Central Market Cooking Tent

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Central Market hosts a notable array of award winning culinary authors and chefs in the Central Market Cooking Tent. Get drawn in by the delicious smells and stay for the demonstrations, discussions and signings. Check out the schedule below to see who will present in this year’s Central Market Cooking Tent. Cookbooks will be available in the Cookbook Sales Tent. All of the authors will sign books afterwards!


Saturday, November 4


Breakfast in Texas: Recipes for Elegant Brunches, Down-Home Classics, and Local Favorites Cover Image10:30-11:15 a.m.
Breakfast in Texas

Terry Thompson Anderson
Wake up to a good ol’ Texas breakfast with James Beard Award finalist Terry Thompson Anderson. She’ll demonstrate a recipe from her new cookbook, Breakfast in Texas, a celebration of the rich diversity of the Lone Star breakfast, from breakfast tacos to goat curry to kolaches, vegetarian dishes and beyond!


Mexican Ice Cream: Beloved Recipes and Stories Cover Image11:45-12:30 p.m.
¡Helado Delicioso! Mexican Ice Cream

Fany Gerson 
Fany Gerson, the powerhouse behind Brooklyn’s La Newyorkina and Dough, demonstrates the  deliciously diverse flavors of Mexican ice cream while exploring the cultural aspects of preparing and consuming ice cream in her native country. Featuring flavors such as Oaxacan-style Lime Sorbet, Avocado-Chocolate Ice Cream, and Rice-Almond Ice Cream with Cinnamon, this book is absolutely irresistible!


America: The Cookbook

Nicole A. Taylor, Freddie J. Bitsoie
The remarkable diversity of American food culture is a rich reminder of the myriad traditions and experiences that define our country. Chefs Nicole A. Taylor (Georgia), and Freddie J. Bitsoie (New Mexico) join editor Gabrielle Langholtz to discuss the vibrant, and delicious, recipes of our heritage, as collected in the new compendium, America: The Cookbook.


Queso!: Regional Recipes for the World's Favorite Chile-Cheese Dip Cover Image2:15-3:00
Queso Power

Lisa Fain
Oh, queso, how do we love thee? The answer is simple: a lot, in every possible way. And we love that Homesick Texan Lisa Fain has written a whole book of recipes in queso’s honor. Join Lisa as she demonstrates the versatility of our favorite good time (or any time) food. It isn’t a party in Texas without queso!


Urban Cowgirl: Decadently Southern, Outrageously Texan, Food, Family Traditions, and Style for Modern Life Cover Image3:30-4:15
Cookin’ with the Urban Cowgirl 

Sarah Penrod
Martha Stewart meets the Pioneer Woman in Sarah Penrod, the seventh generation Texan who has taken her skills as a Southern chef to Hollywood, Las Vegas, New York City, and the Food Network. Now, she brings her talents to the Texas Book Festival to share Urban Cowgirl, part cookbook, part how-to and inspirational guide for the modern city girl with Southern roots and a cowgirl attitude.


Sunday, November 5


11:00-11:45 a.m.
Food for Thought and Action 

Julia Turshen
Coming together and talking about our actionable future has become common course for many Americans in 2017. Action is important, and activists need to eat! Join cookbook author Julia Turshen as she shares a recipe from her practical and inspiring handbook of dishes that provide sustenance for the mind and soul as we engage as a community in our civic future.


Mark Bittman in Conversation 
Mark Bittman 

With his bestselling How to Cook Everything series and award winning journalism, Mark Bittman has revolutionized the way we think and read about food. Join him today as he discusses his remarkable career and the tenth anniversary edition of his mega-bestseller, How to Cook Everything Vegetarian.


Elizabeth Street Cafe Cover Image1:30-2:15 p.m.
Elizabeth Street Cafe 

Larry McGuire, Tom Moorman
Austin’s celebrated Elizabeth Street Cafe has been serving up French-Vietnamese cuisine that wows diners and critics alike. Chefs Tom Moorman and Larry McGuire talk with Julia Turshen about their recipes, their bustling business, and their careers as two of the most prominent chefs in the Texas food scene


Bringing It Home: Favorite Recipes from a Life of Adventurous Eating Cover Image2:45-3:30
Bringing it Home with Gail Simmons 

Gail Simmons
Location: Omni Hotel Ballroom
Top Chef judge Gail Simmons is bringing global flavors and gourmet dishes to our homes with easy, accessible recipes that let us feel like Top Chefs in our very own kitchens. Join her as she demonstrates a recipe from her new cookbook, Bringing It Home: Favorite Recipes from a Life of Adventurous Eating.


Other Sessions for Foodies During the Festival Weekend


Letters to a Young Farmer: On Food, Farming, and Our Future Cover ImageSaturday, November 4  10:30-11:15 a.m.
Letters to a Young Farmer 

Raj Patel, Mas Masumoto
Letters to a Young Farmer is a compelling history and a vital road map—a reckoning of how we eat and farm; how the two can come together to build a more sustainable future; and why now, more than ever before, we need farmers, here on the brink of the largest retirement of farmers in U.S. history. The book assembles vivid, personal letters and essays from Barbara Kingsolver, Wendell Berry, Dan Barber, and 33 other esteemed writers, farmers, chefs, activists, and visionaries. This session will feature two of the book’s contributors—author and California farmer Mas Masumoto and University of Texas professor and activist Raj Patel—in conversation with Jill Isenbarger of Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, as they explore the book’s ideas and questions in open conversation with the audience.


Mexican Ice Cream: Beloved Recipes and Stories Cover ImageSaturday, November 4  3:30-4:15 p.m.
La Newyorkina: Celebrando los Dulces de México
Cynthia D’Aprix Sweenty, Rumaan Alam, Amita Trasi
Location: Ahora Sí Tent 

Presentado en Español. Fany Gerson fundó La Newyorkina después de un viaje a México—su país natal—para compartir y celebrar increíbles dulces y helados del México. Finalista del James Beard Award y la autora de dos libros de cocina, la misión de Gerson es de compartir la deliciosa dulzura de México que se ha reunido con gran éxito. Juntarse con ella para una discusión de su trabajo, sus experiencias como una mujer de negocios culinaria, y su nuevo libro, Mexican Ice Cream..


The President's Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas Cover ImageSunday, November 5  12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
The President’s Kitchen: The African-American Who Have Fed Our First Families

Adrian Miller in conversation with Toni Tipton-Martin
Location: Capitol Extension 2.016
James Beard award–winning author Adrian Miller shares the stories of the African Americans who worked in the presidential food service as chefs, personal cooks, butlers, stewards, and servers for every First Family since George and Martha Washington. Miller brings together the names and words of more than 150 black men and women who played remarkable roles in unforgettable events in the nation’s history.