Friday, October 23, 2015

Texas is Chili Country: A Brief History with Recipes ~ ~ ~ ~ Blog Tour Promo*

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Judy Alter

Texans love to eat, and one dish they can’t get enough of is chili—so much so that chili con carne is Texas’s state meal. This seemingly simple staple of Texan identity proves to be anything but, however. Beans or no beans? Beef, pork, or turkey? From a can or from scratch?

Texas Is Chili Country is a brief look at the favored fare—its colorful history, its many incarnations, and the ways it has spread both across the country and the world. The history includes chuckwagon chili, the chili queens of San Antonio, the first attempts at canned chili, the development of chili societies and the subsequent rivalries between them, and the rise of chili cook-offs.

And what would a book about chili be without recipes? There are no-fat recipes, vegan recipes, and recipes from Mexican-American cooks who have adapted this purely American food. Some have been tried, but many are taken on faith. Recipes are included from state celebrities such as Ladybird Johnson, Governor Ma Ferguson, and chili king Frank Tolbert.


Judy Alter retired from Texas Christian University Press after thirty years, twenty of them as director. At the same time she developed her own writing career, focusing primarily on women of the American West. Now she writes fiction and nonfiction for all ages. She lives in Fort Worth.

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Check out these other great blog stops on the tour! 

Oct 15  The Crazy Booksellers promo
Oct 16  Books and Broomsticks Guest Post or Promo
Oct 17  My Book Fix promo
Oct 19  Texas Book Lover  promo
Oct 21  The Page Unbound  promo
Oct 22  A Novel Reality - Guest Post or Promo
Oct 23  Hall Ways promo 
Oct 24  Missus Gonzo review
Oct 26  Belle Whittington - Author Q&A
Oct 28  Texas Book-aholic review
Oct 29  Book Crazy Gals promo

*NOTE FROM KRISTINE at HALL WAYS: The content of this promo post was provided by Lone Star Literary Life Blog Tours.  If you're a Texas blogger interested in joining the ranks of Texas Book Blog Tours, contact Tabatha Pope

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