Texans are a proud lot. They pride themselves on their cuisine, which is really not Southwestern and definitely not Southern, as the second largest state has diverse traditions, cultures and cuisine, and some absolutely delicious food.
Here's a wonderful book with glorious recipes for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah and New Year's. Beautiful photographs, cooking tips, menu ideas and sidebars quoting selected family traditions give the book a warm, personal touch. It's a book to read and enjoy even if you're not the one doing the cooking.
Best of all, most recipes are easy. You'll learn how to roast, smoke and deep-fry turkey along with recipes for making all the trimmings -- from Texas corn bread dressing to Dorothy's no-fail giblet gravy, even the ubiquitous green bean casserole all the way down to pumpkin, pecan and sweet potato pie.
Griffith's book caters to ethnicities. There's a recipe for Tex-Mex hot tamales and flan for the Latino community as well as potato latkes, sweet noodle kugel and rugelach for the Jewish faith. But you certainly don't have to be Hispanic or Jewish to try these recipes -- all tested and ready for becoming your own traditions, too.
There's even a section on making homemade food gifts, a grand way to say "happy holidays" to friends and relatives with a personal touch. Spicy pecans, Lone Star caviar and Texas trash are among the festive recipes.
Don't miss this book. It's the perfect companion for the holidays.