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Texas Book Festival 2002

Food Events and Panels Headline Texas Book Festival

by Alfredo Alvarez
Texana Food & Events Editor
(AUSTIN, TX) - The Texas Book Festival has elvolved into one of the finest of its kind in the country. This year's seventh annual festival continues its tradition of bringing wonderful chefs and cookbook authors to Austin. Many novice, experienced cooks or foodophiles will not want to miss any of the activities scheduled. The following events will feature chefs, cookbook authors, and food critics at the Festival, November 14-17.

The following panels will take place November 16-17 at the State Capitol:

Saturday, November 16

  • Savory Grace: The Art of Food Writing
    with food writers Jim Harrison (Off to the Side: A Memoir) and Lucian K. Truscott IV (Full Dress Gray), moderated by Saveur editor Colman Andrews.
Sunday, November 17
  • What's Cooking in Texas?
    with Bill Cauble & Cliff Teinert (Barbecue, Biscuits, & Beans), Terry Thompson-Anderson (Texas on the Plate), Diana Barrios Trevio (Los Barrios Family Cookbook) and Robb Walsh (Legends of Texas Barbecue), moderated by Cathy Cochran-Lewis.
BON APPETIT, Y'ALL * Thursday, November 14
A Tasting Event with Lidia Bastianich, Rick Bayless, & Diana Barrios Treviño
At the home of Deborah & Tom Green of Austin * 7 pm * $150 per person
  • Underwritten by WILLIAMS-SONOMA and Sarah Hales Smith; Sponsored by Central Market
  • Complimentary Cointreau and Antinori Orvieto wine from Remy/Cointreau and Don Eduardo Silver Tequila from Brown-Forman
  • Musical entertainment by Austin singer-songwriter Kimmie Rhodes

Some of the top chefs in Texas will prepare recipes by the Festival's featured cookbook authors as well as their own signature dishes. The Festival's featured cookbook authors will also be on hand to sign their books and visit with guests.


  • Lidia Bastianich * Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen
    Author, television host, co-owner of Felidia, Becco, and Esca in New York City
  • Rick Bayless * Mexico One Plate at a Time
    Television host & chef/owner of Frontera Grill & Topolobampo in Chicago
  • Diana Barrios Treviño * Los Barrios Family Cookbook: Tex-Mex Recipes From the Heart of San Antonio
    Co-owner of Los Barrios in San Antonio


  • Bill Cauble & Cliff Teinert * Barbecue, Biscuits, and Beans: Chuck Wagon Cooking
    Chuckwagon Cooks, Albany, TX
  • Terry Thompson-Anderson * Texas on the Plate
    Chef and author, West Columbia, TX
  • Robb Walsh * Legends of Texas Barbecue Cookbook: Recipes and Recollections From the Pit Bosses
    Food writer, Houston

Bruce Auden of Biga in San Antonio; Robert Barker of Demi Epicurious in Austin; Jeff Blank of Hudson's on the Bend in Austin; Sam Dickey of Granite Caf in Austin; David Garrido of Jeffrey's in Austin and Washington, D.C.; Kent Rathbun of Abacus in Dallas; Kevin Rathbun of NAVA in Atlanta, GA; Jean-Luc Salles of Texas Culinary Academy in Austin

The proceeds from all book sales at these events will benefit the Texas Book Festival's fund for public libraries. Since 1996, the Festival has awarded more than $1.35 million in grants to 441 public libraries across Texas. More than 20,000 people attended the Festival in 2001.

The Festival underwriter is AT&T. Other major sponsors include Bank of America, Barnes & Noble, The Hewlett Packard Company/ Microsoft, Susan Vaughan Foundation, Target Stores and Mervyn's, T.L.L. Temple Foundation, and Workplace USA.

The Festival's promotional sponsors include Time Warner Cable, the Austin American-Statesman, Book magazine, KGSR 107.1 FM, Oldies 103, NewsRadio 590 KLBJ-AM, Texas Monthly, KUT 90.5 FM, and News 8 Austin.

If you want more information or event tickets, visit the TBF Website at: www.texasbookfestival.org or call 512/477-4055. Send us your feedback - texana@texascooking.com

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