Aug 15, 201202:53 PMThe Telegraph
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Cowgirl Chef At National Cowgirl Museum
‘Cowgirl Chef’ Lunch and Book Signing
Noon to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, 1720 Gendy St., Fort Worth, Texas. Admission is $25; parking included. Click here or call 817.509.8960 for more info.
• Find some of Ellise Pierce’s past C&I columns and recipes here.
• Find another yummy dish from the new book here.
Rising culinary star Ellise Pierce, aka the Cowgirl Chef, is heating things up far beyond her home state of Texas. Her debut cookbook, Cowgirl Chef: Texas Cooking with a French Accent, is already in its third printing and selling out at every book signing, cooking class, and appearance where she ties her apron on.
A longtime columnist for Cowboys & Indians, Pierce followed her Parisian boyfriend to the City of Light but found true love in the kitchen. Blending classic French and sassy Tex-Mex, she started a catering company and taught cooking classes in Paris, all the while blogging about her experiences and posting her recipes. Eventually Pierce put together a charming cookbook to rave reviews from home chefs and gourmet luminaries such as David Lebovitz, Clotilde Dusoulier, and Dorie Greenspan. France Magazine called it “Delightful and delicious,” and the Dallas Morning News declared it “Irresistible … Cooks will totally get the way her mind arrives at quirky, clever combinations. You wind up with a continuum of dishes stretching from Texas to Paris, tucked around a lively and engaging narrative.”
From madeleines (with cornmeal) to Texas Killer cookies (with cayenne and cheddar) to My Big Fat French Salad (pictured; recipe below), the Cowgirl Chef’s recipes reveal how a bad case of food homesickness can lead a boot- and chile-loving gal to culinary inspiration.
Says Greenspan: “Ellise cooks like a cowgirl (albeit a French cowgirl with a perfectly tied silk scarf around her neck) and writes like your best friend. Whether you’re in France or America, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better companion in the kitchen.”
We couldn’t agree more.