Hungry minds & stomachs get their fill at 2015 TX Book Fest

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Renowned authors and chefs presenting at the 2015 Festival, with local food trucks on deck to fuel attendees’ appetites.

In the heat of the day, the Antonini siblings slurp their slushies from the Snowie stand at the Texas Book Festival. (Photo by—Morgan Yarnik).

Book lovers and foodies, prepare your minds and palates for feast at the 20th anniversary Texas Book Festival!

“Fermentation, toast, barbecue, chili and 19th century cookbooks are all on the menu at this year’s festival, as well as plenty of other topics to keep you lingering after the main course,” says Addie Broyles, who will be moderating one of the food panels.

Renowned cooking experts and culinary leaders from across the nation and Texas will present their latest cookbooks, engage in discussions, and perform a variety of cooking demonstrations at the Festival, Oct. 17-18, all free of charge and open to the public.


Steph Opitz, literary director, says: “Food plays an integral role in the celebration of culture, ideas, and literacy. The type of food we eat, how we prepare the ingredients, and ultimately how we consume and share it, is very telling of the actual essence of who we are and where we are from. Like the Festival itself, this year’s food offerings are sure to have something for everyone’s taste.”

The Festival will feature a variety of food vendors for hungry Festival-goers including sweet and savory crepes from Crepe Crazy; Philly cheese steak sandwiches and assorted gyros from Heros Gyros; barbecue from Micklethwait Craft Meats; gourmet pizza slices from Roppolo’s Pizzeria; sandwiches and burgers from O’s Campus Cafe; tacos and smoothies from Veracruz All Natural; mini pumpkin pies, mochanana bread, coffee, and more from Lavazza Espression; Amy’s Ice Creams; Snowie Shaved Ice; and Zhi Tea.
In the Cooking Tent, sponsored by Central Market, famous cookbook authors will prepare dishes from around the world.

Central Market Cooking Tent schedule and author information:



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Toni Tipton-Martin, The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks

Toni Tipton-Martin is an award-winning author, activist, food journalist and culinary historian. Tipton-Martin has established a stellar reputation for her fresh take on African American cuisine and recipes within a historical framework. Tipton-Martin also boasts impressive achievements including being the first female African American food editor at a major daily newspaper, and she has participated in events at the White House on multiple occasions.
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Virginia Willis, Lighten Up, Y’all

Virginia Willis is a popular food writer and chef known for her classic French cuisine with a down-home, Southern flare. Willis’ newest cookbook gives popular Southern dishes a lighter, healthier twist. In addition to regularly writing for Southern Living, Eating Well, Fine Cooking, and more, Willis has also participated as a guest chef and teacher in Central Market cooking classes across Texas.
97816077479561:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Robb Walsh, The Chili Cookbook

Robb Walsh is a three-time James Beard Journalism award winner and the author of more than a dozen food-related books. Widely known for his love for Texas-inspired cuisine, Walsh presents his newly released book devoted to chili recipes for all occasions. This is Walsh’s third appearance in the Cooking Tent at the Texas Book Festival.


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Cappy Lawton and Chris Waters Dunn, Enchiladas: Aztec to Tex Mex

Hailing from San Antonio, Cappy and Chris join the Cooking Tent as a duo dedicated to the art and mastery of enchiladas. Cappy Lawton is a well known restaurateur and currently owns La Fonda on Main, Cappy’s Restaurant and Bar and Cappyccino’s in San Antonio. Chris Waters Dunn was an American singer-songwriter and producer who decided to tap into the culinary world and now writes the Chef’s Secret column for the San Antonio Express-News.
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Vianney Rodriguez, Latin Twist

Native Texan, lover of Mexican cuisine and award-winning blogger, Vianney Rodriquez brings Latin flair and flavors to the Cooking Tent with her new cookbook featuring traditional and modern craft cocktails.





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Cathy Barrow, Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry

Blogger and food writer turned award winning cookbook author, Cathy Barrow presents her impressive book dedicated to food preservation and canning. In recent years, Barrow’s recipes and blog have been featured nationally on NBC’s The Today Show and NPR’s Morning Edition.


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Raquel Pelzel, Toast: The Cookbook

Raquel Pelzel is an award winning cookbook author and food writer. Pelzel’s newest cookbook highlights the simplicity and versatility of cooking with toast and was recently featured in Bon Appetit as one of fall’s best titles.


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Gena Hamshaw, Food52 Vegan: 60 Vegetable-Driven Recipes for Any Kitchen

Gena Hamshaw is a certified clinical nutritionist, food writer, cookbook author and assistant editor for Her newest cookbook explores delicious plant-based recipes that omnivores and vegans alike are sure to love. Hamshaw is also teaching a special vegetable driven class at the Central Market cooking school on Monday, Oct. 19, following her appearance at the Texas Book Festival.


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Kristen Miglore, Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook

Kristen Miglore is the executive editor at and has also been published in the Wall Street Journal, Saveur, and The Atlantic. Miglore’s cookbook is based on her James Beard Award nominated Food52 column, Genius Recipes, and features new techniques and ideas to help readers rethink and reinvent everyday cooking.


Other food-related panels and sessions at this year’s Festival include: 

BBQSaturday, 10:00- 11:00 a.m.

The History of Franklin’s Barbecue 

Get hungry for some barbeque with Aaron Franklin and Jordan Mackay as they talk about their new book, Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto. Located in the Texas Tent.

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The Sweet Life: Cook, Eat, and Entertain the Latina Way 

Meet SweetLife cook and blogger  as she chats about Tejana food, culture, and entertaining. Located in the Ahora Si Program Tent at 12th and Colorado.

orangedatesalad1Saturday, 3:00- 3:45 p.m.

All About Food52

With incredible resources for all kinds of chefs and home cooks, has become the go-to source for many. Moderated by Tom Philpott, join us for this delicious conversation with the chefs and writers behind Food52’s Vegan, Baking, and Genius recipes. Located in the Texas Tent.