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 and California peach grower Mas Masumoto are among the contributors to 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.” Emmer & Rye is hosting a three-course brunch with Bittman at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Tickets cost $150 and include a copy of the book.
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. Following its Bittman brunch on Saturday, Emmer & Rye is hosting Simmons for a three-course brunch at 11 a.m. on Sunday before her book festival session.
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.