Appetizers

A big taste of Texas has ridden into town

It might be inconvenient to jet off to Texas for a spread of its legendary ’cue and sides (though definitely worth the trip), but it’s a snap to bring the big flavors of Texas to Sacramento.

The way to do that for only $25 is via the new “United Tastes of Texas: Authentic Recipes From All Corners of the Lone Star State” by Jessica Dupuy (Oxmoor House, 272 pages).

Fourth-generation Texan and food/wine writer Dupuy traveled the state to connect with top pitmasters in five distinct regions and showcase the recipes for their best dishes.

Such as? Well, how about salsas (avocado-mango, tomatillo), slow-smoked brisket, beef ribs, smoked turkey, German sausage (yep, you could look it up), pork stew, red chile pork posole, cheesy enchiladas, Frito pie, black-eyed peas, pecan pie (the pecan is state tree) and many more.

Dupuy’s informative sidebars on techniques, gear and cooking tips will help the home cook get goin’ the Texas way.

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe

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