Texas Book Festival cooking lineup includes Aaron Franklin, Virginia Willis

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franklinbarbecuebookThe lineup for the 20th annual Texas Book Festival was announced last night, including the authors who will fill the cooking tent during the two-day event October 17 and 18 at the Capitol.

Aaron Franklin’s bestselling “Franklin Barbecue: Meat Smoking Manifesto” will likely draw the largest crowd, but there are lots of other books to get excited about. Southern cooking specialist Virginia Willis will talk about her newest book, “Lighten Up, Y’all: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy and Wholesome.” Also presenting will be Robb Walsh, one of Texas’ foremost authorities on Lone Star cuisine; Cathy Barrow, author of “Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry”; Vianney Rodriguez, a blogger who has written a book about Latin cocktails; Raquel Pelzel, the author of “Toast: The Cookbook”; Cappy Lawton and Chris Waters Dunn, who wrote “Enchiladas: Aztec to Tex-Mex”; and Nora Pouillon, author of “My Organic Life: How a Pioneering Chef Helped Shape the Way We Eat Today.”

In a few weeks, we’ll have a story about Toni Tipton-Martin’s soon-to-release book, “The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks,” and rounding out the book festival lineup are a handful of folks with Food52, including Gena Hamshaw and Sarah Jambolsky, who are publishing Food 52 books on vegan cooking and baking.


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