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Cowgirl Chef: Texas Cooking with a French Accentby Ellise Pierce
Synopses & Reviews
Moving to Paris was the best bad decision that native Texan Ellise Pierce ever made. Wooed to the city by a love affair, she soon found herself broke and broken-hearted. So she launched her last-ditch effort to stay in the City of Lights. Cowgirl Tacos, her Tex-Mex catering company in Paris, appealed to other American ex-pats who missed the flavors of home. But she did more than start a company—she created a unique cuisine that weds the spicy chile peppers and tortillas of Texas with the delicate French traditions of quiche, tart, and soufflé. Cowgirl Chef features more than 100 of her inspired recipes, along with the story of a homesick Texans adventures in Paris.
Baked Bleu Cheese Grits
Walnut Tart w/ Cornmeal Crust
Profiteroles w/ Hot Fudge Sauce
"Caterer and food blogger Pierce (cowgirlchef.com) follows in the wake of Homesick Texan Lisa Fain's success in writing wistfully about the Texan food she left behind when moving to Paris to join her charming boyfriend. Putting aside Pierce's claim of having 'created a unique cuisine,' the reader can see what fusion food looks like in its infancy, when immigrants reach toward their comfort foods with the only ingredients and tools they can find in their new, foreign homes. Pierce's recipes include Tex-Mex classics such as homemade chorizo, tacos al pastor, and tortilla soup; French classics such as mushroom tapenade, eggplant caviar; and a wide range of simple French dishes lightly adapted to satisfy the Texan palate. Pierce makes her mother's cornbread in madeleine molds, throws chorizo and minced habanero into her Paris chicken fricassee, and invented the Parisian breakfast taco in the form of her Cowgirl quiche. Although simple and more classic than creative, the recipes are solid and should satisfy readers looking for a glimpse into a Texan expat's home cooking." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Moving to Paris was the best bad decision that Texan Ellise Pierce ever made. Wooed to the city by a Frenchman, she soon found herself with just 100 euros in her bank account. So she launched a last-ditch effort to stay in the City of Light: She started her own catering business and began teaching other American expats how to re-create flavors from home. Using French ingredients and techniques from both sides of the Atlantic, she did more than found a culinary company—she created a unique style of cooking that’s part Texas, part French, and all Cowgirl.
About the Author
Ellise Pierces blog, CowgirlChef.com, has been a hit with Americans and Parisians alike, as her Tex-French” fusion cuisine has made a splash on both sides of the Atlantic. She also writes the Cowgirl Chef column, which runs in more than 300 U.S. newspapers, and has also written for Newsweek, Bon Appetit, Food and Wine, and Saveur. She lives in Paris and makes frequent trips back home to Dallas. Visit her at cowgirlchef.com
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