Celebrate Books, Authors, and Food


For those who like to read, write, and eat this weekend is made for you, because this weekend is the 16th annual Texas Book Festival in Austin, and included in this year's distinguished line-up of authors, are some of our favorite multi-talented chefs and authors who will show off what they do best at the state capitol and in our cooking school all weekend.

The festival will get off to a quick start on Saturday morning, October 27th, with lots to see and do, but we have a few special guests visiting the cooking school prior to the official festival start.

On Thursday, October 25, join 2012 James Beard finalist Chef Hugo Ortega in this exploration of vibrant, traditional Mexican street food. Enjoy Chef Ortega’s stories while sampling tlacoyos, aguachile, and gaznates. Then, on Friday, October 26, spend an evening enjoying Kevin Gillespie’s southern charm, passion for food and witty stories. Author of Fire in My Belly and a Top Chef fan favorite, Kevin’s inspiring message is that "cooking is figuring out the great qualities of any food and making those qualities shine."  

After a few busy days in the cooking school, visit the Central Market Cooking Tent located right in front of the Capitol on the corner of 11th and Congress Ave. The schedule for the weekend at the tent includes:
 
Saturday, October 27th
  • 10:00 - 11:00 - Hugo Ortega shows you how to make the street foods of Mexico.
  • 11:30 - 12:30 - Diane Morgan gets back to your roots during this demo on root vegetables.
  • 1:00 - 2:00 - Naomi Duguid reveals the flavorful foods of Burma
  • 2:30 - 3:30 Liz Gutman & Jen King will share the secrets of making scrumptious candy in your own kitchen.
  • 4:00 - 5:00 - Jesse Griffiths shares his knowledge of hunting, dressing, and cooking wild game
Sunday, October 28th
  • 11:00 - 12:00 - Bill & Claire Wurtzel demonstrate how to make fun, nutritious breakfasts for your young, picky eaters 
  • 12:30 - 1:30 - Robb Walsh cooks some mouth-watering Texas heritage recipes.
  • 2:00 - 3:00 - Bruce Aidells tells you everything you need to know about meat.
  • 3:30 - 4:30 - Scott Roberts and Jessica Dupuy share some of the secrets of Texas' beloved Salt Lick barbecue
Full schedule of events is available at the Texas Book Festival website.

And finally, if you have any more room in your brain or belly, join us on Sunday evening in the cooking school to welcome trendsetter Naomi Duguid as she leads a non-traditional class devoted to the food and culture of Burma, which has only recently opened to tourists after a half-century of seclusion. The esteemed world traveler and author of the award-winning cookbook, Hot Sour Salty Sweet, will unveil this exotic country, its food, and its flavors through traditional Burmese recipes.
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3 Comment(s):

rosie wrote on 11/8/2012 11:25:52 PM

CM usually Salutes a different country each year. I have attended the Salute to Spain and the Salute to France. When is this year's Salute in 2013? Thanks! Rosic

Global Administrator wrote on 10/25/2012 8:54:42 AM

Jatana - thank you for your comment, the 11/1 class with Sarah Fioroni in San Antonio is scheduled from 6:30-9:00pm. The class currently has a waiting list, and you can add your name to the list here http://www.cookingschoolsofamerica.com/centralmarketsanantonio/index.php?page=classes#1599

Jatana wrote on 10/24/2012 9:05:46 PM

What time is the cooking class on Nov. 1st with Sarah Fioroni and are there any openings. We were just at her place in Tuscany last month and I'd love to sign up for the class but have to know what time it starts and whwen it's over. Thanks so much!

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