Texas Q Cookbook Review

Texas Q Cookbook Review

Title: Texas Q: 100 Recipes for the Very Best Barbecue from the Lone Star State, All Smoke-Cooked to Perfection
Author: Cheryl Jamison
Published: April 28, 2020, Harvard Common Press
No. of Pages: 192
Cover Price: $26.99 Paperback, $14.57 Kindle

Almost everyone would agree that award-winning author, Cheryl Jamison, writes excellent cookbooks, and Texas Q: 100 Recipes for the Very Best Barbecue from the Lone Star State, All Smoke-Cooked to Perfection is certainly no exception. It is an excellent cookbook filled with all sorts of recipes that real people actually want to eat.

There is a chapter on setting up an outdoor kitchen, including equipment, and different grills and smokers that get good results. The chapter isn’t too long, but has the right information for those of us with a busy lifestyle who just want to get it done and go on with our cooking.

The recipes consist of Texas BBQ dishes, and while there are good BBQ dishes throughout the country, Jamison convinces us that the best are served in Texas. The recipes are well-written and easy-to-understand. They don’t call for exotic ingredients that are difficult to find; rather, most of us probably have the ingredients on our pantry shelves already. The book includes appetizers, meats, poultry, and fish dishes, as well as great side dishes and a few desserts. Although the recipes are Texan, according to Jamison, many have influences from all over the world. The delicious Chickpea and Chopped Vegetable Salad is reminiscent of the Middle East, and there is a Mexican Street Corn Salad with definite Mexican nuances. Also included are rubs and sauces that cooks can use to make the dishes their way.

The only downside to this cookbook is that it has a very limited amount of photographs. Most cooks want more, and want to see what the finished dish will look like. Oh well, we can’t have everything. This is a great cookbook with great recipes that turn out right. Highly recommended.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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