related events they are hosting.
At 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Central Market Cooking Tent, located on 11th Street on the south side of the Capitol, Terry Thompson-Anderson will talk about her latest book, “ Breakfast in Texas,” with Texas Monthly’s Patricia Sharpe.
The Austin-based social justice activist Raj Patel teamed up with California peach grower Mas Masumoto to compile a new book called “ Letters to a Young Farmer” that they’ll discuss at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Capitol Extension Room E2.012.
Mexican ice cream will be the subject of a session at 11:45 a.m. in the Cooking Tent on Saturday with Fany Gerson, the New York City-based pastry chef who has written a number of books about Mexican desserts. Gerson will have another presentation in Spanish at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Ahora Si tent.
What is American food? That’s a mighty question that a new book called “ America: The Cookbook” tries to unpack. Several of the book’s contributors will be at the cooking tent at 1 p.m. Saturday to talk about this new megabook from Phaidon.
“Homesick Texan” author Lisa Fain will talk about her new “ Queso” cookbook at 2:15 p.m. Saturday, followed by a session at 3:30 p.m. with Sarah Penrod, author of “ Cookin’ With the Urban Cowgirl.” (Fain will stop by BookPeople at 7 p.m. Thursday for her book signing event with Edible Austin.)
Sunday’s events kick off at 11 a.m. with Julia Turshen, the esteemed cookbook author whose new book, “ Feed the Resistance,” talks about how food can be integral to an activist movement.
I’m interviewing Mark Bittman at 12:15 p.m. Sunday about the 10th anniversary edition of his book, “ How to Cook Everything: Vegetarian.”
At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Austin restaurateurs Tom Moorman and Larry McGuire will talk about their new book, “ Elizabeth Street Cafe,” which features French-Vietnamese recipes from the popular South Austin eatery.
“Top Chef” judge Gail Simmons is coming out with her first cookbook this year. It’s called “ Bringing It Home: Favorite Recipes from a Life of Adventurous Eating,” and she’ll discuss it at 2:45 p.m. Sunday in the Cooking Tent.
Simmons also has a public event at Lake Austin Spa, 1705 S. Quinlan Park Road, at 5:30 p.m. Sunday that will feature wine, cheese and a book signing with Simmons, who is also teaching a private cooking class for spa guests the following day. The event costs $30, which does not include the cost of the book. You can find tickets at lakeaustin.com.