Houston’s Best Chefs Dish on Food, Family and Mouthwatering Recipes
By Katricia Lang
Home is where the heart is and the kitchen is the heart of any home, so it’s natural to be overwhelmed by just the thought of cooking a meal. But have no fear: The following four cookbooks, each written by a Houston-based restaurateur, serve as guides to home, heart and hearth.
If marinara bubbling on the back burner and sizzling veal shanks fill you with warm memories, Paulie's: Classic Italian Cooking in the Heart of Houston’s Montrose District is for you. Paul Petronella, owner of Paulie’s, weaves together family history, autobiography and cookery book using family stories, photos and even a culinary family tree.
Similarly, With Gratitude, Johnny Carrabba - Celebrating 30 Years of Recipes, Stories, and Family shows how the Carrabba family recipes grew into the Johnny Carrabba family of restaurants. This coffee table-cookbook features food photography from award-winning photojournalist Debora Smail and more than 100 dishes.
If you’re keen to trace your Southern roots, stick out your thumb and hitch a ride with Alba Huerta, owner and operator of Julep cocktail bar. In Julep: Southern Cocktails Refashioned, Huerta and co-author Marah Stets will help you seek out the spirit in Southern spirits. And don’t worry about drinking on an empty stomach, the book includes both cocktail and bar snack recipes.
Sylvia Casares, “The Tex-Mex Queen” and frontwoman of Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen, can’t keep a secret. She co-authored The Enchilada Queen Cookbook: Enchiladas, Fajitas, Tamales, and More Classic Recipes from Texas-Mexico Border Kitchens with food journalist Dotty Griffith, where she shares tips and tricks for making our region’s culinary staple shine.
Carrabba’s - The Original
1399 South Voss
Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen
1140 Eldridge Parkway