Here are a few of our favorite Texas cookbooks offering a wide variety of Texas cuisine including homestyle cooking, elegant bed and breakfast recipes, cowboy cooking, barbecue secrets and Tex-Mex favorites.


Texas Home Cooking

This cookbook not only has great recipes, it has invaluable tips and interesting comments on Texas culinary history and culture. The recipes are not fancy, and the book offers more than 400 recipes from every region of Texas. Includes Texas classics recipes for “real” barbeque, lots of chili, Tex-Mex favorites, chicken fried steak and other cowboy fare.

This cookbook covers breakfasts, desserts, Super Bowl menus; and in between are lots of meat dishes, relishes and side dishes.


Texas Cooking: It’s A Whole Other Cuisine!

Texas Cooking is both a cookbook and a travel guide, featuring gorgeous photographs and unforgettable recipes from every region of the state. This book is filled with recipes from some of the most famous and respected chefs in Texas. Contributors include famous Texans such as Tracy Byrd, Barbara and Laura Bush, Bill Moyers, Grady Spears and more. Every state has its own way, and its own history of preparing its foods. This is Texas cooking, reflecting home-made, hand-me-down recipes from generations past, delectable recipes from many of the state’s top restaurants and new Southwest-style recipes from some of the nation’s most famous and respected Texas chefs.


Legends of Texas Barbecue Cookbook Recipes and Recollections from the Pit Bosses

A practical cookbook and a guided tour of Texas barbecue lore, giving readers straightforward advice right from the pit masters themselves. Their time-honored tips, along with 85 closely guarded recipes, reveal a lip-smacking feast of smoked meats, savory side dishes, and an awesome array of mops, sauces, and rubs. Their opinions are outspoken, their stories outlandish and hilarious. Fascinating archival photography looks back over more than 100 years of barbecue history, from the first turn of the century roasts to candid shots of Lyndon Johnson chowing down on a plate of ribs. A list of the best barbecue joints and a month-by-month rundown of the most influential statewide cook-offs round out this glorious celebration of barbecue found deep in the heart of Texas.


Texas Ties: Recipes and Remembrances – A Junior League of North Harris County cookbook

This festive cookbook offers something for everyone, from gourmet to everyday cooking. Triple-tested recipes in easy to follow format, cooking tips, menu suggestions, heartwarming essays, anecdotes, and photographs.

Homestyle recipes that are easy to make and delicious including White Texas Sheet Cake, Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes, Black Bean Salad, Raspberry and Spinach Salad, Best Banana Pudding and more!


The Tex-Mex CookbookThe Tex-Mex Cookbook – A History in Recipes and Photos

Nobody knows Tex-Mex cooking like Houstonian Robb Walsh, who has spent much of his career researching the vibrant Mexican-American and Texan kitchen. Now he shares all the savory details in a comprehensive Tex-Mex book, filled with outsize characters, fascinating stories, rare archival photographs, and of course great recipes. Recipes include tacos, enchiladas and authentic Texas chili, as well as fajitas, nachos and Frito pie. Upscale contemporary selections such as Wild Mushroom Chalupas and Prickly Pear Margaritas bring this western saga up-to-the-minute.


The Texas Cowboy Kitchen – Recipes from the Chisholm Club

With 100 recipes inspired by an unforgettable era of horseback heroes, this cookbook is beautiful with historic photos of cowboys and Texas. Cowboy cook Grady Spears captures the hearty food, and the romance of the famous Chisholm Trail where cowboys drove cattle over 130 years ago. The recipes come from Grady’s restaurant, the Chisholm Club, but they are very home cook-friendly. And lots of Texas favorites, like an updated version of Frito Pie with venison chili.


Texas Bed & Breakfast Cookbook 
From the Warmth & Hospitality of 70 Texas B&B’s, Country Inns & Guest Ranches

Owners and chefs from Texas B & B’s, Guest Ranches and Country Inns share their most requested, award winning recipes, many with make ahead or time saving tips. This cookbook features 160 delicious recipes for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and sweets. Sprinkled among the recipes are B & B travel information & map, humorous anecdotes and comments. There are historic ranch houses, log cabins, country manors, Victorians, old hotels and cottages.