At the recent Foodways Texas Symposium, I was fortunate enough to speak during a panel discussion about the business of cookbooks in Texas with Lisa Fain and Kate Payne. They are both successful published book authors. Lisa is The Homesick Texan. Kate is The Hip Girl, as in The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking and The Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen. I am just Kelly, a gal neck deep in cookbooks. And I like talking about them.
My emphasis at the discussion was community cookbooks, which are my favorites. And, in fact, both Lisa and Kate’s books are much in the spirit of the original community cookbooks in that they are quite like sharing recipes and tips and ideas and stories with friends. I’m not much on celebrity driven fare. I like a good story.